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Peter McVerry SJ

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  • A Kingdom Here on Earth: Jesus the Social Revolutionary

    Peter McVerry SJ

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    Jesus had a mission statement, long before mission statements became popular. We pray, in the Our Father, that Jesus’ mission may be accomplished: ‘Thy Kingdom come … on earth, as it is in Heaven’. Jesus talked about a kingdom here on earth, over which God could happily preside.

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  • A Locus of Dialogue: the Catholic School in a Pluralist World

    Brian Flannery

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    It is generally accepted that the levels of Catholic patronage in Irish education are out of kilter with the profile of Ireland’s new demographic.

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  • A Pilgrim Church – Responding in Uncertain Times

    Timothy Quinlan

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    Having spent some thirty years (1980–2010) teaching religion at second level in a Dublin city school, I can confirm from personal experience many of the contentions about the steady decline of the influence of the Catholic Church as detailed in Derek Scally’s book The Best Catholics in the World and as it is reflected in the broad range of articles in response to its publication in the autumn 2022 issue of Studies.

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  • A Pope on a Neoliberal Island

    Kevin Hargaden

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    It is a year since Pope Francis visited Ireland. Various explanations can be offered for the relatively small numbers who attended the official ceremonies, although it should be remembered that these events represented the largest public gatherings anywhere in the state last year.

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  • A Reflection on the Crises in Afghanistan following the Fall of Kabul

    Patrick Comerford

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    The fall of Kabul in recent months and the completion of the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan in August have created a multiplicity of crises and have had repercussions in many areas of life in Ireland.

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  • Abbé Edgeworth de Firmont- Confessor to the King

    John Hedigan

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    On the 21 January 1793, as he faced the guillotine, Louis XVI, King of France, was attended by an Irish-born priest, Henry Edgeworth, known in France as Abbé Edgeworth de Firmont. Writing of the grim events of that day, René de Chateaubriand wrote bitterly, ‘a foreigner sustained the Monarch at his last hour – it seemed as if there were not a single Frenchman left who was loyal to his sovereign’. There was, however, somewhat more to the story than that.

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  • Access and Inclusion for a Modern RIAM: Reflections from a Twenty-First Century Conservatoire Leader

    Deborah Kelleher

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    If you open the Royal Irish Academy of Music (RIAM) current strategic plan you will find that ‘Access and Inclusion for a Modern RIAM’ is the first of four overarching goals. This paper begins by making the case that access and inclusion was a founding principle of the RIAM and has continued as a principle up to today. I reflect, as director of RIAM, on our more recent contribution to promoting access and inclusion in music education and participation to include young people and adults with disabilities through the creation of the Open Youth Orchestra of Ireland. I review some of the defining factors that influenced our thinking, including the Creative Ireland project (2017–present), international models of good practice, and policy statements about music and human rights.

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  • After European Civilisation

    Desmond Fennell

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    A common explanation of why the West is in turmoil has been the ‘populist’ risings against the ascendancy of ‘liberal political and cultural elites’. But the root cause of the disorder lies further back…

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  • After the Pope – the Catholic Church in Ireland

    Gerry O’Hanlon SJ

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    The role of the Catholic Church in Irish public and private life has changed considerably.

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  • After the Visit: Re-Learning Our Past

    Stephen Collins

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    There is a general consensus that the visit of Pope Francis to Ireland last summer failed to make any serious impact on the country.

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  • Alfred Elmore’s Religious Controversy and the Fr Thomas Maguire Debates

    Caoimhín de Bhairís

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    Religious Controversy in the Time of Louis XIV (location now unknown) was painted by the Clonakilty born artist Alfred Elmore and exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1849.1 Alfred Elmore was also a shareholder in Daniel O’Connell’s National Bank from as early as 1836 and his father was a close associate of O’Connell and an ardent supporter of Catholic Emancipation.2 In 1840 Elmore exhibited a painting at the Royal Academy exhibition in London that was commissioned by O’Connell and which would eventually be hung in St Andrew’s church, Westland Row, in Dublin, where it remains to this day.

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  • An Abrahamic Journey: Ireland, Faith and the Papal Visit

    Michael Kirwan SJ

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    A year after the visit of Pope Francis to the World Meeting of Families in August 2018, it would be stretching things to describe Ireland as ‘transformed’.

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