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Jennifer A Head

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  • Veiled Figures: Pioneering Women Religious in the Sciences

    Jennifer A Head

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    Jennifer A Head

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  • Voices in Prefaces: Speaking Irish in an English Reformation

    John McCafferty

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    Voices in Prefaces: Speaking Irish in an English Reformation

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  • West and East_ Europe’s Dual Experience

    Tomáš Halík

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    The spirit of the West

    When we speak of East and West in relation to Europe the terms usually have a cultural and political, rather than a geographical sense. The cultural differences between Christianity in the two areas stem from the difference between Greek and Latin thinking.

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  • What Constitutes a Catholic School in 2019? A Legal Perspective

    Feichín McDonagh

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    What, in law, is a Catholic school? How do the Irish Constitution and the Education act 1998 regard a ‘Catholic school’ or for that matter any school with a religious patron?…

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  • Where has Cardinal Pell’s Case Brought Us in the Australian Church?

    Frank Brennan SJ

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    Pope John Paul II’s biographer George Weigel, writing the Introduction to Cardinal Pell’s Prison Journal, describes this writer as one who ‘had previously held no brief for Cardinal Pell’ and as ‘one who was a severe critic’.1 I plead guilty to both charges.

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  • Women’s Prophetic Voice for the Church

    Gráinne Doherty

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    I sort of feel I’m still in there – as tentatively as I am – because I believe in the ability of the Church to change. I believe it can change. And I believe that it will change. And I want to be part of that.

    These are the words of Ita, who shared her faith story with me as part of some research I recently conducted in Ireland on the relationship of women with the Catholic Church.

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  • Writing History with Female Religious Communities- Medieval and Modern Hagiography

    Máirín MacCarron

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    The importance of hagiographies for the study of early medieval history cannot be overstated. These texts are used to illuminate contemporary social, religious, and political practices, and to understand the intellectual environment of hagiographers. However, an over-emphasis on the hagiographer’s agenda, though crucial for understanding a work’s historical context, sometimes introduces too great a separation between their endeavour as an individual and the role of their protagonist’s community in preserving and curating their own history. This disparity can be particularly pronounced for female religious figures, as the earliest surviving sources concerning their lives often came from outside their monasteries and were written by men.

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  • Writing the History of Women Religious Today: Possibilities and Problems

    Deirdre Raftery

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    Deirdre Raftery

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  • Young People and the Future of the Irish Church

    Breda O’Brien

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    The World Meeting of Families in August 2018 was a great boost for those who attended the event in the RDS. From the beginning, it was virtually ignored by mainstream media, and while the organisers and attendees valiantly tweeted and posted, it could not overcome the absence of mainstream coverage. Therefore, it had little wider impact beyond the people who attended.

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  • ‘I Must Be Buried at Straide’: Michael Davitt’s Final Request

    John Dunleavy

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    Michael Davitt made his will in 1904, some two years before his death. He had clear views as to where he should be buried…

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  • ‘Marking the Card’ of an Overseas Candidate for Garda Commissioner

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    William Kingston

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