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  • Irish Churches and Reconciliation: Breaking the Bondage of the Past

    Fergus O’Ferrall

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    The continuing grave and unresolved situation on the island of Ireland calls all who acknowledge Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour to a costly ministry of reconciliation (2 Cor 5:18).

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  • Irish Politics and Brexit Failure

    William Kingston

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    A ‘no-deal’ Brexit obviously means a hard border in Ireland, and with the election of Boris Johnson, the danger of it has greatly increased.

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  • Irish, ‘Celtic’, and the Future

    Alan Titley

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    When I was asked to imagine Ireland, and the place that the Irish language, literature, and culture might have in it in 2030, I had to swallow hard. It is difficult enough to examine a past that is always changing, almost impossible to assess a present that is in constant flux: so what chance is there to imagine a future that will never be what we think?

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  • Is There a Future for Christian Religious Education in Irish Post-primary Schools?

    Amalee Meehan

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    The Irish state is committed to ensure that all children, in accordance with their abilities should have ‘formative experiences in moral, religious and spiritual education’, while maintaining due regard for the rights of the child and their parents to freedom of religion.

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  • John Bruton: An Appreciation

    Kevin Rafter

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    Whether it was powering down the corridors in Leinster House or hastily arriving into a radio studio, the image of John Bruton that sticks in my mind is of a man on the move. He did not have the easy gait of an athlete, but he walked with powerful intent. And then there was the laugh, raucous but warm. It almost wrapped itself around those in his company. In my work as an academic, and my previous career as a political journalist, I interviewed John Bruton many times – as leader of Fine Gael, as taoiseach, and also in his very active years after leaving national politics in Ireland.

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  • John Henry Newman and the Idea of a University

    David Begg

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    In an address to the Pontifical Irish College in Rome on 11 October 2019 to mark the canonisation of John Henry Newman, Archbishop Diarmuid Martin observed: ‘The development of university education in Ireland has lost this dream of Newman. The main universities proclaim themselves to be, by definition, exclusively secular and thus they shun any real place for religion in their culture’.

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  • John Hume’s Legacy

    Michael Lillis

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    It would be difficult to argue against the proposition that John Hume has been the most important and influential political leader in Ireland over the past forty years.

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  • John Redmond and the First World War

    Ronan McGreevy

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    Ronan McGreevy writes about John Redmond, whose commitment to Irish participation in the First World War destroyed him and his party.

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  • Joseph Ratzinger on the Foundations of Moral Theology

    D Vincent Twomey SVD

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    For Joseph Ratzinger, the future Benedict XVI, now Pope Emeritus, Christianity cannot – in the tradition of Kant – be reduced to ethics.1

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  • Julien Green (1900–1998)- Exploring the Intersection of Religion and Literature

    Eamon Maher

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    The extent and quality of Julien Green’s work has earned for him a place in the pantheon of French, and, indeed, world letters. Born in Paris at the very start of the twentieth century to American parents, Green never felt completely at home in France or in the American South, where he went to pursue a university education.

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  • Just Work? Catholic & Feminist Perspectives on Labour and Livelihood

    Christine Firer Hinze

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    This brief essay is premised on two convictions. The first is that modern

    Catholic Social Teaching and thought, though it has many limits, provides

    a contemporary, Gospel- and tradition-based understanding of human

    flourishing, a specific orientation toward people and institutions, and a

    set of moral principles or base-points.

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  • Justice, Dignity, and Reward: Nurturing Relationships in the Gig Economy

    Calum Samuelson

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    The Bible has a great deal to say about workers and work, but, due to considerable cultural and economic differences, it can be difficult to apply biblical wisdom to the complex landscape of modern work.

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