Recent and Upcoming Events

Oct
23

Church of Mercy, Church of Standards

Our most recent event dealt with the topic ‘Church of Mercy or Church of Standards?’ At present there is a debate in the Catholic Church about the meaning of mercy. This has been prompted by the emphasis Pope Francis has been placing on mercy, and also by prominence of the topic in the lead-up to the Synod on the Family in Rome.

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June
17

The Meaning of Religious Freedom

Our next talk will be delivered by the Catholic bishop of Limerick, Dr Brendan Leahy. His topic will be ‘The Meaning of Religious Freedom’. This talk is particularly topical in view of the pressures on religious organisations such as schools and hospitals to conform to values that are often alien to Christianity.

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May
15

Aggressive Secularism: lessons for Ireland from Scotland

In Ireland there is a concerted move to banish religion from the public square. In Scotland, something very similar is taking place and if anything is further advanced than here. Professor Tom Gallagher will outline the lesson for Ireland from Scotland

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Oct
24

Church and State under Enda Kenny

Relations between Church and State have been turbulent since the current Government came to power. David Quinn examines its record to date from the closure of the embassy to the Holy See to the passage of the new abortion law.

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Aug
20

What happened to Catholic Ireland? An Irish-American historian’s view

John McCarthy is retired professor of Irish history at Fordham University, New York, and lives part of the year in Ireland. In his talk he will give his view on the past, present and future of Irish Catholicism.

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