THE Vatican Council was without doubt one of the most significant cultural events of the 20th century for Irish culture taken as a whole, especially through its documents on the Church in the modern world and on religious freedom, and thus on the concept of pluralism.
FAITH and the role of the family is a perennial hot topic but interest has been heightened by Pope Francis's apostolic exhortation Amoris Laetitia as well as Ireland's role as host of next year's World Meeting of Families.
THE Solemnity of the Assumption, celebrated every August 15, teaches that Mary, the mother of Jesus, was taken up, body and soul, into heaven, when her earthly life had ended; and what Mary now enjoys in heaven by the special grace of God, is what is promised by God at the end of the world to those who try to follow, however falteringly, in the wake of Jesus.
PRIESTS who fail to tell police about suspected child sexual abuse should face criminal charges, even if they learn of abuse during a confidential religious confession, Australia's most powerful investigative authority has recommended.
WHENEVER I think about the topic of speaking in the public square, I find myself returning for inspiration to the story from Acts 17 and its account of St Paul in the 'agora' of ancient Athens - that great meeting place of government, commerce and ideas.