Category: Feature

Did Christ bring a message or establish a new covenant?

Jesus cannot be reduced to a Buddha-like figure who came to bring a message of enlightenment, writes Dr John Murray Whilst it is perhaps good to see Dr Noel Keating encouraging “the Christian churches” (sic) to pursue contemplation, it is deeply worrying to see how he describes this contemplation and his background beliefs about Christ…

Christian by name and in deed

The Sunday Gospel The Sunday Gospels these weeks are about Jesus on the way to Calvary and how his followers are to take up their crosses also. Today’s reading (Mark 9:38-43, 45, 47-48) is a challenge to be Christian not only in name but also in the way we live. Do I belong to Christ…

I have come to serve

The Sunday Gospel Last Sunday we completed the first half of the ministry of Jesus and moved into the second stage.  “Who do you say I am?”  The first half of Mark is complete when Peter recognises him as the Christ, the Anointed One.  Jesus is his personal name and Christ is his career name,…

Steering Ferns towards a sustainable future

Parishioners must be trained and prepared in innovative ministries to keep parishes alive, the new bishop of Ferns tells Chai Brady Every diocese has a unique set of challenges but there is a “definite trend” all are experiencing in Ireland which is the continued decrease in priestly vocations, with the new Bishop of Ferns saying…

The end is in sight in fight against leprosy

Catholic charity St Francis Leprosy Guild is striving to see leprosy eradicated within 25 to 30 years, writes Jason Osborne Leprosy, or Hansen’s disease, has stalked the world since biblical times, and God has often used it to show that his healing power is at work in the world. He transformed the appearance of Moses’…

Our primary defence against demons is deteriorating

Ireland is unprepared in battle against the demonic as Christianity declines, a renowned US exorcist tells Chai Brady The number of people who believe they are being oppressed or even possessed by demonic forces has continued to rise as Christianity declines in the Western world, according to a well-known American exorcist who warns that practicing…