In Brief

In Brief Prof. Gavin D'Costa
 charity ‘delighted’ with progress

Peter McVerry Trust, the national housing and homeless charity, has welcomed the release of figures showing that housing completions increased by 20% in 2018.

The charity said it hoped the increase in the supply of new homes would make it easier to reduce the numbers in homeless hostels, hotels, B&Bs and all other forms of emergency accommodation.

Responding to the figures, the trust CEO, Pat Doyle said: “Peter McVerry Trust is delighted to see progress continuing to be made on the number of houses that are being completed. We all know that we started from a very low base, but a 20% increase year-on-year is a clear upward and positive trend.”


 Jewish roots of Irish Church, urges

A theology professor has said the Irish Church needs to recover its historic Jewish components and create a new form of witnessing.

Gavin D’Costa, Professor of Catholic Theology and Head of Religion and Theology at the University of Bristol, said that while the Jewish population is very small in Ireland, any question relating to the universal Church is also relevant to the local Church.

“This question is important because it’s about the nature of our Faith and the nature of our Church,” he said, suggesting that Catholics need to explore the Jewish nature of the Church which goes back to the time of Christ.