In this issue:
Remembering Patrick Pye
Brian Lynch recalls the achievements of the artist, who died last February, aged 89.
Proposals to Amend Irish Law on Abortion
G.F Whyte, professor of law at Trinity College and co-author of John M. Kelly: The Irish Constitution, explains the technical legal questions arising in the forthcoming referendum.
Law, Society and Morals
John Harris, O.P., lecturer in theology in the Dominican house of studies, provides a framework for considering such questions as the place of human law as a factor in ensuring and strengthening commitment to the common good – the just and peaceful ordering of society in such manner as enables all its citizens to flourish. He draws extensively on the thinking of Thomas Aquinas.
What Now for Pope Francis?
T.P. O’Mahony, religious affairs analyst with The Irish Examiner, chronicles the difficulties which have begun to arise in the ministry of Pope Francis – not just the fact of some cardinals openly rejecting his teaching, but also what many see as his reckless defence of Bishop Barros in Chile, and the fears of Chinese Catholics concerning the Vatican’s diplomacy in the area.
Voting on the Eighth Amendment
David Begg, former secretary general of the Irish Congress of Trade Unions, reflects on the conscientious struggle many voters will experience in next month’s referendum, a struggle he shares. He sees it as important that each side attempt to appreciate the values in the case being made by the other side and be alert to the unintended consequences of policies adopted in good faith.
Understanding the Charism of a Religious Congregation
Janet Arrowsmith reaches out to the concerns of members of religious orders and congregations. She analyses the notion of charism as it applies to founders and foundresses and to the first followers, showing that every member contributes to the distinctiveness of the Institute and to the spirituality which shapes its continuation.
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