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Doctrine & Life
January 2020

The Elusive Quest for Human Flourishing in the Inner City

David Beggs reports on in-depth research into the effects on the people of Dublin’s North East Inner City of the proposed transfer of Temple Street Children’s Hospital. It raises the question of whether the local community has descended into a slough of despair, with many of those interviewed lacking confidence in their own caring abilities.

Whose Life Is It Anyway?

John Scally offers the first part of what he hopes will be a contribution to a calm, measure reflection on a painful problem. He examines the strengths and weaknesses of a number of concepts customarily used in moral reasoning on this topic – ordinary / extraordinary means; proportionality; active / passive; double-effect.

Understanding Transgender through the Prism of Sex and Gender

Gerald D. Coleman continues his series on ‘What They Are Saying about Transgender’.

Late End of the Middle Ages: Simone Weil (1909-1943)

Poet John F Deane sees ‘Weil’s resentment towards being, her elevation of death and nothingness’ as bringing ‘the old self-abnegation tradition to its climax and logical conclusion.’

What’s in Game?

Kevin O’Gorman provides reflections prompted by the recent rugby world cup, looking, in particular, at moves to eliminate racism in sport and at how sporting events and movements can be opportunities for community reconciliation.

A Loaf of Bread: The Links between Life and Liturgy

Thomas O’Loughlin suggests that, if as Vatican II states, the Eucharist is the ‘summit of the Christian life’, there is value in recognising that there also are foothills in our life of thanksgiving – many opportunities for praising God’s work in creation. These can arise especially at table with family or friends.

Kierkegaard and Abraham

Patrick Claffey reviews Philosopher of the Heart: The Restless Life of Søren Kierkegaard, by Claire Carlisle

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