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Doctrine & Life

April 2021

From the Editor’s Desk: Enda McDonagh, 1930-2021

Bernard Treacy, O.P., pays tribute to the theologian who died on 24 February.

Reading, Raiding and Writing: A Moral Theologian at Work

Enda McDonagh gives an account of his lifetime approach to theology, in an article he had placed with Doctrine & Life and which is here published as a mark of respect to him.

Remembering Enda McDonagh

Five writers who knew Enda McDonagh testify to the range of his interests and involvements. Raphael Gallagher writes on his commitment to seeing The Justice of God at the Centre. Linda Hogan points to how his thinking was centred on Fragility Oriented towards Hope. Finola Finnan recounts his involvement with Trócaire and CAFOD in Finding a Theology for a Time of AIDS. Richard Clarke concentrates on The Courtesy of Hospitality as summing up Enda McDonagh. John Cooney sees in him The John Hume of Theology.

Reading Pope Francis in Ireland

John O’Brien insists that the synthesis Pope Francis seeks, of the oppositions that lacerate society, is no halfway-house, centrist solution, but unity of the flow of Catholic tradition seen as a coincidence of opposites. Reconciliation is not entrusted to Hegelian speculation but to the mystery of God in history.

Vortex or Vistas?

Sabine Schratz, O.P., sees that while society as a whole is scanning dark horizons for the guidance of lighthouses to reach the security of any shore, religious life has an anchor and a compass. We religious are – and always have been – grounding our lives in Gospel values and the charism of our founders. This is the first of two articles prompted by the articles of Sr Liz Murphy in the January and February issues.

An End That Was not an Ending

Brendan Staunton, S.J., looks the history of art as a forum for reflecting on the questions for religious life raised by Sr Liz Murphy in January and February. The rise of Impressionism seemed to be an end of classical painting. The Impressionist artists also opened a way to a new stage, not just another transition, but a radical renewal. When Cezanne became unhappy with the movement, this was an end but not the end of painting. He concludes: ‘The signs seem to point to an ending. But is our destiny not to reach an ending that has no end?’

America Returns to the World Stage

David Begg looks at the foreign policy options facing President Biden, suggesting that ‘Americans must understand that the purpose of alliances is to defend, not against direct threats to US interests, but against a breakdown of the order that best serves those interests. They must also accept that the task of maintaining a world order is unending and fraught with costs but preferable to the alternative.’

Return to the Fall

Martin Henry analyses the text where St Paul says, ‘perhaps more interestingly and provocatively, not to say scandalously, that the gift of salvation, to borrow his own terms, “considerably outweighs the fall”.’

Engaging and Re-engaging with Vatican II

Niall Coll reviews The Vision of Vatican II: Its Fundamental Principles, by Ormond Rush

Accommodation to Suit the Person

Cecily Kelleher reviews Rethinking Housing Options for Senior Citizens


Type: Journals


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