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Doctrine & Life
May-June 2019

Delight in Doing Theology

Liam G. Walsh, O.P., outlines his journey into becoming a theologian and committing his life to studying and teaching theology. He sketches how close and attentive reading of the Summa Theologiae of Thomas Aquinas shaped all his thinking. And he pays tributes to the students of whom he says that ‘most, if not all, relished what [he] was trying to do.’

Claiming Our Catholic Schools

Edel Murphy, O.P., sets out how religious education in Catholic schools is inclusive, enabling all traditions to be recognised. ‘Our Catholic schools’, she writes, ‘nourish the capacity for spirituality. This involves the ability to converse, to experience, to question and to grow.’ Catholic schools ‘desire for our children to become who God has called them, and is calling them, to be.’

The Bishop’s Voice

Between the Dawn of the Modern Age and the Contemporary World

Patrick H. Daly pays heed to the insights and achievement of Counter-Reformation preaching with special attention to the French School of priestly spirituality, so influential especially in the early decades of Maynooth. He shows how, in light of the teaching of Vatican II, the bishop’s voice today must adopt many registers.

The Christ Option

Thierry M. Marteaux, O.S.B., offers a response to The Benedict Option by Rod Dreher. He finds it ‘a bizarre accomplishment to write a book claiming to be rooted in the Benedictine tradition and yet never mention the core of the Benedictine intuition found in: “On Humility” (Rule, Chapter 7).

John Henry Newman

The Best-kept Secret in the Irish Church?

David Begg reflects on the remarkable journey of faith and commitment that led to Newman being invited to set up a Catholic university in Dublin.

Spaces of God

Archbishop Michael Jackson examines the dynamic of hope and courage that makes hope possible. He raises the possibility of there being a place for the church and in the church in a process similar to that of the Citizens’ Assembly.

A Catholic Has No Allies

Eamon Maher shows how the publication of correspondence between France’s best known Catholic literati – Georges Bernanos, Paul Claudel, François Mauriac and Jacques Maritain – reveals serious rifts and, at times, a definite lack of Christian charity in the sentiments these men shared with one another.




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