June 12, 2012 |
DUBLIN - An international conference celebrating Roman Catholicism opened Sunday in Ireland against a backdrop of anger over child abuse cover-ups and evidence of declining faith in core church beliefs. About 12,000 Catholics, many from overseas, gathered for an open-air Mass in a half-full Dublin stadium at the start of the Eucharistic Congress, a weeklong event organized by the Vatican every four years in a different part of the world. The global gathering, begun in the 19th century and last held in Quebec in 2008, highlights the Catholic Church's belief in transubstantiation, the idea that bread and wine transforms during Mass into the actual body and blood of Jesus Christ.
July 26, 2011
By David J. O'Brien Miracles do happen. Who would have believed anyone could topple Irish Catholicism? But masses of Irish Catholics no longer attend church, and those who do have lost confidence in their priests and bishops. The Irish people are finally disengaging the church from its control of education, social services, and public morality. What brutal British occupiers could not accomplish over centuries, Ireland's bishops and their Vatican masters have brought about in little more than a decade.
May 8, 2011 |
BELFAST, Northern Ireland - Northern Ireland's two major parties will return to power atop a joint Catholic-Protestant government with increased support for their policies of compromise and peacemaking, electoral returns Saturday showed. The British Protestants of the Democratic Unionists and the Irish Catholics of Sinn Fein - bitter enemies for decades but, since 2007, partners in government - strengthened their hold on the Northern Ireland Assembly, the bedrock of the province's cross-community government.
October 10, 2010 |
Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it . That thought came to mind while reading a passage in Princeton professor Nell Irvin Painter's new book, The History of White People , in which she looks at racism as a concept that has never just been about skin color. The actual physical differences between the conqueror and the conquered, the master and slave, the enlightened and the barbarian, the haves and the have-nots, even between those considered white and black were often practically invisible.
September 29, 2005 |
Like many Catholics in the Philadelphia area, I felt a stream of mixed emotions last week when Philadelphia District Attorney Lynne Abraham released the grand jury report detailing the sexual abuse of many children by priests from the archdiocese. I hastily found the documents online and read through them, afraid of what and whom I would find in the 400 pages. It was to my great dismay that I found a handful of priests listed that I did indeed know. I was even further dismayed when reading about the alleged actions of the retired cardinal.
January 24, 2004 |
She is convinced that war is outdated, and love can conquer all. She thinks American foreign policy is appalling, and finds this country's reliance on guns to exact justice equally abhorent. And she entreated those gathered in a classroom at Rutgers University-Camden yesterday to do something about it. M?iread Corrigan Maguire has some strong opinions, ones often not embraced by the world around her. But the Nobel peace laureate delivered them unflinchingly yesterday with a smile and a twinkle in her eye, and an unrelenting optimism that "the human family" could overcome all differences.
November 5, 2003 |
Camden Catholic has been No. 1 all season in The Inquirer's South Jersey rankings, but the Irish could be seeded second in the Parochial 3 playoffs. In power ratings released yesterday by the NJSIAA, Camden Catholic (8-0) was first in Parochial 3 with a rating of 82. Even though St. Joseph Montvale trails Camden Catholic by 11 points, the Green Knights have one more game before the cutoff, against Group 4 Clifton (5-2). If Montvale wins, it would receive 13 points, going two ahead of Camden Catholic, which means bonus points would determine the winner.
March 23, 2001 |
Due to production difficulties, this story did not appear in yesterday's edition.PISCATAWAY, N.J. - Throughout a dream season in which the Camden Catholic boys' basketball team won its first state title in 59 years, the Irish have looked efficient and their play has seemed effortless. That was before meeting up Wednesday night with St. Anthony, which accomplished what many had deemed impossible: It made the Irish look more than a step slow. With unyielding defensive intensity that made every pass over halfcourt a tormenting exercise, St. Anthony put the clamps on Camden Catholic and defeated the Irish, 62-42, in Wednesday night's Tournament of Champions semifinals at Rutgers' Louis Brown Athletic Center.
March 12, 2000 |
One of the notable Irish American figures who emerged from this region in the early 20th century was Archbishop Thomas Francis Kennedy of Conshohocken. His work during this period helped form a strong bond between the Catholic Church in Rome and the Catholic community in the United States. At the time of Kennedy's birth in 1858, the Irish were the largest Catholic group in the Philadelphia area, according to an account by local historian Edward Hocker found in the library of the Historical Society of Montgomery County.
November 12, 1999 |
It seems the story of the Irish famine is getting short shrift in Philadelphia schools. According to Bob Gessler, past president of Division 87 and Philadelphia County board president of the Ancient Order of Hibernians, the mid-19th-century famine in Ireland merits only about one page, maybe less, in textbooks. To Irish-Americans, that should not be acceptable. As with any factor causing or affecting great migrations in history, such as the Holocaust and the slave trade, the famine tragedy should be told in its entirety.