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Catholic Church | Catholicism | Catholics | Ireland | Roman Catholicism

Down and Out in Catholic Ireland

I used to teach with or alongside Emmet Larkin, University of Chicago expert on the Roman Catholic Church in Ireland, motivated in part to understand Chicago Catholicism, which still numbers a couple hundred thousand people. Larkin wrote much and tut...

March 12, 2018

Ireland | priests | Roman Catholicism | sexual abuse | suicide

Suicide among Priests?

“Suicide is on the rise among Irish priests” is the kind of report which causes or should cause concern and a sense of crisis among Irish and non-Irish, priests and non-priests, Catholics and non-Catholics—anyone with humane instincts, empathic conce...

December 19, 2016

same-sex marriage | Roman Catholicism | Pope Francis | Ireland

Ringing the Changes on Change

This now-passing spring we have heard and seen changes in the religious spheres, which get described as “stunning,” “startling,” and more. We’ll reach into our internet deposit for just two which have shaken the world of Catholics and millions of the...

June 1, 2015