I don't often post an open thread, but some of you tell me it's a good idea because it lets you get stuff off your chest without throwing the direction of other threads. It also permits you to make suggestions about subjects we might give some more substantial space to on Will & Testament. Let's see. Expatiate at will (sorry about the pun). Keep it legal. The house rules still apply.
Archives for March 2012
'Big Build 12' will see the first hammer come down on a Roma integration project that will deliver 50 homes over the next three years for families trapped in the cycle of poverty in the town of Caransebes, Romania.
The build will be helping families who are currently living in cramped, unhealthy conditions with no running water or proper sanitation facilities.
No skills are needed just a big heart and the determination to help transform lives! If you would like further information about Big Build you can go along to an information session on Wednesday 28th March, 7-8pm, Common Grounds Cafe, Belfast or visit Habitat for Humanity NI's website (here).
Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin, Cardinal Sean Brady and papal nuncio to Ireland Archbishop Charles Brown
The Visitation also calls on Irish Catholics to "establish a proper relationship" with the media. Many public commentators have expressed criticism, over many years, of the official Church's media strategy (or lack thereof) in dealing with the abuse crisis in particular. Some priests have, in the past year, expressed concern that the Visitation would turn into a heresy hunt, with the focus on rooting out non-orthodox, radical or progressive ideas: they will no doubt find some comments in these findings to confirm their fears. This sentence in particular will raise some concerns: "It must be stressed that dissent from the fundamental teachings of the Church is not the authentic path to renewal."
Significantly, the findings also comment on the lack of a "common line of action" by bishops in responding the the abuse crisis.
Read the Summary of the Apostolic Visitation here.
The church even offered amendments to the Covenant, which were accepted by the Unionist leaders, and participated in a campaign which took Britain and Ireland to the brink of civil war, with the emergence of the UVF and a provisional Unionist government.
On today's Sunday Sequence, we debated the morality of the church's involvement in the Ulster Covenant. What's your view?
Titanic under construction at Harland and Wolff
The question we asked this week was this: why was this shipbuilding feat completed by an overwhelmingly Protestant workforce? This answer to that question, our guests were agreed, remains a deeply troubling one: Catholic workers were very often excluded from the workforce because of their religion. Some spoke of "clear outs" of those Catholics who were employed at the shipyard. One even said the clear out was so comprehensive that we might properly regard Titanic as itself Protestant. You can listen again to this week's programme here and join the debate yourself.
Have we airbrushed the history of Titanic in this centenary year to make the story more acceptable to tourists?