- Written by Liam Hayes
I would like to express my sincere thanks for all the help and support offered to me earlier this year in the promotion and distribution of my PhD research questionnaire.
The response rate has been very positive indeed. I have started my analysis of the research data which is providing some very interesting results and considered reflections from across the catholic community - indeed many of the extended responses are both moving, inspiring and challenging for us all as church.
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- Written by David Willey - BBC
In the document, he says he is open to suggestions to changes in the power of the papacy.
- Written by Jean Riordan
Thank you to all the people at our National Conference who asked for transcripts of the speakers' talks. You can find Gerry'J Hughes SJ's talk "Where do we go from here" in the documents section of this web-site. Professor John Sullivan's talk is there too, but the title has been changed to "Being a Citizen in the Church" - the Talk is exactly what he said at Newman University - the editor of the Furrow is publishing it in their December issue and has kindly allowed us to put it up now. Professor King did not give us a transcript unfortunately but you might like to look up an excellent extended interview with her at
If you goolge, Ursula King that interview is very near the top of the page, and it covers many of the things she spoke about in her talk as well as giving you references to where else you can find her work.
- Written by Prof John Sullivan
Published in the December issue of The Furrow, appears with the kind permission of the editor.
“You are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are citizens with the saints and also members of the household of God” (Ephesians 2:19). This means that we belong, that we have a part to play, and that we have rights in the church. However, the belonging that is part of citizenship (in the church and more broadly) must be distinguished from group-think or tribalism. These distortions of belonging turn boundaries into barriers; they focus more on being against than being for; they slip into idolatry with regard to our positions, confusing signposts with destinations. It is when people are caught up in a crowd of the righteous that they sometimes find themselves crucifying outsiders.
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