A Marvellous Book on Women’s Ordination

What they Don’t Teach you in Catholic College

Women in the Priesthood, and the mind of Christ.

John Wijngaards.

John Wijngaards has given the greater part of his life studying and researching the whole area of women and priesthood in the Catholic Church. I think it is fair to say that at this stage he is probably the most knowledgeable person on this topic alive today. He is also the founder of the Wijngaards Institute for Catholic Research, which has a website, www.womenpriests.org, which contains the fruit of all his and others research, and is a wonderful resource for anyone wishing to understand the whole history of the Catholic Church’s relationship with women.

A Short Reflection on Anger


Anger is one of the basic human emotions, but like all other human emotions, it has a positive and a negative aspect to it.

At present here in Ireland the media keep telling us that we are all ANGRY over a certain game of golf and dinner in Clifden. 

I know that there is some anger, maybe more disappointment and disillusionment over the event. Of course the dinner should not have happened, and it was foolish of the public figures, in particular, who took part in it.

The Coronavirus and Religious Life

Back in ‘old god’s time’ in the nineteen nineties, I wrote a book about Religious Life, predicting that convents and monasteries as we knew them then were coming towards the end of their particular era. In other words, that the form of religious life that we have seen prosper in Ireland in the past two centuries appeared to me to be in serious decline, and maybe even facing extinction. 

Events since then have confirmed my assessment, indeed to a degree and with a rapidity that I would not have thought possible back then.

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