Catholics and intellectuals

Catholics and intellectuals

Posted by Colm, With 0 Comments, Category: Church News, Church Reform, Latest News, Women in the Church,

I disagree strongly with Archbishop Diarmuid Martin’s recent statement that the Irish Catholic Church is lacking in people of intellect (June 6th).

There are plenty of top-class intellectuals within our Catholic Church and many are studying theology, scripture and spirituality. Quite a number of those are women. Surely he knows that the all-male clerical club excludes those learned women from ministry, preaching and governance within our Catholic Church. Surely he is aware of our tragic history of the inquisition, anti-modernism and strict maintenance of a closed catechism system geared to shut out prophets, whistleblowers and nasty intellectuals! Surely he is aware of the cruel silencing meted out to the French scientist Fr Teilhard de Chardin and many other intellectuals pre-Vatican II.

Surely the archbishop is aware of the unjust Roman treatment imposed over the past few decades on Hans Küng, Fr Sean Fagan, Fr Tony Flannery, Fr Gerard Moloney and many others who have applied their intellect and attempted to formulate a narrative of the Good News in language, concepts and structures relevant to people today?

Screen Shot 2016-06-13 at 22.49.59Surely this archbishop, after many years in Rome, knows that the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith does not exactly encourage intellectuals to articulate the Good News in terms of growing knowledge and modern insights?

This tragic fact is at least one factor in the crisis within our Catholic Church.

The closed, monarchical, male hierarchy is quite dysfunctional, and many good people rightly give it a wide berth at this time and exercise their talents elsewhere in service to the kingdom of God.

Yours, etc,



Dublin 16.


PP Brendan Butler 2015How can Archbishop Diarmuid Martin expect any Catholic person with any degree of intellectual integrity to defend its discriminatory exclusion of women from ministry and its distorted teaching against LGBT people?

Yours, etc,



Co Dublin.