Recent excellent talks are available on YouTube:
- Dr Eamon Maher: "The Cultural Legacy of Irish Catholicism, from the Pope’s visit in 1979 up until the present day" On the 13th of January Dr Eamon Maher presented an excellent summary of the exposure of the catholic hierarchy's fiefdom which ruled in tandem with our state - showing how it had moved far from the teaching of Christ and lost its moral authority.He included a comment from Fintan O’Toole (Irish Times) which gives a succinct summary: ‘The Irish had been taught for generations to identify morality with religion, and a very narrow religion at that. Morality was about what happened in bedrooms, not in boardrooms. It was about the body, not the body politic. Masturbation was a much more serious sinthan tax evasion. In a mindset where homosexuality was a much worse sin than cooking the books, it was okay to be bent as long as you were straight.’ Click here to see Video
- Fr Roy Donovan: "What does it mean to be Catholic Today?" On the 10th of February Fr Roy Donovan gave an excellent speech to WAC stating that the injustice at the heart of the Catholic Church was the exclusion of women from the priesthood. He likened the Irish Church today to an old car that has gone off the road into boggy land and has become stuck:"The engine is still running, but the wheels are spinning and going nowhere. Can't go forward or backwards. As in the U2 song, 'stuck in a moment you can't get out of'." Click here to see video
3. Fr Brian Grogan SJ: "Pope Francis' Gospel Centered Church" On the 9th of March Fr Brian Grogan SJ said if he had been a lay person he would have joined a group like WAC.
He gave an overview of how dysfunctional our church had been for 40 years up to 2013. But Pope Francis is doing very nicely. He gave a long list of what Francis has done: Pastoral care of the People of God with a homily every day for the past 7 years; Care for the poor (moving into Sancta Marta); Pastoral care for marriage and family; Primacy of conscience; Gradualism, getting there;Field Hospital; Smelling of sheep; Communal discernment: The Irish bishops have been offered as much power as they want - "But they did not take it!" - cry from audience - to laughter! Bidden or unbidden God is present. Give the Holy Spirit the mic. Click here to see video