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Doctrine & Life May- June 2017
The European Union at 60
David Begg discusses present difficulties in the functioning of what began as the European Economic Communities, while showing that we need to restore the concept of ‘Social Europe’ in a meaningful way.
Ups and Downs at Mass
Liam G. Walsh, O.P., begins a a series of articles on ‘The Mass, Yesterday, Today … Forever’, by showing how the Eucharist is both an act of worship (rising up to God) and a moment of sanctification (coming down from God). He looks, in particular, at the Last Supper, and draws in detail on the teaching of Thomas Aquinas.
Pilgrimage: Stepping out of Place and Time
Patrick Claffey explores the place of pilgrimage in Buddhist and Hindu as well as in Christian thinking and practice.
Should Medical Ethics Put aside Religious Values?
John Scally finds in the current controversy about the re-location of the National Maternity Hospital an opportunity to reflect on the history of thinking on medical ethics. Starting with ancient codes, he examines the need to recognise the patient as a person, and new questions touching on paternalism, autonomy and informed consent.
Proverbial Patience: The Paradox of Job
Luke Macnamara, O.S.B., sees in the figure of Job one whose personal integrity does not depend on status, health or wealth but on the basic and fundamental relationship he has with his Maker.
The Priestly Spirituality of Abbe Paul Warnier
Patrick H. Daly suggests that the note-books of a priest who died just at the end of Vatican II, and nearly 40 years ordained, set out the combination of sanctity and humanity which is essential to faithful priestly ministry.
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