Articles tagged with: Cathy Molloy

Ireland, Europe and Catholic Social Teaching: Shared Values?

on Friday, 28 August 2009. Posted in Issue 61 Perspectives on Europe

Cathy Molloy

September, 2009

Ireland, Europe and Catholic Social Teaching: Shared Values?

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No Irish in EU?

In May this year, on the last stretch of the ancient pilgrim route to Santiago de Compostela in Spain, etched on a large stone, for all to see, were the words ‘No Irish in EU’. The pilgrim route celebrates St James the Apostle and has been walked by Christians for well over a thousand years, and by Kerrymen since the 1400s!1 Given the history of Irish Christianity, and its importance in the founding of Europe from the 6th century, it shocks to realise that in 2009 there are people who do not want us in the European Union.

The Meaning of A Christmas that Speaks of Hope

on Tuesday, 23 December 2008. Posted in 2008

Cathy Molloy

December, 2008

‘Hope is that thing inside us that insists…that something better awaits us if we have the courage to reach for it.’ (US President-elect Barrack Obama, Jan 3rd 2008. 1)

We need Christmas this year more than ever as the perennial reminder that hope for a renewed world is not a vain hope.  The event of the birth of Christ, the timeless reminder that hope is now, hope is every day, takes on special significance in difficult times. Christian belief in the incarnation, God with us, God for us, God within us, means that the love of God, creator, source, origin of all life, shown to us through Christ, is precisely what keeps us going, literally gives life and sustains us, is that ‘something better’ that is ever present to us and awaits us if we have the courage to reach for it.


Pedro Arrupe: Inspirational Jesuit Leader

on Tuesday, 13 November 2007. Posted in Issue 56 The Anniversary Issue

Cathy Molloy, Social Theology Officer with the Jesuit Centre for Faith and Justice

November 2007


Pedro Arrupe in Canoe

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Does it seem strange that the role model for a centre for business ethics and for a hostel for the homeless is the same person?

The centenary of the birth of Pedro Arrupe has brought new interest in his life and work, which are being celebrated and commemorated this November, especially in his native Spain.

High schools and colleges have been named after him, centres for business ethics, for community-based learning, for creative leadership and for refugees have been named after him, as have scholarships and international solidarity programmes, institutes for human rights, university chairs, and societies and hostels for the homeless. From Dublin to Melbourne, Tokyo to Colombo, Washington to El Salvador, Manila to Nairobi, the name Pedro Arrupe is to be found wherever there are Jesuit institutions or works. What is it about this man, born 100 years ago, on 14 November 1907, and who died on 5 February 1991, Superior General of the Jesuits from 1965 to 1983, that has inspired, and continues to inspire, so many people, Jesuits and others, across the world?

Trafficking and the Irish Sex Industry

on Monday, 05 February 2007. Posted in Issue 54 Immigration and Integration: Realities and Challenges, 2007

Cathy Molloy is a Research Officer with the Jesuit Centre for Faith and Justice
February, 2007


‘These stories are horrific. They made us really angry that this could be happening in our country.’ ‘We are not going to stop until the legislation is changed.’ (The Carlow Nationalist, 19 May 2005 quoting Catriona Kelly a then Transition Year student at St. Leo’s College.)

At the Young Social Innovator of the Year Awards 2005, the Transition Year class of St Leo’s – founded by the Sisters of Mercy in 1839 – won the Global Citizenship Award. Their project, ‘Stop the Trafficking of Women into Ireland for Sexual Exploitation’, was inspired by stories of young girls and women whose experiences were so shocking that they could not be ignored.

A Challenge to Solidarity

on Friday, 09 December 2005. Posted in Issue 51 Refugees and Asylum Seekers: No to the Silence of Indifference!, 2005

December 2005

A Challenge to Solidarity
Cathy Molloy

Cathy Molloy is a Research Officer in the Jesuit Centre for Faith and Justice

The Christian understanding of solidarity is one of the fundamental principles of Catholic social teaching and is often the basis on which action towards, and with, people in situations of need is promoted. Solidarity, in this understanding, goes beyond a \'feeling of vague compassion, or shallow distress at the misfortunes of so many people, both near or far\' and calls for \'a firm and persevering determination to commit oneself to the common good; that is to say to the good of all and of each individual because we are all really responsible for all.1

Aspects of Catholic Social Teaching on Housing

on Monday, 13 June 2005. Posted in Issue 50 Housing the New Ireland, 2005

Cathy Molloy
June 2005
What Have You Done to your Homeless Brother?
The United Nations proclaimed 1987 the International Year of Shelter for the Homeless and to coincide with that time Pope John Paul II asked that the Church undertake its own reflection on the problem of housing. The result was What Have You Done to your Homeless Brother? a document of the Pontifical \'Justice and Peace\' Commission, presented on 27 December 1987 by its President, Roger Cardinal Etchegaray.1 This short article will focus mainly on some of the points from that document.

Issues of Justice, Leadership and Authority in the Church

Written by Cathy Molloy on Thursday, 10 April 2003. Posted in Issue 45 Social Partnership: Is it a Just Structure?, 2003

Cathy Molloy is a Research Officer for the CFJ.

The church has a long tradition of engaging with issues of social justice. We have come to expect that it will be an advocate for the disadvantaged and those excluded or on the edge of society and will criticise structural injustice wherever it comes to light. The recent uncovering of injustice of the most appalling kind within the church diminishes, for some, even the prophetic voices and actions of those most committed to justice. It disheartens everyone, lay and priest alike. This article touches on some issues relating to justice, leadership and authority in the church and considers some signs of hope for a way forward.

And so this is Christmas...?

on Thursday, 18 December 2003. Posted in Issue 47 Budget 2004: Preserving a Divided Society?, 2003


Cathy Molloy

December 2003


Amidst the hustle and bustle of Christmas many people find themselves drawing breath now and again and wondering what it is all about. On the one hand, there is the exhilaration of the \'season of goodwill\', the decorations and seasonal music to brighten all our lives, the getting together with friends or colleagues or family, the special food and present-giving that lifts us right out of the ordinary humdrum existence of short days and long winter nights. Where would we be without it? On the other hand, there are constant reminders that Christmas is not a joyous fun-time for everyone. Loneliness and poverty, homelessness, isolation, hunger and sickness can be exacerbated at Christmastime and we are fairly bombarded with requests to include others at home and far away in our way of celebrating the great Christian feast. And so we should be.

The Leaving Cert. and Good Outcomes: Hard Work, Good Luck or What?

Written by Cathy Molloy on Sunday, 29 June 2003. Posted in Issue 43 Juvenile Crime: Are Harsher Sentences the Solution?, 2002

Cathy Molloy, a part-time worker at CFJ, considers some issues behind the annual Leaving Cert. hype.


Every year at this time the newspapers and media in general invite us to share in the immediate drama of the Leaving Cert. Even if you have no student in your house, or have not been in contact with school books for decades, you cannot be unaware of the annual wave of hysteria that seems to have to accompany the final public examinations of the nation\'s school leavers.

We tend to think that law defines what crime is. This makes sense because contemporary legal codes are concerned with marking out the territory where conduct is permissible by specifying the conduct that is outlawed. Yet the earliest bodies of law – consider for example, the Torah or Hammurabi’s Code – are at least as committed to articulating the good as proscribing the bad... Read full editorial

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