Introducing Reality July-August 2018
The cover says it all. This number of Reality celebrates the visit of our Holy Father, Pope Francis, to Dublin for the World Meeting of Families. The editorial is a letter of welcome to the Holy Father, and the ever popular “Reflections” page this month takes the form of quotations from Pope Francis on a range of issues, from his heart-felt apology for the sins of clerical sexual abuse to what he calls “spiritual Alzheimer’s” or the loss of memory’ of our encounter with God or dependence on whims and obsessions. One of the questions Pope Francis has addressed in Amoris Laetiae is the question of the possible readmission of people in second relationships to Holy Communion.
It is a question Fr Tim Buckley CSsR takes up in his article on “Coping with Marriage Breakdown in the Church.” Triona Doherty looks at the changing patterns of marriage in modern Ireland. According to the Central Statistics Office, 63% of couples still opt for a religious wedding, but that is in marked contrast to even 14 years ago when Catholic ceremonies accounted for 91.4 per cent of all weddings. Dr Jessie Rogers of Maynooth examines Paul’s instructions on marriage and family life which often pose a problem for those who meet it for the first time in choosing the readings for their wedding. As she shows, it is a complex text with deep roots in society but which also shares a profoundly Christian vision of family life.
A young Mayo emigrant to the USA was cured of tuberculosis while he was preparing for ordination. He went on to launch a powerful world-wide Rosary Crusade that took as its slogan, “The Family that Prays Together, Stays Together.” Fr Patrick Peyton has begun the journey to canonisation and his story is told by a member of his religious community, Fr Wilfred Raymond CSC. Dr Fainche Ryan asks whether the Church, is “The family of God or a Cold House for Many?” Our regular popular columnists are there too – Fr JJ O Riordain on the Irish Saints, Fr George Wadding in his prayer corner, Carmel Wynne on relationship issues and Fr Peter McVerry casting an eye on our social problems.