The Catholic Debate
Date: Thursday, 21st February
Motion: That This House Believes That The Catholic Church Should Get With The Times
Venue: Kirwan Theatre, Arts Concourse
The last debate of the year is upon us.
This Thursday, Lit&Deb is host to the Catholic Debate. Women, compulsory priestly celibacy, homosexuality, condoms, women priests, the poor, a culture of secrecy and cover-up in an institution that claims to stand for the weak but is known for abusing the vulnerable. The motion before the house this week is That This House Believes The The Catholic Church Should Get With The Times.
Whether Pope Benedict resigned or not the Catholic Church is at a crossroads. Various factions within and without the hierarchy vie for control while hoping to stay true to a consoled vision of Church. Various groups of lay and religious push for reform and update. In the midst of all this is Joe Soaps, unsure how to respond or reconcile their developing social views with that of the Church they grew up in. And now we have Pope Francis I, a sign of hope to reformers. The Church is changing.
Some within and without the Church believe that it should stay as it is: strong and certain. Some desperately seek change: to proclaim a relevant Gospel message of hope and love or to cause less harm as the world's largest social entity with 1.2 billion followers.
It's in this context that NUI, Galway's debating Society is hosting a debate on the future of the Church with the best speakers Ireland has to offer.
In proposition of the motion are Professor Jim Corkery SJ (Jesuit Priest and theologian) and Patsy McGarry (Religious affairs correspondent for the Irish Times). Opposition are Fr. Brendan Leahy (Theologian and newly appointed bishop of Limerick) and John Waters (Columnist, Irish Times).`
As usual, Private Members' Time will precede main business, starting at 7pm. Members of the audience are invited to propose their own motion to be discussed by the floor in an informal chamber debate. At 8pm, main business will commence. Once the main speakers have made their initial speeches, the debate will open to the floor.
When the discussion is done and dusted, all are invited to join us in Murty Rabbit's Bar in Eyre Square for free finger food and refreshments. All welcome.
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