St Canice’s church will play host to two more speakers as part of their voices of hope series over the next two weeks. This weeks speaker will be Fr Gerry O’Hanlon while the final speaker Bishop Brendan Comiskey will address the congregation on November 23.
Fr Gerry O’Hanlon SJ. Fr O’Hanlon will address the Canice’s congregation on November 16 at 7.30pm. Fr O’Hanlon is a staff member of the Jesuit Centre for Faith and Justice and Associate Professor of Systematic Theology at the Milltown Institute. His most recent books are Theology in the Irish Public Square and The Recession and God: Reading the Signs of the Times. In the wake of the succession of scandals and institutional failures of the Catholic Church in Ireland, Fr O’Hanlon held a series of discussion with lay people on the question: what is our vision for the church? Recently he published the outcome of those discussions in a new book entitled “A New Vision for The Catholic Church: A View from Ireland” Drawing on the inclusive vision and wisdom of the Second Vatican Council, Fr O’Hanlon presents what he calls The Way Forward
The controversial Bishop Brendan Comiskey will be the final speaker in the series. Bishop Comiskey will be speaking on the theme of reconciliation and healing. Bishop Comiskey came to national prominence in the wake of the Government’s report into child sex abuse in the diocese ferns in 2002. In the aftermath of the report Bishop Comiskey resigned over his handling of allegations that he did not properly investigate accusations of abuse made against Fr Sean Fortune. Bishop Comiskey will be the final speaker in the series.