June 30, 2018

Ennis and Evangelical Christians: The 20thCentury

A general decline in the numbers of non-mainline Protestants in Ennis occurred in the first half of the 20th century. “The years surrounding Irish independence were not easy for small Christian congregations; some church...

May 27, 2018

VATICAN I: Origins

Three centuries separated the council of Trent (1563) and the twentieth ecumenical council of the Catholic Church known as Vatican I (1869). Vatican I was a response to a series of perceived threats to Roman Catholic influence and power in Europe. In...

April 28, 2018

The main centre for Christian worship in Ennis since the 13th century was the old Franciscan Friary. Between 1536 and 1543 Henry VIII suppressed monasteries across England and Ireland. Ennis Friary was formally supressed in 1543 but the friars remained in the town and...

April 1, 2018

The Enlightenment

In his essay “What Is Enlightenment?” (1784), Immanuel Kant (1724–1804) defined the concept as “man’s release from his self-incurred tutelage. Tutelage is man’s incapacity to make use of his understanding without direction from another. Self-incurred i...

March 5, 2018

The English Crown’s Response to Lutheranism

By 1521 Luther’s ideas had begun to influence the English universities. In reaction to growing support for Luther’s call for reform Henry VIII (1491–1547) wrote the Defence of the Seven Sacraments, wherein he repudiated Luther...

March 3, 2018

Catholic Diversity in the Medieval Era

It is important to remember that Roman Catholic theology had many various views and different schools of theology in the Medieval era. Differences of opinion existed on such questions as the Canon of Scripture, the nature of Justif...

March 3, 2018

Responses within Eastern Orthodoxy to the Reformation

Lutheran theologian Philip Melanchthon (d. 1560), had not just the Reformation of the Church but also its reunion much at heart. In hopes of starting ecumenical dialogue with the Eastern Orthodox Church he sent a cop...

March 3, 2018

The Justice of God

Philip Bocht Ó hÚigínn, an Irish Franciscan theologian and poet (d.1487), summed up the late Medieval consensus on the dread of God’s justice. His work Tuar feirge foighide Dé, translates as God’s Patience is an Omen of Wrath.

God’s patience is an ome...

March 2, 2018

The Church. Where can it be found?

The Great Papal Schism (1378–1417) caused many to question where the true church could be found. Papal corruption was too much for many Catholic clergy to put up with anymore. The Italian scholar and poet Petrarch worked in the Papal c...

March 2, 2018

The State of the Church circa 1415

One hundred years before the Reformation the western church was in dire need of reform. There were several major political and theological problems plaguing the Western Church.

The East-West Schism that began in 1054 continued despite f...

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