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if you’re desperate for reform, or if you’ve already walked away,
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DR JOHN O’LOUGHLIN KENNEDY
14.00 Tuesday 9 March 2021
DR JOHN O’LOUGHLIN KENNEDY is a retired economist and serial social entrepreneur. He is not an ex-priest or seminarian. He has studied the management structure and the policies and priorities of the Roman Catholic Church. He recently published a book in which he proposes some remedies for the problems that the Church as currently managed is chronically unable to cope with. The Curia is the Pope (2021), published by Mount Salus Press, uncovers some history, theology, and sociology, and justifies the impatience of the faithful with the self-serving bureaucracy that manages the pope and controls access to him. The curia outlasts him and rules the bishops, and is thus the de facto, and unsuitable, government of the church.
16.00 Sunday 28 March 2021
RUBY ALMEIDA is a Catholic Indian woman and LGBTQ+ member. Former Media lecturer and Chair of Quest UK, a pastoral support for LGBTQ+ Catholics. Current Co-Chair of Global Network of Rainbow Catholics and Founder member of Rainbow Catholics India. Always striving to create strength and unity for the marginalised amongst the marginalised.
14.00 Tuesday 13 April 2021
THOMAS O'LOUGHLIN is Professor Emeritus of Historical Theology in The University of Nottingham, and the Director of Studia Traditionis Theologiae.
SR KATRINA ALTON
14.00 Tuesday 11 May 2021
Prophetic Risk: A Journey Into Nonviolence
SR KATRINA ALTON belongs to the Congregation of the Sisters of St Joseph of Peace (CSJP). Originally from Northern Ireland, Katrina became a Catholic in 2001, and entered the CSJPs in 2012. As a peace activist her focus is on nuclear disarmament, the arms trade, and exploring the links between militarism and the climate emergency. Based in Nottingham, Katrina is about to open a 'House of Hospitality' to support women made destitute by the UK asylum system.
14.00 Tuesday 8 June 2021
DIARMUID O'MURCHU, a member of the Sacred Heart Missionary Order, and a graduate of Trinity College, Dublin Ireland, is a social psychologist most of whose working life has been in social ministry, predominantly in London, UK. In that capacity he has worked as a couple's counsellor, in bereavement work, AIDS-HIV counselling, and, in more recent times, with homeless people and refugees. He is also an author. His latest book is Doing Theology in an Evolutionary Way.
14.00 Tuesday 13 July 2021
GEMMA SIMMONDS is a sister of the Congregation of Jesus, founded by Mary Ward (1585-1609). She is a senior research fellow at the Margaret Beaufort Institute of Theology in Cambridge where she teaches pastoral theology, ecclesiology and Christian spirituality and is director of the Religious Life Institute. She is also chair of trustees of the ecumenical Community of St. Anselm based at Lambeth Palace, London.