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Le Chéile Annual Lecture

 

Baroness Nuala O’Loan  with the Students’ Union Vice-President, Eamonn Walls and College Principal, Professor Peter Finn

Baroness Nuala O’Loan pictured with the Students’ Union Vice-President, Eamonn Walls and College Principal, Professor Peter Finn, at the Le Chéile Annual Lecture


The Annual Le Chéile lecture was held in the College Hall recently. St Mary’s were honoured to have Baroness Nuala O’Loan deliver a lecture entitled ‘Governance: The Challenge for Church and State’.

Nuala O’Loan’s speech began by outlining the meaning of good governance and discussing its importance to securing confidence and trust in society. She pointed in particular to governance problems in Northern Ireland in relation to transfer tests between primary and second level education. Her main comments concerned the need to secure better levels of governance within the Catholic Church in Ireland, especially in the wake of the on-going clergy child abuse crisis and its mismanagement by bishops and others in authority. She argued that a cornerstone of governance is good communication and that the Church urgently needs to strengthen its mechanisms for discussion and consultation between bishop and priests, between parish clergy and parishioners and between the bishop and the people of his diocese. She ended by noting that the laity must play a full and proper role in the life of the Church and that this would allow us to develop that ‘spirituality of communion’ which Pope John Paul II had called the whole Church at the end of the Jubilee Year 2000.