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Bishop Donal Murray lectured in Moral Theology in Mater Dei Institute and in Holy Cross College from 1969 to 1982. He was Auxiliary Bishop of Dublin from 1982 to 1996 and then Bishop of Limerick until 2009. He is now retired. 

Picking Up The Shards

In Picking up the Shards, Donal Murray reflects on what complete secularisation means for a society detached from Gospel values, explaining how the message of Jesus and the mission of the Church have rebuilt and renewed what seemed lost and can do so again.

Let Love Speak

In the opening words of his first encyclical, Deus Caritas est, Pope Benedict XVI focuses on ‘the heart of the Christian faith’, drawing inspiration from St John’s words, ‘God is love, and he who abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him’.

In A Landscape Redrawn

The core tenets of Christianity point towards the deep truth about ourselves, the truth that sets us free. In In a Landscape Redrawn, Bishop Donal Murray examines the place of faith in a world that increasingly views religious belief as antiquated and ‘doomed to extinction’.

Keeping Open The Door Of Faith

As the year 2000 approached, Blessed John Paul II, who had himself participated in the Second Vatican Council, referred to it as ‘this great gift of the Spirit to the Church at the end of the second millennium’. Looking towards the coming millennium he asked to what extent the fruits of the Council could be seen in the Church.

Morality, Conscience And Health Care

An exploration of the difficult moral and ethical situations that can face those who work in health care. This booklet seeks to shed light on the approach that can lead to decisions worthy of the human dignity of all who are affected, and particularly of the patients who have placed their trust and their lives in the hands of those who care for them.

On The Road To Emmaus

First published in 1990, Bishop Donal Murray has now updated his contemplative booklet on the Eucharist in anticipation of the 2012 International Eucharistic Congress, which will take place in Dublin. Drawing inspiration from the visit in 1979 of Pope John Paul II to Ireland, and using the gospel account of the disciples on the road to Emmaus as focus, Bishop Murray offers a short, reflective discussion on the Eucharist and what it should mean to us.

Saint John Paul II

In Christ you will discover the true greatness of your awn humanity; he will make you understand your own dignity as human beings 'created to the image and likeness of God'.

- Pope John Paul 11, 30 September 1979, Galway

Saint John XXIII

All peoples are invited equally to sit down at the same banquet of heavenly doctrine and to share in the life of grace that saves, sanctifies and rejoices the heart.

- Pope John XXIII

What Is A Person?

What Is A Person? bridges the gap in understanding between those who see the very beginnings of human life as worthy of the same respect and protection as human life at any other stage of its existence, and those who cannot understand how people can get so worked up about what they see as a microscopic collection of cells.

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