|CANON LIAM STEVENSON|
CANON LIAM STEVENSON - THE PARISH PRIEST OF LURGAN - HAS BEEN APPOINTED AS ADMINISTRATOR OF DROMORE DIOCESE IN THE WAKE OF THE FATHER FINNEGAN SCANDAL AND THE RESIGNATION OF BISHOP JOHN MC AREAVEY.
Was Canon Stevenson's appointment a wise and well-thought-out appointment?
I'm not so sure.
Canon Stevenson taught in St Colman's College alongside and under the principalship of Father Finnegan.
Canon Stevenson went to St Colman's College on his ordination in 1972 and stayed there until 2000. For the last period, he himself was principal of the college. That means he was 28 years a priest-teacher in the college.
No one is saying that Canon Stevenson has done anything wrong. Absolutely not.
But he lived in the same building as Finnegan from 1972 to 1987 - a period of 15 years.
He shared every meal with Finnegan in the college Priest's Dining Room.
Is it really wise to appoint a former colleague of Father Finnegan to be the administrator of Dromore Diocese when the bishop has just resigned for celebrating Finnegan's funeral and celebrating Mass with him in Hilltown Parish?
During all the years of the Finnegan abuse did Canon Stevenson and the other teachers never hear a whisper of what was going on?
Did not a single boy not tell someone?
Did any boy tell any other priest staff member in Confession of what was going on?
Maybe that is the case. But I find it hard to believe that there was not even one whisper during the 40 YEAR REIGN OF ABUSE.
And even just from the public perception view - was it wise to appoint a teaching colleague of Finnegans to be the diocesan administrator at this difficult time.
Why does the Catholic Church never learn?
INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY 8TH MARCH 2018
FROM: MY MIND BLOG
Happy International Women’s Day!
Today, we acknowledge and celebrate the achievements of women socially, environmentally, politically, culturally and economically.
Since 1911, women have spent this day telling their stories, reflecting on their journey in a bid to inspire other women but also to call for gender equality.
As George-Hilley (2015) stated “International Women’s Day is a positive force for celebration, but it must also be a platform for action and transformation to empower women across the world”.
IF THINGS HAVE CHANGED, WHY DO WE STILL CELEBRATE IT?
Well, the original aim of the day was to achieve full gender equality for women around the world. While things have changed, the aim still hasn’t been achieved. Global figures such as Malala Yousafzai and UN Women Goodwill Ambassador Emma Watson still show that women’s health, education, employment rate and payment are still less than that of men.
Now this is not to exclude men and all they have done in the attempt of unity across both genders.
As men, here are a few things you can do to carry on the work done to achieve women’s rights:
1. Ask the women and girls in your life about their experiences with inequality?
2. Ask how you can help drive change?
3. Get involved with events and charities that aim to increase equality for men and women
4. Acknowledge the daily struggles that women in your life face
5. Organise a discussion on the changing roles and expectations of women
It has been proven that having celebration such as the International Women’s Day provide a space for discussion between both men and women. It is an event that is open to anyone who wants to be a part of change.
WOMEN’S MENTAL HEALTH
In the race to achieve gender equality for all, women usually juggle many things and in silence in order not to appear weak. The role of the modern woman usually involves being a mother, spouse, carer, worker, friend as well managing the traditional role that society sets out for them.
These roles expose women to many risk factors for poor mental health. While some women might ask for help when juggling too many things, others might find it difficult to talk about their feeling and internalise them, which can lead to mental health problems. These are factors that we each have to be aware daily regardless of our gender or background.
Being #BoldForChange requires courage, stepping out of traditional definitions of masculinity or gender norms, which can come at a high personal risk to one’s reputation or even safety. Here at MyMind, we have mental health professionals who can help you along the way, so feel free to get in touch if you need someone to talk to.
Let’s make everyday International Women’s Day.
By Cynthia Ebere-Anaba