The God Slot

The God Slot

Friday, 10 - 10.30pm


Friday 25th April

Preview of Papal Canonisations.

Saints, sinners, the Catholic Church and two Popes to be canonised; The God Slot previews all of this.

Friday 18th April

Giving the Devil his Due.

So who eaxactly is Satan? All will be revealed in this Good Friday God Slot special.

Friday 11th April

Michael Arditti; Noah; Mark's Gospel onstage.

Novelist Michael Arditti on religious themes in popular fiction; Barry McMillan reviews Noah; Stage adaptation of St. Mark's Gospel.

Friday 4th April

Poet John F Deane; Bethany Homes.

Poet John F Deane on the question asked by Jesus: 'Who do you say that I am?'. Report on Bethany Homes memorial service.

Friday 28th March

Book on Priesthood reviewed by Sean Goan; Rastafarians; Women in Christianity.

The book ‘Priesthood Today; Ministry in a Changing Church’, edited by Eamonn Conway, reviewed by theological scholar Sean Goan. Who or what are Rastafarians? Mairead Meade reports from Cork. Women in the Christian Churches; is their position improving? Theologian Mary T Malone, speaker at a one day conference in An Tairseach in Wicklow on April 3, gives her very strong views to Eileen.

Friday 21st March

Jlian of Norwich novel; New movie Nicaea; Diaspora funerals.

Margaret Coles on new novel The Greening; Charles Parlato on new movie Nicaea; Funerals for the Diaspora.

Friday 14th March

Lent; St. Patrick's NY Parade.

Vale Christine Buckley; What does Lent mean? St. Patrick's NY Parade.

Friday 7th March

Kristiane Backer

In the early 1990s, Kristiane Backer became one of the very first presenters on MTV Europe. Now, she talks to the God Slot about her new book 'From MTV to Mecca'.

Friday 28th February

Bishop Geoff Robinson

Retired and outspoken Bishop of Sydney Geoff Robinson on sex and power in the Catholic Church.

Friday 21st February

Jailed Nun; New Lourdes Doctor; Dr. Who.

Sr. Megan Rice jailed in US; Dr. Micheal Moran on Lourdes; Ben Conroy on Dr. Who.

Friday 14th February

Pope Francis; Marie Collins; Song of Songs.

Paul Vallely on Pope Francis; Marie Collins on UN report; Valentine's treat.

Friday 7th February

New Presbyterian Moderator; Recivery Int; Croí Nua.

The new Moderaotor Elect of Presbyterian Chruch in Ireland Rev. Michael Barry; Recovery Ireland Int; Croí Nua.

Friday 31st January

Religion in schools; Jesus Agenda; Holocaust Memorial.

Religious education in schools; Pastor Joel Edwards and the Jesus Agenda; Holcaust Memorial.

Friday 24th January

St. Brigid; Relics; Buchenwald.

Festival of St. Brigid of Faughart; Relics; National Holocaust Memorial Day - Buchenwald.

Friday 17th January

'Conversion therapy'; Spiritual enlightenment; Pastoral councils.

'Conversion therapy' for same sex attraction? Kosi on spiritual enlightenment; Pastoral councils.

Friday 10th January

Sr. Helen Prejean.

Sr. Helen Prejean, played by Susan Sarandon in the movie 'Dead Man Walking', talks to Gerry McArdle.

Friday 3rd January

The God Slot - The Divine Comedy. 3rd Jan 2014

There are many things people associate with religion, but comedy is rarely one of them. In a world of increasing political correctness, can religion be fair game for a comedian and what place, if any, does comedy play in spirituality?

Wednesday 25th December

The God Slot 25th December 2013

Eileen Dunne is joined by boy choristers from The Palestrina Choir, regular contributor Ben Conroy, Anne Thurston and others at the Moving Crib on Parnell Square in Dublin.

Friday 20th December

Report from NY; Joe Duffy on Gay Byrne

Irish charities in NY; Joe Duffy reviews The Meaning of Life.

Friday 13th December

Child Abuse: Vatican Commission + Irish Audit.

Marie Collins and Fr. Tony Flannery on child abuse developments.

Friday 6th December

Pope's Exhortation; Medjurgorje.

Bishop Brendan Leahy and Brendan Butler of We Are Church discuss Pope Francis' Exhortation; Louise Hall reports on Medjurgorje.

Friday 29th November

Tavener, Hugenots, CTS Pamphlets.

John Tavener remembered. Who were the Hugenots? CTS Pamphlets.

Friday 22nd November

CS Lewis Special.

Stepson of Lewis, Doug Gresham, Rev. Baden Stanley and Nora Fay on the 50th Anniversary of Lewis' death.

Friday 15th November

Philippines Typhoon, God v Science, Bible stories via Chic lit

Christian Aid for Philippines Typhoon Haiyan, John Booth Davies new book ‘God v Particle Physics’ and Bible stories retold via Chic lit? Louise Hall joins Eileen to interview Rev. Karen Jones about her ‘Babes’ Bible Trilogy.’

Friday 8th November

Ireland's First Woman Bishop.

Ireland's first woman Bishop Elect Rev. Pat Storey and Judge Catherine McGuinness om polyester protestants etc.

Friday 1st November

Halloween Edition

ACP v Murphy Commission; Ghost convention; Horror Movies.

Friday 25th October

Missions, Theatre, St. Anthony.

Sr. Isabelle Smyth debunks myths about ‘the missions’. From this year’s Dublin Theatre Festival: Desire Under The Elms by Eugene O’Neill and The Hanging Gardens by Sam McGuinness, at the Abbey Theatre until November 9. St. Anthony’s relics in Ireland.

Friday 18th October

The God Slot Debate.

The God Slot Debate, recorded at Rathmines College is chaired by Eileen Dunne. The Motion: This house believes that, as there is a right to life, there is an equal right to a self determined death with dignity. For the motion: Student Claire Whelan and co-ordinator of Exit International, Tom Curran. Against the motion: Student David Hollywood and journalist, author and public speaker, Mary Kenny.

Friday 11th October

Pope Francis, Media Bias, Sean Freyne RIP.

Author Paul Vallely on Pope Francis; Brendan O'Regan of the Irish Catholic and Patsy McGarry of the Irish Times debate alleged media bias; We remember the late Sean Freyne.

Friday 4th October

Big Music Week Special.

We enter into the spirit of RTE Radio 1’s Big Music Week with a programme to raise the spirits and gladden the heart. Eileen Dunne meets experts in liturgical music used in the Roman Catholic, Anglican and Jewish faiths, who will discuss the origins and significance of music and song in their various traditions. We’ll also have a fair helping of a musical form which is gaining in popularity in all the churches, Gospel Music. Wiith Blanaid Murphy, Jacqueline Mullen, Dr. Melanie Brown and Florence Mutesasira.

Friday 31st May

The All Bishops programme

For the final edition of this season, RC Bishop Donal McKeown, Bishop Emeritus Willie Walsh, C of I Bishop Patrick Rooke and the first Anglican woman Bishop of Swaziland, Ellinah Wamukoya, answer our questions and questions from listeners. This is an extended edition of the programme.

Friday 24th May

Christian Science; Quakers; Festival of Faith Ferns.

Lesley Gort on Christian Science. Glynn Douglas on Quakers and mental health care in Ireland. Fr. Billy Swann on Festival of Faith in Ferns.

Friday 17th May

Post abortion care; Global Charter for Human Conscience; Eckankar

The Sisters of Life on caring for people affected by abortion. The Global Charter for Human Conscience. Eckankar.

Friday 10th May

RTE anti-Catholic? Irish Catholic criticises Dublin Archbishop and the Dalai Lama in Derry.

Does RTE pursue an anti-Catholic agenda? Rhona Tarrant talks to some protesters. Why did Michael Kelly, the editor of The Irish Catholic, write an article criticising the Archbishop of Dublin? Rhona Tarrant reports on the Dalai Lama in Derry.

Friday 3rd May

Ian Paisley Jr.

DUP member and MP for North Antrim, Ian Paisley Jr., son of the Rev. Ian Paisley, talks about his life and religious beliefs, including what it was like being the child of such a famous father.

Friday 26th April

Siobhan Mhic Craith, Liam Clancy’s daughter.

Siobhan Mhic Craith, daughter of Liam Clancy, talks about her father’s loss of belief in all religion, his battles with his many demons, mainly alcoholism, her own deep faith, and how it helped during her father’s last hours.

Friday 19th April

Young people discuss faith.

Four young Irish adults, Ben Conroy, a staunch Roman Catholic; Jewish Daniel O’Carroll from Cork, Vedanti Shaw a Hari Krishna and Aodhan Gregory, a media student and an agnostic in religious matters discuss their beliefs.

Friday 29th March

If Jesus walked the earth today….?

Would Jesus do professionally, politically and religiously if he walked the earth today? Jewish author Yanky Fachler, Rev. Darren McCallig, Mary Kenny and Prof. Sean Freyne discuss. An extended edition of the programme is available for podcast.

Friday 22nd March

Mea Maxima Culpa.

Andrew Madden reacts to the film documentary 'Mea Maxima Culpa; Silence in the House of God'.

Can business and Christianity mix?

Rhona Tarrant reports on last year's Rubicon Conference in Dublin.

St. Malachy's Prophecies.

Anthone Munnelly discusses if St. Malachy got things right, and will Pope Francis be the last pope.

Friday 15th March

Welcome Pope Francis

Jim Corkery SJ, Fr. Tom McCarthey OP, Anne Thurston, Abbot Mark Patrick Hederman with Fr. Timothy Radcliffe OP discuss our new Pope Francis.

Friday 8th March

Magdalene Laundries: The Nuns' Story.

Two religious sisters give their side of the Magdalene story to Claire McCormack + analysis from the Irish Catholic's Michael Kelly.

Friday 1st March

Complete God Slot programme podcast.

Children on papal resignation; Cardinal Keith O'Brien; Des Fisher on Vatican 2.

Des Fisher on Vatican 2

On Thursday, 14 February, Pope Emeritus Benedict spoke of the difference between what actually happened at Vatican 2 and how the media presented it. Former Head of News at RTE Des Fisher in a rare and exclusive interview begs to differ.

Cardinal O’Brien’s resignation.

Chris Lambert, our regular contact at The Tablet, talks about the ramifications of the resignation of Scotland’s Cardinal Keith O’Brien.

Out of the mouths of babes...

A group of children, age 6 to 12, from Kilconly Primary School in Ballybunion, Co. Kerry discuss the papal abdication and its aftermath.

Friday 22nd February

Barry McMillan's pre Oscar look at Les Miserables and Lincoln.

Sunday night is Oscars night, and regular film correspondent and lecturer on theology and ethics at Galway/Mayo IT Barry McMillan casts his offbeat eye on two of the contenders, both of which deal, in their own way, with oppression and redemption, subjects of great interest to The God Slot; Les Miserables and Lincoln.

Sonas Spirituality

In this era of recession, material poverty is all too familiar, and many agencies and religious organisations respond to this state of affairs, but what about spiritual poverty? Sr. Mary Threadgold tells us about the work of Sonas Spirituality.

Pope's parish in Liscanor

Here’s something that is not known by too many people; whoever occupies the chair of Peter is nominally the Bishop of Kilfenora and parish Priest of Liscannor, and the same will apply to his successor. Holding the fort for the Pope is Fr. Denis Crosbie, who reveals all to The God Slot.

Friday 15th February

Pope Benedict XVI resigns.

Last Friday, when we announced the beginning of Lent on Ash Wednesday, who could have anticipated that Pope Benedict XVI would be performing one of his last public duties on that very day, having taken the secular and religious world by storm by announcing his resignation on Monday? By now, his life and career have been parsed and analysed by all and sundry, but on The God Slot we will spend this week’s programme hearing about various aspects of his Papacy from some voices that you may not have heard yet, either on radio or television. Dr. Jim Corkery SJ, who is recognised as one of the foremost interpreters of Benedict’s thought in the English speaking world; he’s the author of ‘Joseph Ratzinger’s Theological Ideas’; Dr. Andrew Pierce from the Irish School of Ecumenics at Trinity College, Dublin, and Irish Catholic journalist, Sarah Carey form our studio panel. Throughout the programme, we’ll have comments from historian and author Prof. Eamonn Duffy, Benedictine nun and lecturer on women’s affairs Sr. Joan Chittister and former Chief Rabbi of Ireland and Papal Knight Dr. David Rosen from Israel. This podcast is an extended edition of tonight's programme.

Friday 8th February

That four letter word, 'holy'.

With Lent approaching, we ask various people to define the word 'holy'. Buddhist Vajrashoora, Journalist Sarah Carey, Hare Krishna Manudas, Benedictine Brother Anthony, Broadcaster and Journalist Pat Coyle, Singer Nóirín Ní Riain, Psychologist John Francis Leader, and Abbot of Glenstal Mark Patrick Hederman.

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