Fr. Raymond G. Helmick, S.J.

Esteemed Theologian, Educator and Peacemaker . . .

Helmick, Raymond G., S.J. "Israel and the Palestinians." The Month: A Review of Christian Thought and World Affairs (1979): 224-228.

Helmick, Raymond G., S.J. "Opaque and Clumsy." The Tablet (2010): 10-11.

Helmick, Raymond G., S.J. "Hard Men as Peacemakers in Northern Ireland" Human Development Volume 29: Number Three (Fall 2008): 19-23.

Author's Note:  The article concentrated on the efforts of British government to persuade Catholic bishops and theologians in Britain and Ireland to denounce the hunger strikes as suicide.  After a long discussion of the article, sponsored by Editor Tom Burns of The Tablet, with a large group of British MPS and Lords, and press figures, its result was to remove this argument from the table for the rest of the hunger strike.  It was largely responsible for the invitation to mediate between the British Northern Ireland Office and the IRA Army Council for many weeks of the hunger strike.

“How Can a Catholic Respond, in Faith, to the Faith of Muslims?” February 1999, published in Serbo-Croat translation, Kako katolik moze iz vreje odgovoriti na vjeru muslimana?, in Bosna Franciscana (Franciscan theological quarterly), Sarajevo, November 1999, translated by Fra Ivo Markovic.  This article, built on reflections made in Lebanon during visits in 1982-3, was written only in 1999 at the request of Fra Ivo Markovic.  Published only in his Serbo-Croat translation, it has had a wide circulation since through courses and correspondence in English.

“Task for the Next Church Council”, on the sexual abuse crisis in the Catholic Church, Human Development, Summer 2003.  The article was reprinted in the Boston College Bulletin, Church in the 21st Century, and appeared subsequently on many websites.

Bulletin of the Order of the Holy Sepulchre, “Where do Efforts for Peace in the Middle East Now Stand?” November 7, 2009.

Bulletin of the Order of the Holy Sepulchre, “Our Order and the Conflict,” September 9, 2010.

Bulletin of the Order of the Holy Sepulchre, January 5, 2012.

Bulletin of the Order of the Holy Sepulchre, “Israel/Palestine: The Kerry Offer of Negotiations,” February 20, 2014.

Bulletin of the Order of the Holy Sepulchre, “Where do We Stand Now on the Middle East?” May 11, 2015.


​Science and Theology News, online edition, “Religion and Genocide,” May 15, 2006.

Science and Theology News, online edition, “Religion as Weapon: When religions become exclusive clubs, dire consequences follow,” August 14, 2006.

Author's Note:   This article, published with encouragement by the Vatican Secretariat of State, and taken up at once by British and Irish press, had wide influence on the understanding of the conflict by Protestants and Catholics in Northern Ireland.​


Helmick, Raymond G., S.J. "The meaning of Lebanon" The Month: A Review of Christian Thought and World Affairs (1983): 257-263.

 “Report of a Visit to Lebanon,” March 1983, originally a privately circulated paper, subsequently printed in English (London, The Month, in two parts, July and August, 1983), in French (I haven’t the details at hand), in Flemish and in Arabic (London, Al Hayat, July, 1983).  During a visit in May 2005, Hussein el-Husseini described this paper, along with correspondence with many Lebanese leaders, as having contributed substantially to the forming of the Taif Agreement.​

Helmick, Raymond G., S.J. "The meaning of Lebanon - II" The Month: A Review of Christian Thought and World Affairs (1983): 304-309.

Helmick S.J., Raymond G. "The Ethical Impossibility of War Today"  The Ethical Record 79.6 (1974): 4-8.

Helmick, Raymond C., S.J. "N. Ireland in moral focus"  The Tablet (1981): 516-518.

The Holy Cross Quarterly: The Irish Issue,  6.1-4 (1973):

Helmick, Raymond G., S.J. "Church Structure and Violence in Northern Ireland." The Month: A Review of Christian Thought and World Affairs (1977): 273-276.


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