Category: Letters

God’s power is at its best in weakness

Dear Editor, Like many people, I am heartbroken by the news that the wonderful Dolores O’Riordan has died. She was a wonderful artist, but above all a daughter, a mother and a sister. She loved Limerick, and Limerick loved her. We live in a culture where strength is prized above all else. A world dominated…

Renewed Rosary devotion is welcome

Dear Editor, The news that Fr Patrick Peyton, the famous ‘Rosary Priest’, is now firmly on the path to sainthood is one that will have gladdened many hearts, but perhaps a greater blessing is the prospect of this renewing Rosary devotion in Ireland. Fr Peyton was, of course, a product of a different time, a…

Church can’t indulge media prejudices

Dear Editor, Thank you for the excellent article by Fr Andrew McMahon on the Church and the media (IC 14/12/17). As Fr McMahon states, the media is generally hostile, sometimes very hostile, to the Church. In particular, the incessant pro-abortion propaganda in much of the media, most notably the Irish Times, which stands in contrast…

People must speak up for Gospel values

Dear Editor, I must congratulate you on your editorial comment ‘The paralysing effects of negativity in the Church’ (IC 7/12/17). While if one counts numbers on pews with comparisons to the past, and if one reflects on recent scandals within our Church, one could be forgiven for being pessimistic. However if you get involved at…

Why the nostalgia for the old Missal?

Dear Editor, There seems to be a kerfuffle as to whether or not to revise the translation of the Mass in English. When I learnt Latin, I was told that Latin was a dead language because it never changes. Vernacular tongues are living and change, so when we use living languages in liturgy, we accept that they…

ACP need a good dose of reality

Dear Editor, it was good to see that the former Abbot of Glenstal Abbey Fr Mark Patrick Hederman OSB giving the Association of Catholic Priests (ACP) a bit of a reality check at their recent meeting (IC 16/11/17). I was surprised, however, that the leadership of the ACP appeared to flatly reject Fr Hederman’s criticism…

Synod of Bishops never more timely

Dear Editor, Your lead story ‘Boost as research reveals Irish are “astonishingly religious”’ (IC 9/11/2017) was a real shot in the arm, especially given the constant moaning and gloating we hear about our Church being in decline. Sure, the picture’s not great – in many ways the European Social Survey figures seem to tell us…

Fake news and getting the right proportions

Dear Editor, At a time when other news outlets – including, sadly, other Catholic ones  – fill their online and paper pages with ‘fake news’ about the Vatican, it’s reassuring to see The Irish Catholic holding the line for responsible journalism. Only this week the Vatican had to quash rumours irresponsibly reported across certain elements…