77% of IC voters oppose RIC ceremony

Readers of The Irish Catholic have given an emphatic thumbs down to plans by the Government to commemorate the role of the Royal Irish Constabulary (RIC) as part of the decade of centenaries. In a Facebook poll, 77% of readers who voted said they thought that such a commemoration is not appropriate. However, 23% of…

For official Ireland the faithful Christian is a stranger

The greatest threats to Christianity come not from the right but from the left, writes Dr Tom Finegan   A noticeable feature of recent public theological discourse is a readiness to criticise causes of the right. Take two high-profile pronouncements, those of Fr Michael Mullaney and of Anglican Archbishop Michael Jackson. Shortly before Christmas they criticised…

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Inviting people to step out of their own corner

Our politicians should exhibit more grace to one another and also receive grace from the rest of us, writes Fr Martin Magill   Grace is perhaps one of the greatest of God’s gifts. It is truly “amazing” as exemplified in John Newton’s famous hymn ‘Amazing Grace’, so loved in all Christian traditions and beyond. Grace is the…

Vatican overturns church closure

The Vatican has dramatically over-ruled a British bishop’s decision to close a parish church. Bishop Peter Brignall had originally told parishioners in Conwy, north Wales that he was forced to close the church due to a shortage of priests to minister in the Diocese of Wrexham. The last Mass was celebrated at St Michael and…

Translating the Francis vision Stateside

There’s fatigue heading into 2020 in the US, but also cause for a bit of optimism, writes Christopher White   One year ago, the US bishops gathered at Chicago’s Mundelein Seminary for a historic retreat initiated by Pope Francis in response to the latest round of the clergy abuse scandals. Some months earlier, the leadership…

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Bishop to lead historic Medjugorje trip

Bishop Fintan Monahan is to become one of the first Irish bishops to lead a group to Medjugorje. It comes after the Vatican changed rules which had banned bishops from leading groups before this point, though they were free to visit the Marian shrine in a private capacity. Bishop Monahan will serve as spiritual director…