Faith formation should not be left to schools alone

Dear Editor, In his article following on from his trip to Los Angeles (IC 25/02/2016), I think that Michael Kelly is missing a critical point when he writes of the “vibrant” liturgies that he experienced in his visit. A key contributor to this environment of vibrancy and life is the strong connection of the families…

ERBE programme views religion through merely secular mindset

Dear Editor, This new Education about Religions and Beliefs and Ethics (ERBE) programme being introduced into primary schools, will expect little children to explain and defend their faith, something well educated adults have difficulty with in our present secular surroundings.  It is however much worse than that. All religious beliefs will be viewed through secular/atheist…

Need for more economic funeral arrangement

Dear Editor, Thanks to Cathal Barry for his article ‘The Death of the Removal’ (IC 25/02/2016) and the valuable survey he made of practice in Irish dioceses. The one additional aspect I would have liked to have seen addressed is that of cost. Meanwhile, a survey of English and Welsh parishes would come up with quite…

Is abortion the only ‘rights’ issue Amnesty cares about?

Is abortion the only ‘rights’ issue Amnesty cares about? Dear Editor, Amnesty International was pushing an abortion agenda again last week with the release of their Red C poll findings. I don’t understand why a once-admirable human rights organisation is campaigning against the right to life of the most vulnerable human beings, babies in the womb.…

It is in the giving that we receive

Orlaith Barrett describes her experience of being part of a St Vincent de Paul youth conference Orlaith Barrett As Transition Year (TY) students we decided to set up the Nano Foundation (St Vincent De Paul Youth Conference) because the St Vincent De Paul Society (SVP), which was founded in Ireland in 1844, is the largest…

The precious wisdom of Michael Paul Gallagher

Into Extra Time: Living through the final stages of cancer and jottings along the way by Michael Paul Gallagher SJ (Darton, Longman & Todd/Messenger Publications, £9.99/€12.99) Anthony Redmond When the well-known Jesuit writer, lecturer and theologian, Fr Michael Paul Gallagher, was told in January of last year that he had cancer he began to write this book…

A world turned upside down during years of turbulence

Years of Turbulence: the Irish Revolution and its Aftermath ed. by Diarmaid Ferriter and Susannah Riordan (UCD Press, €40.00) Joe Carroll As the centenary of the Easter Rising approaches, historians have been busy tapping newly revealed sources and archives for new angles on this landmark event and its aftermath up to the end of the Civil War…

World of Books

The recent deaths of Umberto Eco and Harper Lee throw into contrast the modern literatures of Europe and the United States in an interesting way. Umberto Eco (84) made his name overnight as a novelist with the publications in 1980 of The Name of the Rose, a sort of medieval Sherlock Holmes tale, which carried…

One of Europe’s largest mosaics unveiled at Knock

Archbishop of Tuam, Dr Michael Neary officially unveiled a huge new mosaic, composed of more than 1.5 million individual pieces, during Mass in Our Lady’s Basilica at Knock Shrine on Sunday, when 15 local people – some of them descendants of those who witnessed the Apparition in 1879 – performed a short candlelit procession. The…