What happens when we die?

Questions of Faith   There’s an old saying, usually attributed to Benjamin Franklin, which points out that there are only two things certain in life: death and taxes. While Franklin’s economic predictions may not hold water in some distant society of the future, his first point about our mortality certainly rings true. We all die.…

Is there any mission 
to the Jewish people?

The Church’s Jewish dimension needs to be recovered, Prof. Gavin D’Costa tells Colm Fitzpatrick   In Andrew Marvell’s sardonic 17th Century poem, ‘To His Coy Mistress’, the poet submits that he would spend all of time trying to court a beautiful woman even if this entailed being forthrightly rejected. His steadfastness is described in theological…

Border priest condemns paramilitary threat

A priest based in a border county has condemned dissident republican activity in the area, after paramilitary arms were found by gardaí over the weekend. Around one thousand rounds of ammunition and a mortar tube were found in two hides, approximately 6km from Omeath, Co. Louth, on Saturday. The ammunition was concealed in lunch boxes…

Why does suffering occur?

Questions of Faith   The problem of suffering, sometimes academically referred to as ‘theodicy’, is a troublesome topic everybody wrestles with, both spiritually and intellectually. It’s been phrased in many different ways, but the most famous version of the question is attributed to the ancient Greek philosopher Epicurus: “Is God willing to prevent evil, but…

Schools going ‘extra mile’ to support homeless children

School principals and teachers are on the “frontline” in combating many of Ireland’s current social problems, a Catholic education spokesperson has said. According to Seamus Mulconry of the Catholic Primary Schools Management Association, every social issue that has affected the country, such as homelessness, “hits schools first” and teaching staff need more “resources and support”…