Denying our heritage is denying who we are

Nothing has had a more formative influence upon Ireland and Europe than Christianity, writes David Quinn State-run secondary schools are set to end a policy of Christian-only symbols on their walls, put the celebrations of other religions on a par with Christian celebrations such as Christmas, and end compulsory attendance at school Masses. The news…

The deep Christian roots of fraternity

The Pope is asking the world to tap into the wellspring of the Faith, writes David Quinn Francis’ latest encyclical is a call to universal brotherhood and sisterhood, or fraternity. Its title is Fratelli Tutti – brothers all, a phrase associated with St Francis of Assisi, after whom the Pope named himself. The idea of…

We have become prejudiced against celibacy

There appears to be no evidence that priests are more likely to abuse children than other clergy from other religious traditions which permit marriage, writes David Quinn The Vatican has just made a comprehensive response to an abuse commission in Australia. A bit of background is useful. In 2017, a Commission of Inquiry produced a…

Applying both mercy and standards to ‘Golfgate’

While we think we have become a less judgemental society, we have simply found new things to be judgemental about, writes David Quinn The revelation that 81 people, including some sitting politicians and other very senior members of the Irish establishment attended a golfing dinner in Clifden recently has caused understandable outrage among many members of…