Designer babies: the ultimate in family planning

Advanced gene-editing would lead to life being seen as just one more product rather than a gift, writes David Quinn Some 20 years ago, Cardinal Desmond Connell, the late archbishop of Dublin, landed himself in very hot water when he gave an address to mark the 30th anniversary of the publication of the papal encyclical, Humanae…

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Should the nuns tell the National Maternity Hospital to go elsewhere?

The establishment never misses opportunity to demonise the nuns and to blacken their reputations, writes David Quinn   Dr Peter Boylan, one of the chief campaigners in favour of repealing the Eighth Amendment, has been on the warpath again over the relocation of the National Maternity Hospital from Holles Street to the Blackrock Campus of St…

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Exploring Kanye West’s new-found faith in Christ

For good or bad, what celebrities say and do matters, writes David Quinn It’s entirely possible you’re never heard of him, or are only vaguely aware of him but rest assured that Kanye West is a massive star. He is an American rapper, singer and song-writer. This year alone, he is on target to make…

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Addressing life’s anxieties through Christianity, not yoga

Truly Catholic schools have the resources to help students tackle worries, writes David Quinn   The Bishop of Waterford and Lismore, Phonsie Cullinan, has issued a letter to primary schools in his diocese cautioning them against using yoga and ‘mindfulness’, especially during religion class. He warns “yoga is not of Christian origin”, and that mindfulness…

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A tale of two movements

Coverage of eco and pro-life activism are a case study in media bias, writes David Quinn If you want to know what a favoured movement looks like, and you wish to contrast it with one that is disfavoured, look no further that the environmentalist and pro-life movements. The starkly differing ways in which they are…

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A Catholic guide to modern politics

How can a global religion help us navigate a global world, asks David Quinn   It’s fair to say we live in a time of big political turmoil. We don’t want to exaggerate, mind you. It is not anything like as turbulent as the years from World War I until the end of World War…

Funding the death of the ‘black babies’

Ireland now backs abortion in the developing world, writes David Quinn   Most readers of this paper will remember a time when we used to have collections for the ‘black babies’. As insensitive as that term is by today’s standards, the intention behind the collection was good. We wanted to help African children in war-torn…

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Needed: an environmentalist Temperance movement

A ‘Green Pledge’ could be an important step forward, writes David Quinn   What should the Church itself do about climate change? Some parishes now have climate change committees and various religious orders have long had a strong commitment to preserving the environment. Pope Francis has made it a central theme of his pontificate. The…