Muted challenges to our modern corrosive world
Archbishop Martin would have nothing to lose by speaking up, writes David Quinn   In an address last week, Archbishop Diarmuid Martin criticised the “euphoria” that greeted the fall of communism in Europe some 30 years ago. He was quoting the recently deceased Belgian cardinal, Godfried Danneels. Archbishop Martin said Cardinal Danneels had been troubled…
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Fertility shock as we get our priorities wrong
Irish people must start having children in their 20s, writes David Quinn   Almost half of women aged 18 to 24 would consider freezing their eggs according to a new survey from the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists in the UK. They would do so in order to ‘preserve their fertility’ in the hope…
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Facing the reality of Evil

Good and evil are things we actively choose, writes David Quinn   Fr Pat Collins wants us to confront a very uncomfortable thought: evil is real. In the West, we often like to pretend that evil does not exist, or if it does, can be reduced to psychological categories. In his new book, Freedom from…

The rise of a godlike State
Barring Christian taxpayers’ taxes from being spent on Christian institutions attacks civil society, writes David Quinn   Will Catholic hospitals soon be prevented from putting religious symbols such as crosses on public display? That appeared to be the suggestion of a report commissioned by the Government. The Government asked Catherine Day, former secretary general of…
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How medicine became a modern quasi-religion
The Irish health budget comes to some €17 billion per annum. That is an astounding sum of money. We believe we have an underfunded health system, but actually, compared with the size of our population, we spend more on health than most industrialised countries. This is despite the fact that our population is younger on…
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Reducing marriage step by step
The Government is set to erode the status of marriage even more, writes David Quinn   Ireland is set to have another divorce referendum this year. It is to take place on May 24, the same day as the Local and European Elections. You might be surprised that we are to vote on divorce again.…
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Pope’s message doesn’t change Christ’s great commission
Our task is still to make disciples of all nations, write David Quinn   Last week, Pope Francis made one of the most important overseas trips of his pontificate so far when he visited the United Arab Emirates (UAE). Obviously any trip by a Pope to a Muslim nation is important for both historical reasons…
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Wanted: a modern hierarchy
The Church in Ireland badly needs a public affairs office, writes David Quinn   The Catholic Church in Ireland needs a full-time public affairs office. At the moment, the response of the Church to issues of the moment is far too hit-and-miss and there is an almost total lack of ‘joined up thinking’ and ‘joined…
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Going with the flow…again
Today’s young people follow the crowd as much as their predecessors did, writes David Quinn   We should beware of romanticising any particular generation of people. At the end of the day, people are simply people, a mixture of good and bad, no matter how old or young they are. Nonetheless, people are shaped by…
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The trouble with men…
The Church may need a serious theology of masculinity, writes David Quinn   Men have been receiving a very bad press lately, and not just specific men, but men in general. The words ‘toxic’ and ‘masculinity’ are commonly and routinely joined together in a way ‘toxic’ and ‘femininity’ rarely are. The current round of attacks…
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