Supporters ‘buoyed up’ by PLC conference

The Oireachtas committee on repealing Ireland’s constitutional protections for unborn children had focused minds ahead of this year’s Pro Life Campaign annual conference, according to a PLC spokesperson who said those at the attendance had left feeling “very buoyed up”. “I think the fact that there was such a great attendance at this time of…

Review funding system, Catholic primary schools urge

The body representing Catholic primary schools throughout Ireland has called on the Government to review how schools are funded, following the delayed payment this weeks of grants that were due last month. “The late payment of the Minor Works Grant has caused a great deal of unease in schools,” Catholic Primary Schools Management Association head…

Over 30,000 join in coastal Rosary for pro-life miracle

Prayers offered for the protection of life   About 30,000 people gathered at almost 300 locations for last weekend’s ‘Rosary on the Coast’ initiative, organisers believe. Based on figures from groups around the country, it looks like the event was a huge success, according to pro-life campaigner and former MEP Kathy Sinnott. “Between a quarter…

Church urged to take the lead on refugees

Government failures to settle refugees are not surprising, but a new scheme gives the Church the opportunity to step up and help, a leading priest has said. “It’s not surprising the system they’ve had in place is failing because it lacked a vision underpinning it about what integration is,” Fr Alan Hilliard told The Irish…

Steering carefully between errors of extremes

The squabbles about Amoris Laetitia continue to rumble on, with Dan Hitchens, deputy editor of England’s The Catholic Herald observing from his Twitter account @ddhitchens that “Rocco Buttiglione, one of the leading critics of traditional teaching on the sacraments, has collected his articles into a book”, and directing followers to his firstthings.com “critique” from August…