Europe’s forgotten founding fathers

An Irish saint championed the idea of Europe in the Dark Ages and inspired today’s European movement, writes Greg Daly   At a time when Europe’s future is uncertain and nationalist currents are on the rise, it’s worth reflecting on the ideas that first underpinned the European movement, according to Dr Alexander O’Hara. An honourary…

Battling myths of clerical abuse

With the abuse crisis continuing to rock the Church at its highest levels, some thoughtful material is starting to be produced online grappling with the issues of abuse and concealment. Commonwealmagazine.org has published one of the most insightful and impassioned pieces in James Heaney’s article ‘Our myth, their lie’. “Ten years ago, I believed a…

Catching people before they fall

Pope Francis’ visit to the Capuchin Day Centre on Dublin’s Church Street this summer was a special moment for Threshold, the homelessness prevention charity, according to Threshold CEO John-Mark McCafferty. “The papal visit – the fact that the Pope went to Brother Kevin’s place, a Capuchin just round the corner from here is absolutely key…

Helping globally working locally

One of the most remarkable things about Trócaire, according to Seán Farrell, director of the charity’s international division, is its reach. Best known to Irish people as the Irish bishops’ relief and development agency, the organisation is part of the Church’s global relief and development agency Caritas Internationalis, second in scale only to the Red…

Bringing hospices home

Death comes to us all, and in recent years there’s been an ongoing debate about how we can die with dignity. For the Irish Hospice Foundation, a key part of the answer is bringing hospice-style care to wider society. “In 1986 we were formed by an inspirational lady, Dr Mary Redmond, the late Dr Mary…

A victim of its own success

If liberalism is in trouble nowadays, it’s not because it’s failed but because it’s succeeded. That, at any rate is the theory of US academic Patrick Deneen, whose latest book, Why Liberalism Failed, has been making ripples since it was published early this year and who spoke last week in Dublin’s Notre Dame-Newman Centre for…

Border parishes face anxious Brexit wait

As the deadline for a deal on Britain’s controversial exit from the European Union looms, border parishioners are anxious about the uncertainty, priests have warned. Clones-based Msgr Richard Mohan told The Irish Catholic this week that there was “concern” in the parish, which is on the border between Co. Monaghan and Co. Fermanagh. He said…