Diversity can give us truly Catholic schools – bishop

More variety in education should allow Ireland’s Church-owned schools to be truly Catholic, Killaloe’s Bishop Fintan Monahan has insisted. While demand for non-denominational schools is low outside Dublin, it is growing, Bishop Monahan said, explaining that “it is in everyone’s interest that this demand would be catered for with a greater number of non-denominational schools”.…

A matter of conscience

Muslim religious objections may pose an unforeseen difficulty for Government abortion plans, writes Greg Daly   “The one thing that doesn’t abide by majority rule is a person’s conscience,” Alabama lawyer Atticus Finch tells his daughter in Harper Lee’s 1960 novel To Kill a Mockingbird. It’s a powerful statement, and one worth bearing in mind…

Muslim doctors may upset Government abortion plans

Ireland’s reliance on Muslim doctors in hospitals around the country may derail Government plans to roll out a national abortion service, a leading obstetrician has said. Large numbers of non-consultant hospital doctors (NCHDs) working in maternity units outside Dublin are Muslims from abroad, according to Dr Trevor Hayes of Kilkenny’s St Luke’s Hospital, who says…

Filipinos take Holy Child to Dublin streets

Hundreds of Filipinos from all across Ireland gathered in Dublin last week for the annual Santo Niño procession, with over 400 attending Mass in St Joseph’s Church on the city’s Berkeley Road afterwards. “It’s a very big Filipino celebration,” Fr Martin McDonald OFM told The Irish Catholic, adding that this celebration of the Holy Infant…

Cultivating a healthy sense of online scepticism

“Wherever there is animal worship, there is human sacrifice,” declared the @GKCdaily Twitter account just last week, causing me to wonder whether the English author GK Chesterton ever said that. Sure, it sounds like something he would have said, but it also seems far too handy a quote for what some are dubbing ‘Veganuary’, and…

Bumper pilgrimage year for Knock Shrine

Knock Shrine has reported an increase in pilgrim numbers over the past year, boosted in part by the historic visit of Pope Francis. Some 45,000 tickets to see the Pontiff at the Co. Mayo Marian shrine were snapped up in just four hours. And while disappointment was expressed that inclement weather affected numbers at the…

Surviving the new Dark Ages
A vision of community life 
for today’s dedicated 
Christians isn’t about 
taking to the hills, Rod Dreher tells Greg Daly   “How can we say that the Church wishes to bring us back into the Dark Ages?” asked GK Chesterton in 1908’s Orthodoxy, answering his rhetorical question with the observation that “The Church was the…
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