A Doctor for a post-conciliar world

Cardinal Newman – Special Supplement Newman’s canonisation will allow the Church to shine a spotlight on his teaching, Greg Daly is told God, as they say, moves in mysterious ways, and the path that led Fr Ian Ker to become the world’s leading Newman scholar seems to have apparently random divine footprints all over it.…

Expert ‘coalface voices’ vital in end-of-life debates

Doctors must drive debates around assisted suicide, and should not allow politicians and lobby groups to dominate the discussions, a conference of doctors has heard. Speaking at the fifth conference of the Irish Catholic Doctors Learning Network, Dr Chris Garrett said terms like “death with dignity” have been hijacked by advocates of euthanasia and physician-assisted…

The White Rose of Conscience

Cardinal Newman – Special Supplement Newman had a profound influence on a German anti-Nazi group, writes Greg Daly “But we know by whom we were created, and that we stand in a relationship of moral obligation to our creator. Conscience gives us the capacity to distinguish between good and evil,” wrote Fritz Hartnagel, a young…

Newman’s profound impact on  the field of Irish literature

Cardinal Newman-Special Supplement   “It is a curious thing, do you know,” observes a friend of Stephen Dedalus, James Joyce’s alter ego in A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, “how your mind is supersaturated in the religion in which you say you disbelieve.” For Notre Dame’s Prof. Declan Kiberd, Ireland’s major writers…

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Panning for gold on the Catholic internet

Some weeks ago I was lucky enough to be present in England’s New Forest for my god-daughter’s first profession as a Dominican sister. Her community, the Dominican Sisters of St Joseph, is a remarkable group of women – warm, supportive, fun, energetic, contemplative and evangelical – and very much a case study in G.K. Chesterton’s…

Bring back St Michael prayer – exorcist

One of Ireland’s top exorcists has called for the Church to reintroduce the prayer to St Michael at the end of Masses. Between 1886 and 1967, Masses around the world concluded with a prayer calling on St Michael the archangel to protect Catholics from the devil and evil spirits, but following the Second Vatican Council…