Shutting out those who would cherish and protect human life
The View   In the aftermath of last May’s referendum, there has been a dearth of pro-life commentators on radio and TV broadcasts to discuss the implementation of the new abortion laws. But ignoring those who represent a third of the voting public is not enough for those in journalistic circles who influence what we…
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It is time for the Church to end its relationship with the State over schools
The View   Catholic education in this country is not working. Last Summer’s abortion referendum was a wake-up call in this regard: how could so many people, educated in Catholic schools for the most part, have voted to strip the most vulnerable among us of all rights? How could an educated Catholic have voted for…
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Building memories to inspire our children
The View   I was on the phone to a friend recently, discussing the sorry saga of the legalising of abortion in this country when she asked me whether I was reading much about it. I said no, I was considering how to decorate our home for Christmas, which I said was much more important. This…
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A month of remembrance
We have just entered the month of the Dead. November is a time when, as Catholics, we are reminded that the dead are still with us. What, then, should we make of the increasingly gaudy – and gory – festival of Hallowe’en, just past? I must confess that I find Hallowe’en increasingly disturbing. Aside from…
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Time to rehabilitate honour and integrity
The View   Last Saturday, Brett Kavanaugh took up a lifetime appointment as an associate justice of the Supreme Court of the United States. Under the US Constitution, the President gets to nominate federal judges, but the nominations are subject to approval by the Senate, in which the President’s Republican party has a narrow majority.…
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Protecting the unborn without the shield of law
The View   Saturday night last saw a great turn out at the fourth annual pro-life dinner, Ceiliuradh Cois Life, organised by Senator Ronan Mullen and the Pro Life Campaign. Over 750 people gathered together for food and music and to hear former Taoiseach John Bruton speak. In some ways, it was a difficult gathering…
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Shining a bright light on marriage and the family
The View   I attended the funeral of a dear family friend last week. The lady in question was a cherished mother, sister and friend. But above all, she was a beloved wife. Over more than half a century, she and her husband were truly united in marriage. They were and remain an inspirational example of…
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Much-maligned, deeply prophetic… Humanae Vitae remains relevant
The View   July 25th is the 50th Anniversary of the publication of Humane Vitae – meaning “Of Human Life” – the papal encyclical known for its teaching on the regulation of birth. What many fail to appreciate is that it is about so much more than that. For all the controversy it generated at…
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Church and State – it’s time to break the institutional ties
The View   No longer can Ireland be called a Catholic country. It may sound strange, but that comes as a relief to me. For years, those of us who are Catholic have been struggling against a notion that we are somehow part of a Catholic ‘establishment’, exercising great power and sway over the general…
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