Bishops: be realistic, but not defeatist

There was a time when the laity didn’t take it upon themselves to advise a bishop, and the distance was maintained between the See and the flock. But we are moving at a different tempo now, as the new Bishop of Galway, Michael Duignan, indicated at his installation last weekend. Synodial measures are encouraging the…

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What’s wrong with nationalism, Leo?

I can understand Leo Varadkar being pleased and relieved that Marine Le Pen was defeated as French presidential candidate. There is a track record of racist ideas with her party – and besides, the Euro would have plunged in value if she had succeeded. So, even on practical grounds, we are spared yet another financial…

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French Catholics and President Macron

Emmanuel Macron, who is likely to remain President of France, was educated mainly by the Jesuits, at the Lycée la Providence in Amiens, and he chose to be baptised a Catholic at the age of 12. And according to a poll carried out by Ifop, 28% of French Catholics voted for him in the first…

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The problem with a state religion…

How can a Churchman stand by Vladimir Putin and justify his utterly brutal attack on Ukraine? But the Russian ‘pope’, Patriarch Kirill has made it clear that he is fully aligned with Mr Putin and his ideological position – that Kyiv is essentially a part of Russia, in culture, religion and tradition. “It is my…

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Teaching the EU truths about Irish history…

EU diplomats have been told by Sinn Féin that Europe must prepare for the reunification of Ireland – and that the EU must take the same encouraging attitude to Irish unity as it did to the reunification of Germany. “Our European partners must be energetic and proactive in advocating for Irish unity at every opportunity,”…

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Would you defend your country?

There’s currently a map of Europe on display on social media asking the question ‘Would you fight for your own country?’ Perhaps an apt question during St Patrick’s week. Portugal and Spain are on 28% and 22% respectively, and Italy on 20%” According to this geographical graphic, 38% of people in the Republic of Ireland…

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