The paralysing effects of negativity in the Church

The former Abbot of Glenstal Abbey Dom Mark Patrick Hederman provoked the ire of the leadership of the Association of Catholic Priests (ACP) recently when he accused them of being too negative. It’s a charge that’s been levelled against the leadership of the group before and it’s one that they’re understandably sensitive about. It’s a…

DUP signals hopes for Pope Francis NI visit

Shift in party’s position EXCLUSIVE   The DUP has given the strongest indication yet that the party will welcome a visit by Pope Francis to the North during the Pontiff’s expected visit to the island of Ireland next year. Sir Jeffrey Donaldson – one of the party’s most-senior figures – told The Irish Catholic that…