Category: Feature

"Despite their condemnation of violence, the Churches were not seen as neutral and above the fray. They were seen as part of the problem. This made it very difficult for them to be seen as part of the solution.”   That was John Brewer, Professor of Post-Conflict Studies, one of the foremost sociologists of religion,…

They have come five and a half thousand miles and they are one of the refreshing untold stories of post-Good Friday Agreement in Northern Ireland.   We aretalking about the arrival in the North since around 2,000 of a significant number of Syro Malabar Catholics, formerly known as the Church of St Thomas Christians, from…

Padre Pio is a saint for our time. He has been recorded on tape, filmed, and photographed by many people. I’ve known and spoken to people who have met him, talked to him and been toconfession with him. I lived with a friar who, while a theology student in Rome, spent the summer months during…

YOUCAT poses the question “What must we do for the unity of Christians?” Unity is the business of all Christians regardless of how young or old they are! Jesus prayed to the Father, “that they all may be one”.  John 17.   The desire for unity is something that we all endeavour to achieve. Families…

Eucharist is a source of new life

This year’s Eucharistic Congress is a chance to ponder the depths of this mystery which is at the heart of our Christian faith, writes Rik Van Nieuwenhove   The Synoptic Gospels and St Paul unanimously witness to the fact that the Eucharist was instituted by Our Lord himself. This took place during the celebrations of…

Arguing a case against human existence

  Professor William Reville examines the controversial philosophy of David Benatar   My colleague Dr Tom Moore, senior lecturer in the biochemistry department, UCC, gave a public lecture at UCC on January 18 that attracted a lot of interest. Tom described a proposal outlined by the South African philosopher David Benatar in his recent book,…

Raising a flag against racism

  Mags Gargan looks at a programme that promotes diversity in schools   ‘The biggest success of all was the attitude change in the students. This programme opened their eyes to a world of cultures and languages,” says Melissa Boyer, of the experience of St Joseph’s Girls National School in Dublin’s Finglas on participating in…

Tears of joy in Malawi – Paul Keenan

  Paul Keenan reports on a Christian charity helping those in need to help themselves   If there is an illustration that best serves the guiding principles of the Tearfund charity, it is offered from the personal experience of their CEO, Reuben Coulter. Just returned from Malawi, where he was overseeing ongoing Tearfund projects, Reuben…

The future potential of worker co-operatives

By ignoring the potential of co-operatives we are missing out on an opportunity for economic growth, writes FrDermot McKenna SJ   Regrettably, co-operative enterprise is not held in high esteem by our Government, by our professionals, by our teachers, or even by our Churches. It would be interesting to know if any of our third-level…

Life goes on for Liam after heartbreak

  Irish Catholic actor Liam Neeson tells Cindy Pearlman about life after the death of his wife   ‘I love that expression, ‘How do you make God laugh?’,” Liam Neeson says. ”The answer: ‘You just tell him your plans and then watch as fate takes you in a different direction.’ You think your life is…