Category: Feature

Throwing the baby out with the bathwater

It’s time to outgrow Richard Dawkins, the author of a new critique tells Luke Silke   When it was published in 2006, Richard Dawkins’ takedown of faith The God Delusion remained on the bestseller list for 51 weeks. It was part of a fresh war of words on religion which has since been termed ‘the…

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Life as a Faith-filled film star

Unplanned star Ashley Bratcher talks to Chai Brady about Christmas, Faith, the film and ‘intimidating’ workplaces   US pro-life film star turned producer Ashley Bratcher, who made waves after starring in a contentious film about abortion, opened up about her devout Faith that shapes every part of her life and how the Christmas season for…

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The ironic moral career of Cardinal Law

State Papers Echoes of the past from the archives   The annual release of files often reveal historical ironies in the private papers of the state that how perspectives on events and individuals in public life change constantly. In the summer of 1989 Cardinal Bernard Law made a pilgrimage to Ireland to visit the shrines…

Des Egan – a poet at large in the world

State Papers Echoes of the past from the archives   This year interesting files were in very short supply. One file, in a delivery remarkable short of literary items, was certain to catch the attention of a books editor. A file on Anthony Cronin was devoid of interest so few were the items in it.…

How the Vatican see a state visit

State Papers Echoes of the past from the archives   Over April 19-23, 1989 President Hillery and his wife made a state visit to the Holy See. This went off very well, as is the usual case with state visits. But in the papers dealing with the invitation, an official in the department of Foreign…