Category: News

From the National Archives – Peter Costello

  This week the National Archives made available to the general public the new releases of confidential State records and files from 1981 and earlier. In a preview of the documents, The Irish Catholic gleaned from the thousands of files some items of special interest to our readers. The following pages carry some of what…

Manipulating language so we dislike Ricky Santorum

  Ricky Santorum is the Republican candidate who came within eight votes of beating Mitt Romney in the Iowa caucus that is the first step in the race to be the Republican’s presidential candidate this year. Santorum is very strongly pro-life and pro-family and for this reason is being thoroughly demonised by his enemies and…

Will Diarmuid Martin get an appointment?

Pope Benedict XVI is expected to announce that he is shortly to appoint new cardinals. But will Dublin’s Archbishop Diarmuid Martin be among them? When Dr Martin – a career Vatican diplomat – was despatched from Rome in 2003 to take over from Cardinal Desmond Connell everyone though it was only a matter of time…

Judging Archbishop McQuaid

Archbishop John Charles McQuaid is entitled to the presumption of innocence, writes David Quinn Few figures in recent Irish history are more discredited than Archbishop John Charles McQuaid. In a certain narrow way, he was a very effective and energetic bishop in that he worked tirelessly to develop a diocese that served all the Catholics…

Pope Benedict announces 22 new cardinals

Pope Benedict XVI announced this morning that he is to create 22 new cardinals. 18 of the new cardinals will be eligible to vote in a papal election since they are under the age of 80 while 4 are considerd honourary cardinals being age over 80. Here is the list of the 22 cardinals-designate, in…

Government announces

  The Government has announced this evening that it has established a so-called ‘expert group’ to look at the issue of abortion. In December 2010 the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) ruled that Ireland must clarify the circumstances under which abortion would be legal in the State. However, crucially the case does not mean…