Category: Opinion

Modern life is so unforgiving…

I had a conversation with an old rake the other day about past times and past sins, and their inclination to surface in the present. It occurred after a rather public accusation made by the Tory MP, Caroline Noakes, that she had been “groped” by Stanley Johnson – father of British prime minister Boris –…

Politics is more than re-editing glossy brochures

The View As stated here before, there is an imbalance in public discourse between civil rights and civic responsibility, with not enough emphasis on the latter. Not just religion but community is about coming together and showing mutual support and consideration. St Paul’s Epistle to the Hebrews (10: 24-5) speaks about spurring one another to…

The limits of ‘my body, my choice’

It is time to breathe new life into the traditional concept of the common good, writes David Quinn During the abortion debate we all became familiar with the slogan, ‘my body, my choice’. It is the ultimate expression of personal autonomy. Pro-lifers have always responded that the slogan is misapplied to the abortion debate because…

Will they ever come back to Mass?

If the data is correct the post-coronavirus Church in Ireland will be a depleted force, but creative thinking can arrest decline, writes Michael Kelly The First Sunday of Advent at the weekend brought more potentially worrying news about the new variant of Covid-19 that has been discovered in South Africa. It’s a concern, health officials…

People leaving their Churches

Why are so many people leaving their Churches? There is no one answer to that question. People are complex. Faith is complex. The issues are complex. Looking at the question, it can be helpful to distinguish among a number of groups. The ‘Nones’, the ‘Dones’, the ‘Spiritual-but-not-Religious’, the ‘Indifferent’, the ‘Angry’, and the ‘Marginalised’. While…

Doubt is an authentic experience of faith

Editor’s Comment The Most Reluctant Convert is a film that traces the spiritual journey of the renowned author of The Chronicles of Narnia Belfast-born C.S. Lewis. It explores the impact friends had on the committed atheist and how they forced Lewis to question his own disbelief. The title of the film is taken from Lewis’ own description of…