Category: Opinion

When banks were community treasures

When my brother James went to work in a bank, he was first sent to Oldcastle, Co. Meath. In those days – this was back in the 1950s – the Hibernian Bank was regarded as ‘the Catholic bank’, especially in counties nearing the border, while the Ulster Bank was regarded as ‘the Protestant bank’. Farmers…

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It would be an abdication of duty for bishops to defer to a Government that does not understand the true importance of the Church’s sacraments

The View Schools move back into operation this week, with over 300,000 four to seven-year-olds returning to the classroom. This is an age-group notorious for its inability to sit still, take instructions consistently, and with a developmental need for touch. Yet we adults — with a greater ability to take instructions, follow rules, and observe…

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D-Day looms for Vatican relations with China

The human rights abuses of the communist regime are becoming worse by the day, writes David Quinn W hen Irish people pay attention to what is happening overseas, it is mainly what is happening in Britain and America that occupies our minds. That’s understandable, because so many Irish live in those countries and Britain is…

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An invitation to something higher

In 1986, Czechoslovakian novelist Ivan Klima published a series of autobiographical essays entitled, My First Loves. These essays describe some of his moral struggles as a young agnostic seeking for answers without any explicit moral framework within which to frame those struggles. He’s a young man, full of sexual passion, but hesitant to act out…

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Pope will bring a message of hope to Iraq

Early tomorrow morning (Friday), Pope Francis will depart from the Vatican for the 33rd apostolic journey of his pontificate outside of Italy. Iraq will be the 51st country that the Holy Father will have visited since the inauguration of his papacy eight years ago this month. It is a visit that the Pope has wanted…

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‘Love thy neighbour’ – its true meaning…

Susie Orbach is a well-known London psychotherapist who was Princess Diana’s emotional counsellor back in the 1980s. She has recently been speaking about the wave of ‘social depression’ that has arisen from prolonged lockdown. The severe restrictions on our everyday lives make us ‘solace-deprived’ and emotionally ‘squeezed-out’. Social isolation, she notes, is a form of…

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