Category: Opinion

A prelate in the mould of Cardinal Mindszenty

The Vatican response to the arrest of Cardinal Joseph Zen should concern us all, writes David Quinn In February 1949, the head of the Catholic Church in Hungary, Cardinal József Mindszenty, was sentenced to life in prison by the country’s communist government, one that had been put into power by Joseph Stalin, the Soviet Union’s communist dictator.…

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Love, not excuses, moves things forward

The excusable doesn’t need to be excused and the inexcusable cannot be excused. Michael Buckley wrote those words commenting on St Peter’s triple betrayal of Jesus. Here’s the context. Peter had betrayed Jesus in his most needy hour, not out of malice, simply out of weakness. Now, facing Jesus for the first time since that…

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Too much to expect gratitude?

Dear Editor, In all the hullabaloo around the proposed new National Maternity Hospital (NMH), the entire thrust of most mainstream media commentary is an obsession to ensure that a key part of the work of the maternity hospital will be ending the lives of the most vulnerable human beings – unborn children. The Religious Sisters…

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The intimate connection to the bog

Notebook I have lived and worked in a predominantly rural parish in the midlands for the last ten years. In that time, we have had national debates about many issues including same-sex marriage, abortion, Brexit and the demise – and possible resuscitation – of the Celtic Tiger. All of those issues and many more have…

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Sisters deserve gratitude, not the constant ridicule

Editor’s Comment At lunchtime on Tuesday a lengthy 1,019-word statement from the Department for Health landed in my email inbox. It hailed May 17 as a “significant day for women’s health” in Ireland and announced that the Government that morning approved “the legal framework that will underpin the ownership and governance arrangements for the new…

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A hospital deal that leaves no-one happy

The current deal between the State and St Vincent’s for the National Maternity Hospital pleases no-one, writes Ruadhán Jones The Religious Sisters of Charity acted with the best of intentions when they offered a site worth €200 million for free to facilitate a new maternity hospital. However, from the word go this deal proved controversial,…

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We should take heart from reports from the US

It may take time, but Ireland’s abortion law is not settled and the pendulum will swing again, writes Killian Foley-Walsh Like many who campaigned for the retention of Ireland’s life-saving Eighth Amendment, the triumphal scenes that followed its repeal by a two-to-one margin nearly four years ago broke my heart. I looked on with dismay…

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