Category: Opinion

Vaccines – an aid to forming conscience

If significant numbers of people chose not to be vaccinated, the result could be significant loss of life and serious illness in the community and especially among those who are most vulnerable, writes Bishop Kevin Doran Early in December 2020, the Irish Catholic Bishops issued a statement welcoming the progress that has been made in developing…

We were in a middle-class bubble

Since I am of the generation who grew up in Ireland in the 1950s, I’ve received messages on social media saying I – or we – must have been aware of the neglect, malnutrition and cruelties of the mother and baby homes which have been brought to light this week. Astonishing It may seem astonishing…

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Central African Republic remains ‘paralysed’ by post-election violence

Bishop Juan José Aguirre of Bangassou, Central African Republic, says the city “is paralysed” by post-election violence. “People have fled, they’re in hiding,” he told Crux via WhatsApp. On January 6, Pope Francis expressed his concern for this war-torn country and invited “all of the parties to a fraternal, respectful dialogue, to reject any form of hatred…

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What is love asking of us now?

“You can safely assume you’ve created God in your own image when it turns out that God hates all the same people you do.” Anne Lamott Division Those are words worth contemplating, on all sides of the political and religious divide today. We live in a time of bitter division. From our government offices down…

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Vital voices of survivors need to be heard

There is no simple or singular story of the treatment of unmarried mothers in mother and baby homes and county homes. At the outset, I acknowledge that many former residents reject the use of the word ‘home’. The report of the commission investigating the treatment of the mothers and their children in the period from…

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