Category: Opinion

She is everything we aspired to…

Ever since I became interested in feminism – it was back in 1967, while in New York – I’ve observed that feminists have been concerned with one prevailing issue. This was sometimes defined as ‘having it all’ – the founder-editor of modern Cosmopolitan magazine Helen Gurley Brown coined that phrase. The British author Shirley Conran…

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Let’s talk about sex

Few things cause Christianity more trouble in the Western world than what it has to say about sexual morality, writes David Quinn Pope Francis knows that the gulf between the Church and secular society when it comes to sex is massive and is trying to address it by softening the edges and presentation of that…

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In spite of this time of hardship prayer in the home has been rekindled

Purposeful meetings are life-giving and this is the reason the Northern Pastoral Network continues to meet, writes Paula McKeown In Church circles there are many phrases being bounced around that can leave nothing but negativity ringing between the ears: “The accelerator has been pressed on secularisation.” “The few families that were coming haven’t come back.”…

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Even now we can still keep the Lord’s Day holy

The sense of Sunday still resonates deeply with Christians throughout this country and throughout the world, writes Julie Kavanagh A s a parish cantor, I have been one of the privileged few able to attend Mass on a Sunday throughout this pandemic. I don’t take that privilege lightly. I have experienced first-hand the loneliness of…

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Human weakness can lead from goodness to what only appears good

Assisted suicides present an unhelpful and dubious choice of relief or continuous pain, writes Fr SeánMacGiollarnáth, O. Carm. The Hippocratic tradition in medicine is under threat through the removal of traditional protections at the beginning and the end of human life. Law and medicine both reflect dominant tendencies and practices in culture and politics which…

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The Pope has previous form in trying to steer a middle ground on civil unions while defending marriage

In Buenos Aires, the future Pope Francis saw same-sex marriage as an attack on children but he did think that gay people should be included in civil unions, writes Austen Ivereigh In Argentina, there was one issue over which a direct confrontation with the government was inevitable. Although Cristina Kirchner was president, it was Néstor…

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The Pope’s vision of the Church is a big tent

Francis is willing to risk confusion for the sake of inclusion, writes Michael Kelly The Pope’s backing for legislation for civil unions for gay couples is a big deal. It’s also a significant shift away from the policy of his immediate predecessors who warned Catholics that opposing such unions was an obligation. It’s important to…

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