Category: Opinion

Mullinalaghta has a lesson for Europe!
Isn’t Mullinalaghta wonderful? This small village in Co Longford  raised a national cheer – and a hooray among the diaspora too – when its GAA football team beat Kilmacud Crokes to win the Leinster Football Club final last weekend. Mullinalaghta has a population of only 447 and the GAA club’s membership there is just 155…
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The abortion law is about coercion and manipulation

The consciences of medical staff will be abused with a seal of approval from the Oireachtas, writes Dr Noreen O’Carroll   I was very struck by the phrase “the abuse of conscience” used by Pope Francis in his apology for the abuse perpetrated on minors by members of the clergy and hierarchy; he apologised not only…

Made in the image of God
Human rights need Christian foundations, writes David Quinn   This month marks the 70th anniversary of the passage of the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the key human rights document of our time. This document is quoted across the political spectrum to this day. It is used and misused to advance various human…
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Checking expectations for February child abuse summit
Letter from Rome   Under any circumstances, the announcement in September that Pope Francis plans to convene a summit on February 21-24 for all the presidents of bishops’ conferences around the world, along with the Vatican’s senior leadership, to discuss the clerical sexual abuse scandals in the Church would have been big news. After the…
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Outside the city

God, it seems, favours the powerless, the unnoticed, children, babies, outsiders and refugees with no resources or place to go. That’s why Jesus was born outside the city, in a stable, unnoticed, outside all fanfare, away from all major media and away from all the persons and events that were deemed important at the time,…

Ireland’s Fourth Estate fails again

Dear Editor, Your front-page story on the Religious Sisters of Charity’s failure to seek canonical permission to dispose of the St Vincent’s Healthcare Group (IC 6/12/2018) really showed the truth of the comments from UCD’s Prof. John McCafferty as related in the previous week’s Webwatch. Prof. McCafferty had been critical of the failure of fellow…

Answering our unknown questions

It’s our job to shine the light that first shone in Bethlehem, writes Ciara Ferry   During the Advent and Christmas season, many people find themselves asking the question “What do I want?” Oftentimes the answer can be found in the Black Friday sales, but does not actually satisfy any longer than it takes for…