Category: Opinion

Where a queue was a pilgrimage…

‘A pilgrimage’ – that was one of the most frequent descriptions of the vast queue, miles long, formed by the public filing past Queen Elizabeth II’s coffin before her funeral. And pilgrimage has another dimension that is both practical and symbolic” Pilgrimage is primarily religious in nature and its main purpose is to achieve holiness and…

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Is it time for a parish mission?

As time goes by, parishes all over the country are continuing to realise the negative effects that Covid-19 had on their communities. Apart from the loss of those who died from the disease, the virus scattered people into greater isolation and broke the habit of Church attendance for many. As communities struggle to re-build after…

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Housing crisis seems to have slipped from agenda

Dear Editor, With all the hullabaloo surrounding Queen Elizabeth’s death, the energy crisis, war in Ukraine etc… the fact that we are living through a housing crisis seems to have slipped from the agenda. This is the issue that seems unsolvable, at least it seems that way due to a host of inept politicians and…

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Peterson: why young men seek out his message

It’s cheering to see that Garth Brooks has, once again, had such a popular and rapturous reception in Ireland. Country and western music is a meaningful genre of ballad, lyric and narrative, reaching into human experience just as deeply as great opera. Its roots, moreover, are Irish, or at least partly Irish, the hillbilly notes…

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The pressure to conform to a Catholic image

Popular images of the practicing Catholic ought not to be mistaken as essential elements of the Faith, writes Jason Osborne For the younger generations of Catholics, the internet is now an inextricable part of their experience of the world. I believe I grew up in the last years that weren’t entirely permeated by the internet,…

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