Category: Opinion

Pope Francis considers renewing controversial China-Vatican deal

The report comes as criticisms of Disney bring Chinese cruelties to the fore again, writes Ruadhán Jones Near the end of a long list of credits is an obscure, seemingly inconsequential thank-you from Disney to the “Publicity Department of the Chinese Communist Party’s Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region Committee”. Already alarm bells should be ringing. Xinjiang…

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Rest assured…God is happy

Christianity, Judaism, and Islam ultimately all believe in the same God. Interestingly, too, in the popular mind they also all tend to conceive of God in the same way, namely, as male, celibate and not being particularly happy. Well, the gender of God is not something we can ever conceptualise. God is neither male or…

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Abortion isn’t the only issue in US election

Dear Editor, As someone Irish now living in the United States I feel the call to enter the debate over the US Presidential election that has been raised recently in your columns. If indeed abortion was the only issue at stake in the election, a Catholic would have no option but to vote Republican and…

Pubs and the Church – what do they have in common?

Years ago, the Vintners Association of Ireland were concerned that the Pioneer movement would exert sufficient influence on the Government to restrict the opening hours of public houses. But how gentle and civilised were the advocates of temperance in comparison to the ferocious damage being wrought by the Covid pandemic, and the nostrums of those…

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