Category: Opinion

Why anti-Catholicism seems to be on the rise

The polarising effect of social media has heightened anti-Catholic sentiment, writes David Quinn Is anti-Catholicism a thing, and does it exist in Ireland? The answer to both questions is an emphatic yes. Just as it is possible to be anti-communist or anti-EU or anti-American, it is also possible to be anti-Catholic. How do you know…

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Christian persecution worsens post-Covid

Christians in parts of Asia and Africa are at risk of genocide, writes Ruadhán Jones The latest report on Christian persecution from Aid to the Church in Need makes for grim reading. Persecution and oppression in 75% of the 24 countries surveyed is on the rise. Christians face threats from Islamist terrorism, from state-authoritarianism and…

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Learning from the Fr Sheehy controversy

The Government betrays an alarming lack of the sophistication needed to oversee hate crime legislation, writes Fr Andrew McMahon “Nobody talks about sin anymore” is a comment still heard in parish life in Ireland – though typically from those of advanced years. One senses that the area of sexuality and relationships is uppermost in the…

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Vatican officials seek to hamstring former auditor’s $9.6 million lawsuit

Just a week after the Vatican’s first auditor general and his deputy filed a $9.6 million lawsuit for wrongful dismissal, the Vatican’s legal system has seemingly sought to hamstring the claim by refusing to certify the plaintiffs’ chosen lawyer. Speaking to journalists November 17, Libero Milone, the Vatican’s first auditor general, who appointed in 2015…

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Our contribution to deepen Faith

Editor’s Comment Writing to early Christians in Asia Minor nearly 2,000 years ago St Peter urged believers to: “always have your answer ready for people who ask you the reason for the hope that you all have” (I Peter 3:15). The Christians were a minority at the time often facing persecution, and St Peter referred…

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A distinction between disciples and the crowds

Dear Editor, Dr Tom Finegan [The Irish Catholic – November 10, 2022] puts us all in his debt by drawing our attention to a fault line in our thinking as Catholics. Like a geological fault line it is all the more dangerous for being unsuspected. We don’t think it is possible for us to imitate…

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Are we living in the end times?

Another Advent season is upon us and another Christmas is just around the corner. The season of Advent has two halves – the first period focuses on hope for the coming of Christ in the future and second part (from December 16) concentrates on the coming of Christ in the past with his incarnation and…

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