Category: Opinion

Odious attitude long pre-dated Epstein

In some ways, the saga of Jeffrey Epstein and his long-term girlfriend and associate Ghislaine Maxwell is almost a morality tale for our time. Epstein, who exploited young girls for sexual purposes, flying them to various spots in America on an airplane jokingly known as ‘The Lolita Express’ is, of course, dead. It’s widely known…

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We need to talk about China

The View During the last four months the world as we knew it has stopped. Gone are many of the things we all took for granted. We know now that it will take years for our world to recover from the economic and social deprivation which have been the result of these months. Can you…

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China’s ‘hypocrisy’ on easing birth limits…except for the Muslim minority

As China appears to be considering relaxing its strict population control measures, American women’s rights activist Reggie Littlejohn has criticised the country for hypocrisy in encouraging Chinese families to have more children while forbidding Uyghur Muslims to do the same. She also voiced doubt that China will completely do away with birth restrictions, insisting that…

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Can we talk about lay people please?

Dublin Diocese has announced that priests are taking a 25% pay cut on already low salaries and that it is looking for one third of its 82 lay staff to take redundancies.  Among those asked to consider redundancy are parish pastoral workers (see Page 4).  The bishops’ conference in Maynooth is also cutting back on…

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The Valladolid debate

Notebook Picture the scene: two men face each other in debate in a stunningly ornate hall. A jury of experts listens intently. They are in Valladolid, the year is 1550, and the debate concerns the moral and legal status of the newly conquered ‘savages’ in Spanish territories. The two men: Dominican friar, Bartolomé de las…

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Shouldn’t Marie Stopes fall too?

Back in the 1990s, I seem to remember Irish students marching in favour of abortion rights, and carrying banners with the name and number of a London clinic – that of Marie Stopes International. The Marie Stopes name was being advertised, in effect, as a symbol of a ‘feminist’ cause of freedom. This, I think,…

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