Category: Opinion

The most overlooked of drugs

The destructive nature of pornography is completely ignored in modern Ireland, writes Jason Osborne The recent atrocious murder of Ashling Murphy has sparked intense national debate about the treatment of women in Ireland, and a concurrent discussion about the perceived flawed state of modern masculinity. Leaving aside the merits or deficiencies of this argument, one…

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The merciless nature of cancel culture

We are now being asked to reject the whole of our histories for not matching the standards of the present, writes David Quinn If you ran an opinion poll and asked people if they understand what is meant by ‘cancel culture’, how many would say ‘yes’, and of those who did, how many would mean…

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Christians in Israel… a thriving community

The only place in the Middle East where Christians truly flourish is in the Jewish state, writes Lironne Bar Sadeh As is their unfortunate habit each Christmas, this year, too, the Anglican archbishops Justin Welby of Canterbury and Hosan Naoum of Jerusalem ascribed a “steady stream of Palestinian Christians leaving the Holy Land” to settler…

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Friendship between cardinal and politician cemented comeback of ‘Bologna school’

When Italy recently celebrated a state funeral for David Sassoli, the President of the European Parliament who died unexpectedly from Legionnaire’s disease on January 11, the Mass was held in Rome’s Basilica of St Mary of the Angels and attended by the President of the Republic, Sergio Mattarella, Prime Minister Mario Draghi, European President Ursula…

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A microcosm of the universal Church

Dear Editor, One evening recently I stopped for a while in a small village in the evening dusk. There wasn’t a single person to be seen on the village streets. All were in the comfort of their homes facilitated by the companionship and love of their families or so I imagined. I went into the local…