Category: Comment & Analysis

The McWilliams doctrine of economic prosperity…and its hostility to Faith
St Patrick’s Day, as we all know, has in recent years become an occasion for “marketing” Ireland in various corners of the globe. The shiny new liberal Ireland is merchandised in such a way that it will attract many more investors, customers and traders. I’m all for investment, trade and opportunities for jobs – who…
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Christians and Muslims: forging an honest peace
The View   The Pope’s recent visit to the United Arab Emirates highlighted the issue of relations with Islam. It has been a recurring theme of this pontificate. It was also a major concern of Pope Benedict, although he was unfairly caricatured as anti-Islamic after his much mis-quoted Regensberg Address in 2006. Far from attacking…
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Pope’s message doesn’t change Christ’s great commission
Our task is still to make disciples of all nations, write David Quinn   Last week, Pope Francis made one of the most important overseas trips of his pontificate so far when he visited the United Arab Emirates (UAE). Obviously any trip by a Pope to a Muslim nation is important for both historical reasons…
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Celibacy – a personal apologia

As a vowed, religious celibate I’m very conscious that today celibacy, whether lived out in a religious commitment or in other circumstances, is suspect, under siege, and is offering too little by way of a helpful apologia to its critics. Do I believe in the value of consecrated celibacy? The only real answer I can…

What happens when we die?

Questions of Faith   There’s an old saying, usually attributed to Benjamin Franklin, which points out that there are only two things certain in life: death and taxes. While Franklin’s economic predictions may not hold water in some distant society of the future, his first point about our mortality certainly rings true. We all die.…

Everyone brings something different to the table
Some years ago, I was invited to accompany an Australian right-to-life group to a witness vigil outside a Melbourne abortion clinic. I was staying with one of the women involved in the event, so I said I would. It was a peaceful and respectful gathering. The participants were seated on a wall, or on the…
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Commemorating the birth of a nation
The View   Martin Mansergh   January brought Ireland into the second and more difficult phase of the decade of centenaries dominated by the birth pangs of a new State. Part of the price of this or any form of Irish self-government was partition. There are two modes of remembering. The ceremonial joint session of…
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