Category: Comment & Analysis

The link between pregnancy and housing

Nell McCafferty made an apt point when she participated in a discussion celebrating the centenary of the women’s vote on last weekend’s Sunday with Miriam. There was, Nell pointed out, a connection between pregnancy and housing – between mothers being able to celebrate a pregnancy and welcome a baby because they are in possession of…

A lot done, a lot more to do

The View   Martin Mansergh   Shortly, the people of the Irish State will be celebrating 100 years of independence, mostly with pride, despite the difficult circumstances of its birth. This will be done without trying to hide subsequent disappointments, failures and betrayals, or ignoring basic work that still has to be done. Commemoration will…

Fake news – but a real question

Could the Church consider blessings for some same-sex unions, asks Greg Daly   “Cardinal Marx endorses blessing ceremonies for same-sex couples,” declared America’s Catholic News Agency (CNA) earlier this month, with a host of other Catholic news sites taking a similar line and with predictable fits of the vapours across the Catholic internet. Interviewed by…

Our most common sin

Classically Christianity has listed seven sins as ‘deadly’ sins, meaning that most everything else we do which is not virtuous somehow takes its root in one these congenital propensities. These are the infamous seven: pride, greed, lust, envy, gluttony, wrath and sloth. In spiritual literature the first three – pride, greed and lust – get…

Who now will give themselves to a righteous cause?

The Notebook Fr Conor McDonough   Among the noble efforts to resist the Nazi regime was that of Sophie Scholl and the other members of Munich’s ‘White Rose’ group. This small group of friends printed and distributed thousands of copies of anti-Nazi leaflets, even, with incredible courage, throwing huge bundles of them down the staircase…

Faith and superstition

The power of a subordinate clause, one nuance within a sentence and everything takes on a different meaning. That’s the case in a recent brilliant, but provocative, novel, The Ninth Hour, by Alice McDermott. She tells a story which, among other things, focuses on a group of nuns in Brooklyn who work with the poor.…

We all need time to recharge

Fr Bernard Healy   Every January, the clergy of my Diocese gather for our annual assembly. We spend three days away together for renewal and ongoing formation. Until recently this was a Priests’ Assembly, but now we have been enriched by the presence of our Permanent Deacons. We take those three days to listen to…