Category: Comment & Analysis

‘Pray to stay’ – a conversion deceit?

They’ve dubbed it, sarcastically, ‘Pray to Stay’: that’s the description given to some refugees from the Middle East and North Africa who have converted to Christianity in Britain. The implication is that the 200 or so asylum seekers who have become Christians may have done so for manipulative reasons: so as to have a better…

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Getting the structures fit for mission

In opting for a softly-softly approach to diocesan reform, Rome may simply be delaying the inevitable, but has to start somewhere, writes Michael Kelly The old saying goes that ‘you can please some of the people all of the time, and all of the people some of the time – but you can’t please all…

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In Ireland nostalgia is not allowed

Narrating the past is really about controlling the present direction, writes David Quinn Is it a good or a bad thing to be nostalgic about the past? If the latter, then the Irish need not worry, because we are one of the least nostalgic countries in the world about our history according to a new…

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Climate fear is seeing people turn against life itself

The COP26 climate summit in Glasgow is over and has widely been received as not having delivered enough. Climate activist Greta Thunberg lambasted the talks as a “failure”, echoing the sentiments of many commentators since the conference’s close. Climate fight The perceived failure of humanity’s ‘last, best hope’ in the climate fight is unlikely to…

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Dealing with emotional paralysis

Our greatest strength is often our greatest weakness. Sensitivity is a gift, but as any sensitive person will tell you, that gift can be a mixed blessing. Sometimes a thick, calloused skin can save you from a lot of suffering, particularly from heartache. The popular spiritual writer Henri Nouwen was a highly sensitive person. That…

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Dara’s refreshingly sunny outlook

Dara Ó Briain is surely one of the most successful of Irish comedians, mostly living and working in Britain, though currently on tour in Ireland. He’s the genial but sharp host of the hugely engaging Mock the Week satirical programme on BBC. Dara is also an award-winning debater and a brilliant mathematician who has partnered…

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