Category: Comment & Analysis

New report, old knowledge

The report issued this week by the HSE on the harm that alcohol abuse does to others is described as “new”. ‘The Untold Story: Harms Experienced in the Irish Population Due to Others’ Drinking’ is to be welcomed, but its contents are anything but new, and anything but untold. The same message could have been…

Reign of the illiberal liberals

Politicians are forcing their views on the Church, writes David Quinn   Liberalism is an extremely aggressive and domineering ideology. In the name of ‘tolerance’ and ‘inclusion’, it intimidates opponents into submission by denouncing them as ‘bigots’ and ‘haters’. Like Christianity when it was politically and socially very powerful, liberalism will brook no rivals. It…

Time to talk – about foreign funding

Government involvement in the Amnesty repeal launch glosses over the organisation’s flouting of Irish law, writes Greg Daly   Amnesty International Ireland may have fallen foul of the State’s ethics watchdog, but that hasn’t stopped Health Minister Simon Harris from endorsing the organisation in its campaign to remove Ireland’s constitutional protections for the unborn. Such,…

Moral Outrage

Moral outrage is the antithesis of morality. Yet it’s everywhere present in our world today and is everywhere rationalised on the basis of God and truth. We live in a world awash in moral outrage. Everywhere individuals and groups are indignant and morally outraged, sometimes violently so, by opposing individuals, groups, ideologies, moral positions, ecclesiologies,…

Lessons on moving on

It’s six months now since I was obliged to leave the lovely old flat in central Dublin which I had rented for 21 years. It was on the second floor of an old Georgian building and I loved it. It was full of books and old things, nooks and crannies, memorabilia and memories and I…

Brexit was never foreseen in Good Friday Agreement

Martin Mansergh The View   The political history of 20th-Century Ireland is book-ended between the 1916 Easter Rising and the 1998 Good Friday Agreement. These descriptions are very evidently linked symbolically to key events in the Christian calendar. Pearse’s writings leading up to the Rising are suffused with religious metaphor, for which he was notably…

God is in the details

Lots of small, kind gestures make saints, writes David Quinn   A few weeks ago during a chat with a renowned Italian journalist, the Pope seemed to call the existence of Hell into doubt, or so it was reported. The journalist, Eugenio Scalfari (94), is founder of the traditionally anti-clerical newspaper, La Repubblica. Pope Francis…

Reasons to 
Believe in God

Belief in God today is often seen as a naiveté. For many, believing in God is like believing in Santa and the Easter Bunny – nice, something for the kids, a warm nostalgia or a bitter memory but not something that’s real, that stands up to hard scrutiny and indeed stands up to the dark…