Category: Comment & Analysis

Unpacking Mary McAleese and Pope St John Paul II

As a newspaper, we report fair and accurately without fear or favour, writes Michael Kelly Former president Mary McAleese has been at pains to deny that she misrepresented the views of Pope John Paul II on human sexuality. It’s a serious matter that requires a serious response. When The Irish Catholic first broke the story last week…

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Mary McAleese is wrong – the Church is no empire of misogyny, it’s where I am nourished and inspired

The View There has been much discussion of misogyny in the Church following Mary McAleese’s most recent assertion that the Church has become a “primary global carrier of the toxic virus of misogyny”, and “a male bastion of patronising platitudes to which Pope Francis has added his own quota”. She had previously described the Catholic…

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Should the nuns tell the National Maternity Hospital to go elsewhere?

The establishment never misses opportunity to demonise the nuns and to blacken their reputations, writes David Quinn   Dr Peter Boylan, one of the chief campaigners in favour of repealing the Eighth Amendment, has been on the warpath again over the relocation of the National Maternity Hospital from Holles Street to the Blackrock Campus of St…

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Does the Church have a stance on vegetarianism?

Questions of Faith Now more than ever, people are freely opting for a plant-based lifestyle not only to improve their health but also for moral reasons. It’s estimated that about 11% of the global population is vegetarian and this number is increasing daily given society’s changing attitudes towards meat consumption. For Catholics who are considering…

Dorothy Day would be a saint for a ‘polarised’ world

Nick
 Mayrand While US Catholics currently claim 13 official American saints, experts at Marquette University’s Raynor Memorial Libraries are doing their part to aid efforts to determine whether that number may soon grow to include Dorothy Day. Day co-founded the Catholic Worker movement in New York city in the 1930s following her conversion to Catholicism.…

Living out a vocation

What does it mean to have a vocation? The term gets batted around both in religious and secular circles and everyone assumes its meaning is clear. Is it? What’s a vocation? Karl Jung defined it this way: “A vocation is an irrational factor that destines a man to emancipate himself from the herd and from…