Category: Comment & Analysis

Why anti-Catholicism seems to be on the rise

The polarising effect of social media has heightened anti-Catholic sentiment, writes David Quinn Is anti-Catholicism a thing, and does it exist in Ireland? The answer to both questions is an emphatic yes. Just as it is possible to be anti-communist or anti-EU or anti-American, it is also possible to be anti-Catholic. How do you know…

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Christian persecution worsens post-Covid

Christians in parts of Asia and Africa are at risk of genocide, writes Ruadhán Jones The latest report on Christian persecution from Aid to the Church in Need makes for grim reading. Persecution and oppression in 75% of the 24 countries surveyed is on the rise. Christians face threats from Islamist terrorism, from state-authoritarianism and…

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Learning from the Fr Sheehy controversy

The Government betrays an alarming lack of the sophistication needed to oversee hate crime legislation, writes Fr Andrew McMahon “Nobody talks about sin anymore” is a comment still heard in parish life in Ireland – though typically from those of advanced years. One senses that the area of sexuality and relationships is uppermost in the…

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Vatican officials seek to hamstring former auditor’s $9.6 million lawsuit

Just a week after the Vatican’s first auditor general and his deputy filed a $9.6 million lawsuit for wrongful dismissal, the Vatican’s legal system has seemingly sought to hamstring the claim by refusing to certify the plaintiffs’ chosen lawyer. Speaking to journalists November 17, Libero Milone, the Vatican’s first auditor general, who appointed in 2015…

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Are we living in the end times?

Another Advent season is upon us and another Christmas is just around the corner. The season of Advent has two halves – the first period focuses on hope for the coming of Christ in the future and second part (from December 16) concentrates on the coming of Christ in the past with his incarnation and…

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Is marriage doomed?

Is the institution of marriage doomed? According to a leading British think-tank, ‘Civitas’, wedlock is declining possibly beyond repair – it is now subject to “exponential decay”. About one in 100 couples are currently married; in 40 years’ time, the researchers predict, the numbers will be one in 400. The statistics apply to England and…

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