Category: Comment & Analysis

Duty and desire in a royal kerfuffle

At the heart of every institution there are frail and flawed human beings, writes David Quinn   You’ve probably seen the Netflix series, The Crown, which is a semi-fictionalised drama about Britain’s royal family. It covers the reign of Elizabeth II and follows her from the time she is a young woman and will end…

New deal brings no hope for the unborn

Voters are being asked to let the Assembly resume while major changes have been already wrought in the North without their agreement, writes Pól Ó Muirí   Nothing happens and then everything happens. After a three-year hiatus, Northern Ireland’s regional assembly is back. It had become a running, and sour joke, amongst many that members…

Pope warns US/Iran tensions could trigger ‘vaster conflict’

Letter from Rome Pope Francis called recent tensions between the US and Iran following the killing of General Qassem Soleimani in Baghdad “particularly troubling” last Thursday, warning that they risk triggering a “vaster conflict”. Escalation between the two nations, the Pope said, risks “compromising the gradual process of rebuilding in Iraq, as well as setting…

The little way

Most of us have heard of St Thérèse of Lisieux, a French mystic who died at age 24 in 1897 and who is perhaps the most popular saint of the last two centuries. She’s famous for many things, not least for a spirituality she called her ‘little way’.  What is her ‘little way’? Popular thought…