Category: Editorials

From pro-choice to abortion zero…

Editor’s Comment Voters in Colombia took to the polls at the weekend and in so doing elected that country’s first left-wing president. Gustavo Petro, the former mayor of the capital Bogota, is also an ex-paramilitary. His background as someone who took up arms against the government is attracting a lot of media attention internationally –…

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The synod process moves up a gear

Editor’s Comment The Irish synodal process is continuing apace. Interest has been patchy; some parish gatherings have attracted only a handful of people – others have seen hundreds of people eager to have their say on the future of their faith community. Priests and even bishops have varying levels of interest in the process, with…

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Francis: renewing the Church from the margins

Editor’s Comment Pope Francis has unveiled his latest additions to the Church’s most exclusive club. The College of Cardinals will be exclusively charged with choosing his successor when there is a vacancy. We used to, of course, say that they would elect a new Pope when the old Pope died – but Benedict’s abdication of…

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Sisters deserve gratitude, not the constant ridicule

Editor’s Comment At lunchtime on Tuesday a lengthy 1,019-word statement from the Department for Health landed in my email inbox. It hailed May 17 as a “significant day for women’s health” in Ireland and announced that the Government that morning approved “the legal framework that will underpin the ownership and governance arrangements for the new…

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