Category: Letters

Time to stand with Holy Land Christians

Dear Editor, I was pleased to see that you will – please God – again start bringing pilgrims to the Holy Land in 2021. My husband and I were part of the trip three years ago and it had a very moving impact on our Faith and helped us appreciate the scriptures in a new…

Jesus isn’t invited to his own birthday party

Dear Editor, As all Christians know the birth of the baby Jesus is the reason for the festive season. Indeed without Christ there would be no Christmas. However, our society has now become so secular that Jesus is increasingly not invited to his own birthday party. How can so called Christians send a secular Christmas…

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We must bring young men to church

Dear Editor, It was sad to hear of the closing of Clonard Monastery Confraternity for Men who are now losing ‘their sense of identity and belonging’ as Catholics. Will this leave the Catholic Church with no outreach to men at all? Men in our congregations have become almost an endangered species and as for young…

High hopes for archbishop ‘full of Holy Spirit’

Dear Editor, Re David Quinn’s article ‘Dublin now needs an archbishop who is not afraid to be counter-cultural’ [IC 19/11/2020]. I agree completely with David Quinn and for some time now I have been disappointed with the archbishop. Now more than ever we need someone who is positive and a voice that lifts people up,…

Prelates must raise voices about suicide

Dear Editor,I write this email with great frustration, sadness, and disappointment, yet I feel compelled to express my feelings publicly in the hope that those in positions of authority, the media, politicians, bishops, and doctors, will act. I am living in Dundrum, County Dublin, a suburb of the capital. In recent days our community has…

State’s ‘ironic’ approach to protecting life

Dear Editor, I was interested to read in Niamh Uí Bhriain’s article [IC 29/10/2020] that it is likely that euthanasia will kill the same number of people as coronavirus in the Netherlands this year. This is a shocking statistic, and I fear for the introduction of the ‘Dying with Dignity’ bill in Ireland. I noticed…

‘Astounded’ at treatment of priest by An Garda

Dear Editor, I was astounded to read in The Irish Catholic about a priest in Cork who was allegedly threatened by gardaí with punitive action for celebrating public Mass [IC 12/11/2020]. The Department of Health and the Minister of Justice have both said that if a priest celebrated public Mass they were not making a…

We must never lose faith in our youth

Dear Editor, Gerard Gallagher placed the spotlight on a very important challenge and presented a great opportunity for our Catholic Church to address in Ireland 2020 [IC 22/10/2020], how to reach out and evangelise our young people in an effective way? Young people will identify with the Church’s commitment to social justice and works of…