Category: Letters

Complaint about hymn but not pornographic pop music

Dear Editor, Yet another attack on Christianity in Ireland has thankfully been quashed due to the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland’s correct decision not to accept a complaint about RTÉ’s broadcasting of popular Christmas carol O Holy Night [The Irish Catholic – July 28, 2022]. In their decision they say: “The broadcaster notes that it is…

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Concern about school sex education curriculum

Dear Editor, As parents and grandparents, we are deeply concerned about the proposed radical revision of the Junior Cycle Social, Personal, Health Education (SPHE) curriculum. In common with many of our contacts and friends, we strongly object to the proposed changes on the grounds of the primary rights of parents in education and the likely…

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Obvious bias and the death of journalism

Dear Editor, The article about TheJournal.ie’s coverage of the pro-life rally was very humorous [The Irish Catholic – July 7, 2022]. Their reporting that “hundreds” of people attended was so blatantly wrong it’s a miracle it was not caught by the organisation’s editors. As miracles are few and far between, in reality it seems to…

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Young Irish have so much to contend with

Dear Editor, I read St Vincent de Paul’s plea to the Government regarding the cost of living crisis with despair. Not that the charity was causing me woe in terms of the content of their suggestions – all of which were worthwhile and positive – but that the Government seems to struggle to get anything…

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Being unmarried does not mean being out of touch

Dear Editor, Below is an extensive quote from an article in The Irish Catholic, June 16, 2022 [‘Clear call’ for married priests from Irish synod participants]: “The value that underlines the desire is a ‘belief that a married clergy dealing daily with family issues, would be in a better position to understand and deal with…

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Is the homophobia charge against the Church justified?

Dear Editor, So the Church needs to change with regard to its obvious discrimination towards LGBT people? This charge is levelled against the Church without any specificity about the nature of this discrimination. So is this charge of a ‘homophobic’ Church justified? Is it not Church teaching that the homosexual person should be accepted with…

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What does a change of Church ownership mean?

Dear Editor, One hears repeated reference to the notion of change of ownership of the Church. As written some commentary proposes to wrest the ownership from the ordained ministry and give it to the laity. However, one petition in the Sacrifice of the Mass, to wit, “look not on our sins but on the faith…

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A spiritual revolution for the elderly

Dear Editor, Anyone who has been following the live streaming of Masses during the pandemic and after, could not fail to have noticed that not only are many of the priests elderly, but almost without exception, regular congregations are made up of elderly men and women. Pope Francis is challenging us to look to the…

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