Category: Letters

Greta’s campaign consistent with Bible

Dear Editor, I was pleased to read an article in your publication (IC 03/10/19) praising the efforts of climate activist Greta Thunberg. Despite her age, this young girl has rallied countries and political leaders around the world to be more environmentally conscious and shed light on how detrimental our current carbon consumption really is. At…

Our Faith says the Devil is real

Dear Editor, On reading Fr Collin’s article (IC 26/09/19)) on the re-introduction of the prayer to St Michael after Masses in our churches, I was forcibly reminded of a recent report in your paper that the Head of the Jesuit Congregation has openly declared that Satan is not a real person but a metaphor for…

We are all called to welcome strangers

Dear Editor, I was heartened by the fact that Limerick’s Bishop Brendan Leahy drew a firm line between Christianity and racism last week (IC 19/09/19). Racial intolerance was more prevalent, normalised and accepted 50 years ago, but we now live in different times and should know much better. Ireland has become more globalised and through…

So much for ‘short term’ missalettes

Dear Editor, Chai Brady’s article about missalettes (IC 05/09/19) highlights a situation which has been allowed to continue for far too long and which needs to be seriously addressed. When the ‘New Mass’ in English was introduced in the late 1960s – as a result of the Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy from the Second…

Pro-life community must not give up hope

Dear Editor, Mary Kenny’s article ‘A little clarification please, Mrs McAleese’ (IC 29/08/19) reminds us all that Mrs McAleese “supported repeal’’, in her own words “with a heart and a half’’. This support for repeal and its drastic consequences was clearly more than a half-hearted and reluctant ‘Yes’ vote. Mrs McAleese’s own words indicate an…

Greta’s message isn’t difficult to understand

Dear Editor, John McGuirk calls Greta Thunberg “a very impressive young woman”, (IC 22/08/19), yet compares her to the Children’s Crusade’s deluded child leaders. Disclaiming any desire to criticise her, he gives the impression he’s itching to do just that, mocking her “holy mission, sailing to the promised land”. He lists failures of “the Green…

Some Catholics just walk the walk

Dear Editor, It was hugely interesting to read in this week’s paper that numbers are up at both Lough Derg and Knock, especially in light of Archbishop Fisichella’s view that shrines can play a key role in the re-evangelisation of Christianity’s old heartlands in Europe and America (IC 22/8/2019). One might wonder too whether walking…

Good perspective on exam results

Dear Editor, Last week, thousands of school children across Ireland received Leaving Cert results and for those up North, A-Level results. The years leading up to this moment were filled with stress, tears and feelings of uselessness. There is so much pressure on kids to achieve top grades, so-much-so that many use them as metric…

The closest place to Heaven? Medjugorje

Dear Editor, Having just returned from the youth festival in Medjugorje, which I attended with my 13-year-old daughter, I can honestly say it was a fantastic experience! Over 60,000 young people from over 80 countries attended a five-day festival and clearly demonstrated how alive the Faith was, and is, in this small village in southern…