Category: Letters

Will we listen to awakened majority?

Dear Editor, 72% of online respondents to the recent The Irish Catholic poll said ‘Yes’ when asked if the church should step back, divest schools and prioritise Faith formation. But will we listen to this awakened majority? All our internalising of hostile media-shaming has led to an unhealthy loss of connection by Catholics with our…

We must continue to cherish life

Dear Editor, I am writing as an African woman recently settled in Ireland. I think the Irish media should have reflected a greater diversity of views on the Eighth Amendment. A priority seemed to have been given to white Irish women. There is a significant number of black, Asian and other ethnic minority communities who…

Sacraments should not be weaponised

Dear Editor, Bishop Kevin Doran has been roundly criticised for saying that it was a sin to vote for abortion. Many will agree with him, but it’s worth re-stating exactly what the bishop said because it is more nuanced than the headlines suggest. Dr Doran said that if a practicing Catholic “voted ‘Yes’, knowing and…

What of our own unrecognised martyrs

Dear Editor, It was heartwarming to read how the Vatican has given permission for an investigation to begin into the sanctity of Fr Ragheed Ganni and his fellow martyred clerics, opening the door to these inspirational men being raised to the altars of the Church (IC 17/5/2018). Anyone who knows anything about these men won’t…

Commitment to justice is not ‘optional’

Dear Editor, I note with surprise and dismay the recent statement of the Association of Catholic Priests (ACP) on the Eighth Amendment. On first reading, it appears that what bothers the ACP is that laity are involved in articulating the pro-life message to Mass-goers – a curiously inconsistent position for an association which garners much…

The vulnerable need our attention

Dear Editor, I read new figures which suggest a small decrease in national homelessness (IC 03/05/18). The statistics from the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government showed that 9,681 people accessed State-funded emergency homelessness accommodation in March, down slightly to 9,807 in February. It’s wonderful that this number has decreased, but it is still…

Committed to values of Catholic social teaching

Dear Editor, Following your reports in recent weeks in relation to the forthcoming referendum on the Eighth Amendment we wish to make clear the position of the Society of St Vincent de Paul as an organisation. As on previous occasions, where there have been referenda or elections, the Society of St Vincent de Paul will…

Collins’ recommendation makes sense

Dear Editor, Marie Collins’ recommendation that clerics who have misled Pope Francis around abuse and cover-up in Chile should be removed from office (IC 19/4/2018) makes perfect sense. At this stage, it is hard to see how anything else could constitute a genuine commitment to the cause of zero tolerance in the field of child…

Time to look closely at how Catholic SVP is

Dear Editor, For many years I was a member of the Society of St Vincent de Paul. I was shocked to read the article which said that the society will adopt no stance in the referendum on the Eighth Amendment, and will offer no advice to its members, regarding their decision on how to vote…

‘Who is missing from our world?’

Dear Editor, The stalwarts of the prolife movement continue the fight for life on many frontlines these days and yet we still don’t see the big picture. I heard a discussion the other day which made me jump; it was not focused on the numbers aborted or the horrifying array of methods or the blindness…