Category: Letters

ACP need a good dose of reality

Dear Editor, it was good to see that the former Abbot of Glenstal Abbey Fr Mark Patrick Hederman OSB giving the Association of Catholic Priests (ACP) a bit of a reality check at their recent meeting (IC 16/11/17). I was surprised, however, that the leadership of the ACP appeared to flatly reject Fr Hederman’s criticism…

Synod of Bishops never more timely

Dear Editor, Your lead story ‘Boost as research reveals Irish are “astonishingly religious”’ (IC 9/11/2017) was a real shot in the arm, especially given the constant moaning and gloating we hear about our Church being in decline. Sure, the picture’s not great – in many ways the European Social Survey figures seem to tell us…

Fake news and getting the right proportions

Dear Editor, At a time when other news outlets – including, sadly, other Catholic ones  – fill their online and paper pages with ‘fake news’ about the Vatican, it’s reassuring to see The Irish Catholic holding the line for responsible journalism. Only this week the Vatican had to quash rumours irresponsibly reported across certain elements…

Reformation is a live debate

Reformation is a live debate Dear Editor, Your special Reformation issue of The Irish Catholic (IC 26/10/2017) was remarkable for its breadth and depth, but its real value may lie in its relevance to current Church debates. Take, for example, the piece on the Catholic Counter-Reformation by UCD’s Prof. Tadhg Ó hAnnracháin in which he…

Prayers are becoming words without meaning

Prayers are becoming words without meaning Dear Editor, It is always sad, and even a bit disturbing when, as a couple stand before the altar, there is no obvious passion in that moment when the vows of marriage are pronounced. In a similar way, I am constantly disappointed at the way the Our Father is…

Loss of reverence part of Church decline

Loss of reverence part of Church decline Dear Editor, I note in Fr Joe McDonald’s interview (IC 05/10/2017) that he doesn’t hazard a guess as to why he thinks time is running out on the Church in Ireland. There is, however, one interesting passage in the article with which I agree wholeheartedly: “Instead of asking…

‘Repeal the Eighth’ becoming a thoughtless slogan

‘Repeal the Eighth’ becoming a thoughtless slogan Dear Editor, I was shocked to read in Mary Kenny’s article (IC 28/09/2017) that the GAA Dublin Ladies players unfurled flags to show their support for repealing the Eighth Amendment. Needless to say, this was not reported in the national press. At this stage it seems that ‘repeal the Eighth’…

A letter to departing friend

Dear Gerry, Six months ago I could not imagine writing this letter to you. When you came over from London in April we had lunch together and somehow I felt you were not yourself. You were quiet and almost withdrawn. I called you a few days later to ask were you ok and you said…