Category: Letters

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…

Modern ideologies distort Church teaching

Dear Editor, Every baptised person has a duty to proclaim the kerygma, the Good News of the Gospel. God Himself commanded us: “Always be prepared to give an answer to anyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that we have, but to do it with gentleness and care” (1 Pet 3:15).…

My Church is not misogynistic

Dear Editor, I am a young Catholic woman in her twenties, and I am writing to challenge the assumption that the Church is a misogynistic institution. The Oxford dictionary defines a misogynist as “a person who dislikes, despises, or is strongly prejudiced against women”. For some, the Church is misogynistic because it does not ordain…

Fr Flannery’s in no position to throw a stone

Dear Editor, I was surprised to read in your paper how the censured Fr Tony Flannery has criticised Archbishop Diarmuid Martin for doing “little or nothing” to bring about change in the Church (IC 15/3/2018). Granted, there aren’t many who would describe the Archdiocese of Dublin as an especially dynamic place, but even allowing for…

Celebration of accused’s Mass was correct

Dear Editor, I am commenting on the recent resignation of Bishop McAreavey because of his having been criticised for offering the funeral Mass for a priest who, according to the secular media, was “a known paedophile”. Paedophilia is an abomination before God. The trauma caused to victims – physical, psychological, spiritual and social – is incalculable, often resulting…

The homeless are human beings too

Dear Editor, I feel so sorry for the homeless people that had to endure the freezing weather this week. People are often left cold in their own homes, so imagine what people without homes are feeling? Over the last year, many homeless people have been found dead, lying in the street, because of the harsh…

Just what is social doctrine?

Dear Editor, Bishop Sorondo’s recent statement: “Right now, those who are best implementing the social doctrine of the Church are the Chinese” focuses fresh attention on the said “social doctrine”. Does the said “doctrine” embrace the detention of a Nobel Peace Prize laureate, forced abortions, a regime that ties religion to extremism and terrorism, subjecting…

Some people will never be convinced

Dear Editor, I find it very uplifting that the 70th formally recognised miraculous cure in Lourdes has been announced (IC 15/02/18). It highlights the sacred nature of the place, and how God works mysteriously in the world. I think it’s a real shame that in our modern age people often reduce the supernatural down to…

Dear Editor, I am sometimes amused by discussions within the Church about the possibility of Catholics with same-sex attraction. Much of the commentary seems entirely unaware that gay Catholics – many of them couples with fellow gay Catholics – are part and parcel of every parish community in the country. In some parishes, they are…