Category: Letters

Dear Editor, Once again we see Ireland behind the curve in its rush to impose an abortion regime on this country. Even as the tide continues to turn against the devastation wrought by terminations in the United States, I read (IC 12/12/13) of Europe’s rejection – for a second time – of a call to…

Dear Editor, Thank you for your detailed coverage of the latest audits of dioceses and congregations (IC 12/12/13). The calm and ordered detailing of progress achieved, and the work yet to be done, was in contrast to the predictable search for grim reading so obvious in other areas of the media who remain apparently reluctant…

Dear Editor, The article ‘Pre-Famine bishops sparked hi-tech revolution’ (IC 12/12/13) appears lop-sided. The report praises Irish religious leaders for mandating in 1836 all education of Catholic children through the English language – albeit at the expense of our own Irish tongue. Talk of turkeys voting for Christmas! Why overlook the cultural cost? The whole…

Dear Editor, After reading last year that Pope Benedict XVI (now Emeritus) was encouraging everyone to read the Catechism during the Year of Faith, I saw an article in The Irish Catholic giving details of a website where people could sign up to receive daily emails with a question from the Catechism with commentary. For…

Dear Editor, Regarding Andrew O’Connell’s remark concerning the Year of Faith (IC 28/11/13), I do not agree with him that “many people have lost faith in the possibility of God”. Many people have left the institutional Church but they still have a strong faith – they know God has not failed them and won’t. They…

Dear Editor, We have only to read the New Testament to see that its teaching never justifies the gratuitous exclusion of people from membership of the gathering of believers that we call the Christian Church. That is not the way in which Jesus behaved; nor should his followers. Cardinal William Levada had no right to…

Dear Editor, In The Irish Catholic (Letters 14/11/13) Dr Ciarán Ó Coigligh wrote a very courageous letter regarding the lack of a real Catholic ethos in our third level institutions. Many faithful are hoping for renewal in the Church but I simply cannot see it happening if our theological faculties and teacher training colleges are…

Dear Editor, It was interesting to read recent letters published in national newspapers regarding same-sex-marriage. In one such letter the writer made reference to ‘logic’. This prompted me, as part of a letter I wrote to the relevant newspaper, to pose the following question: “Logically, can a union which doesn’t include sexual complementarity be identical…

Dear Editor, Thanks to Pope Francis these are halcyon days, upbeat, joyous. Long may he and they last. We certainly need him now; he has been sending out signals that he means business; radical change is coming. But how permanent will the change be? Clergymen are renowned for ‘improving’ on the man before them. Every Pope sets…

Dear Editor, Regarding your article, ‘Archbishop still seeking clarification from nuns on abortion stance’ (IC 28/11/13), what has become of our Church in the face of the abortion onslaught when a prelate needs to engage in “ongoing” talks with a congregation of sisters towards clarifying their position on terminating the unborn? The facts as reported…