Category: Letters

Dear Editor, Dr John Murray is being totally unfair to Pope Francis (‘Pope Francis and the common good’, IC Letters 3/10/13). Long ago the Church in Ireland was not forthright enough in speaking of social justice and the right of men and women to a living wage. Pope Francis does not minimise the importance of…

Dear Editor, As well as seeking accountability and changes from the HSE are we going to see some accountability from the secular media in Ireland, who rushed to judgment in the aftermath of Savita Halappanavar’s death and propagated the line that Mrs Halappanavar died because she “was denied an abortion”? We now know, thanks to…

Dear Editor, I had the privilege of attending, along with many tens of thousands of eager pilgrims, Pope Francis’ Audience on September 25 in St Peter’s Square. The focus of Pope Francis catechesis was the unity of the Church. Unity in faith, in hope, in charity, in the sacraments and the ministry, are “like the…

Dear Editor, Those of us who have to endure the arrogance and contempt from our dictatorial Government, autocratic Taoiseach, and their servant backbenchers who forced through The Protection of Life During PregnancyAct despite vehement opposition have had their say in the Seanad referendum. Of course the Seanad needs reform but that can wait for another…

Dear Editor, I deplore the abortion legislation recently passed by the Dáil. I applaud the work of the Pro Life Campaign, the Life Institute and others for mobilising such impressive numbers in opposition to the law. The way we approach the next phase of the campaign will determine whether or not the law is overturned…

Dear Editor, The Department of Education has recently invited submissions regarding the teaching of religion in primary schools. Reading the document on the department's website it is clear that unless we make our views known to them before November 22, we are likely to see significant changes in our primary schools in regard to: the…

Dear Editor, The great apostle Paul, whilst imprisoned – whilst in chains – in Rome, could well have thrown in the towel in a state of despair. But no: instead, he exhorted his people – the people of God – to "Rejoice in the Lord always: again, I say, Rejoice." (Phil. 4:4). Many generations later,…

Dear Editor, The decision of the Mater Hospital to comply with the Government’s abortion legislation is regrettable.  The statement issued by the hospital does not make it clear whether the decision was taken by the hospital authorities or if the governance structures of the Irish Sisters of Mercy were a party to this decision.  In…

Dear Editor, I’m sure that I’m not the only one who is totally baffled and shocked at the news that the Mater Hospital has agreed to carry out abortions in keeping with the Government’s legislation, the Protection of Life During Pregnancy Act. Recently, Fr Kevin Doran said that the Mater Hospital could not carry out…

Dear Editor, Suppose that Pope Francis had said in his now-famous interview that Catholics should stop obsessing about social justice issues, such as combating poverty and discrimination and war, and instead preach the Gospel of mercy. There would have been a fierce outcry. And rightly so. Does the Pope not realise, people would have said,…