Category: Letters

Young Irish have so much to contend with

Dear Editor, I read St Vincent de Paul’s plea to the Government regarding the cost of living crisis with despair. Not that the charity was causing me woe in terms of the content of their suggestions – all of which were worthwhile and positive – but that the Government seems to struggle to get anything…

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Being unmarried does not mean being out of touch

Dear Editor, Below is an extensive quote from an article in The Irish Catholic, June 16, 2022 [‘Clear call’ for married priests from Irish synod participants]: “The value that underlines the desire is a ‘belief that a married clergy dealing daily with family issues, would be in a better position to understand and deal with…

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Is the homophobia charge against the Church justified?

Dear Editor, So the Church needs to change with regard to its obvious discrimination towards LGBT people? This charge is levelled against the Church without any specificity about the nature of this discrimination. So is this charge of a ‘homophobic’ Church justified? Is it not Church teaching that the homosexual person should be accepted with…

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What does a change of Church ownership mean?

Dear Editor, One hears repeated reference to the notion of change of ownership of the Church. As written some commentary proposes to wrest the ownership from the ordained ministry and give it to the laity. However, one petition in the Sacrifice of the Mass, to wit, “look not on our sins but on the faith…

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A spiritual revolution for the elderly

Dear Editor, Anyone who has been following the live streaming of Masses during the pandemic and after, could not fail to have noticed that not only are many of the priests elderly, but almost without exception, regular congregations are made up of elderly men and women. Pope Francis is challenging us to look to the…

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Society urgently needs continuous influence of the Church

Dear Editor, The recent discussion on the proposed new maternity hospital, planned for the grounds of St Vincent’s University (general) Hospital, needs serious critical analysis. Apart from specific issues in relation to the project, there was a strong undertone calling for the ‘liberation of Irish society’ from the influence of religion-based morality in public services.…

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Failing to follow medical science with the NMH

Dear Editor, I find it unbelievable that media commentators and politicians are objecting to the words “clinically appropriate” in the constitution for the new National Maternity Hospital. Seriously, are we proposing that this State sponsored maternity hospital carry out ‘clinically inappropriate procedures’ even ones leading to fatal consequences? There is a word for deliberately killing…

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Too much to expect gratitude?

Dear Editor, In all the hullabaloo around the proposed new National Maternity Hospital (NMH), the entire thrust of most mainstream media commentary is an obsession to ensure that a key part of the work of the maternity hospital will be ending the lives of the most vulnerable human beings – unborn children. The Religious Sisters…

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We have to keep telling the truth

Dear Editor, I agree wholeheartedly with your Editor’s Comment about what Ireland can learn from the pro-life community in the United States (The Irish Catholic, May 5, 2022). It is not at all clear to me what in fact the US Supreme Court will do in terms of the notorious Roe V Wade case that…

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