Category: Letters

God’s call is being heard elsewhere

Dear Editor, For all that Pope Francis often talks of his wish for “a poorer Church”, I don’t know how many of us expected it to entail figures for religious orders as stark as those published in The Irish Catholic this week (IC 2/5/2019). Recurring stories of losses at Veritas along with declining weekly collections…

Questions about burial need answers

Dear Editor, David Quinn’s article on the latest Tuam interim report (‘How we buried our poor’ [IC 25/4/2019]) was genuinely eye-opening, providing vital context for thinking about ongoing reportage on Mother and Baby Homes. Lies and presumptions about Tuam have been around the world countless times at this stage, but it looks as if the…

Catholic charities must remain Catholic

Dear Editor, Archbishop Diarmuid Martin’s reminder that the Society of St Vincent de Paul should not neglect its identity is a vitally important one and something more of our charities would do well to heed. Pope Francis, after all, in his very first Mass as Pope cautioned us against becoming simply a “compassionate NGO”. It’s…

Easter came early for your readers

Dear Editor, It almost felt as if Easter has come a week early with this week’s copy of your paper (IC 11/4/2019). Fr Martin Browne’s article on   ‘Getting the most from the Easter Triduum’ spelled out perfectly just what we’ve been building up to these last few Lenten weeks and reminding us that we can…

Diaconate shows times have changed

Dear Editor, Dr Phyllis Zagano’s article on the female diaconate (IC 4/4/2019) invites some very serious questions, not just about the prospect of ordaining women as deacons but about the purpose of male deacons. If we are honest about this, it seems indisputable that there were indeed women deacons in the early Church, with confusion…

EU President’s important reminder

Dear Editor, It was refreshing to read how President Jean-Claude Juncker has spoken to the bishops of Europe about the role of Catholic Social Teaching in the European Union (IC 21/3/2019). Although Pontiff after Pontiff has spoken of this over the decades, including Pope Francis when addressing the European Parliament in Strasbourg a few years…

How will the deaf learn to listen?

Dear Editor, Many dioceses are engaging in ‘listening’ processes which on the face of it is commendable.  However, one must ask what qualities are required to “listen”? Surely no institution can embark on a successful ‘listening’ programme without (i) effectively addressing the reason for embarking on such a listening programme which does of course reflect…

Have we forgotten Benedict’s request?

Dear Editor, This coming St Joseph’s Day marks the ninth anniversary of Pope Benedict XVI’s Pastoral Letter to the Catholics of Ireland. That – along with his decision to hand-pick Archbishop Charles Brown as an active and energetic Nuncio – stands as a sign of his concern for the Irish Church. A re-reading of the letter…

Minister can speak up for the poorest

Dear Editor, Now that she has broken through the political ‘glass ceiling’ and commands publicity opportunities for her activities distributed from powerful media outlets such as the Fine Gael Press Office, I appeal to Minister Josepha Madigan to use her influence – particularly with the Taoiseach and her Government colleagues – to embrace and champion…