Category: Letters

No activity is more essential than Mass

Dear Editor, I was dismayed to read that NPHET’s reason for their recommendation that public worship should not continue [during level 3 restrictions], accepted by our government, was to decrease contacts in areas that, as a society, are relatively speaking in the context of a pandemic, less important. As a Catholic, I most strongly disagree…

Dying with dignity bill is a ‘Trojan horse’

Dear Editor, It is ironic that the so-called Dying with Dignity bill was introduced into the Dáil during palliative care week. Several professionals from the hospice and palliative care sector have warned that this bill is a ‘Trojan horse’ which will ruin our current gold standard of end of life care, where the patient, family…

A difficult journey from the head to the heart

Dear Editor, I would like to congratulate you on the publication of the article [IC 25/06/2020] by Dr Noel Keating. Dr Keating begins his study by making a brief reference to Thomas Merton or Fr Louis, which was the name given to him in ordination as a Trappist monk in Gethsemani, Kentucky, US.  Merton was…

Abortion isn’t the only issue in US election

Dear Editor, As someone Irish now living in the United States I feel the call to enter the debate over the US Presidential election that has been raised recently in your columns. If indeed abortion was the only issue at stake in the election, a Catholic would have no option but to vote Republican and…

Bishop Dempsey: seizing the moment to evangelise

Dear Editor, I was delighted to read in your issue of September 3 of the episcopal ordination of Fr Paul Dempsey. Although not from Newbridge, I attended a christening in his parish church a short while back and was inspired by the way in which Fr Dempsey delivered his homily on the importance of faith…

Praying to Our Lady of Guadalupe in ‘haven of peace’

Dear Editor, Our Lady of Guadalupe was responsible for the conversion of Mexico to Catholicism following on her apparitions to a shepherd boy, Juan Diego, which started on December 1, 1531. As a result, Mexico became Catholic, thus snuffing out the practice of human sacrifice which was prevalent amongst the tribes of that country. Abortion…

Need to respect Church authority

Dear Editor, I cannot be alone in noticing a worrisome phenomenon amongst some people who describe themselves as Catholics to reject and denigrate all legitimate authority within the life of the Church. This used to be a phenomenon exclusive to those who would view themselves on the ‘left’ of the Church rejecting such teachings as…