Category: Opinion

Dear Editor, Tom O’Gorman is a tremendous loss to the intellectual fabric of our country. He was a highly educated, religious, peaceful and very good humoured man who did crucial work for, among others, The Iona Institute and the Pro-Life Campaign, behind the scenes and never sought the limelight. I first encountered Tom O’Gorman when…

Dear Editor, Reading the Book Reviews (IC 9/1/14) it was good to see Peter Costello discuss the new book Unheard Story: Dublin Archdiocese and the Murphy Report. It is very important that we all read it carefully to further understand how the Church comes under unjust fire in this Report and by many of the media and…

The Church’s declaration on religious freedom Dignitatis Humanae teaches that to be human, “man’s response to God in faith must be free: no one therefore is to be forced to embrace the Christian faith against his own will”. “God calls men to serve him in spirit and in truth,” the document continues, “hence they are…

Dear Editor, Mary Brien’s letter (IC 16/1/14) raises interesting questions about the desirability of Catholic schools opening on Holy Days. As a former Catholic secondary school principal it was my responsibility to advise our board of management on school holidays. With the support of the Catholic school community, which we served, our school always opened…

Dear Editor, I was interested to read David Quinn’s piece ‘Why the Church cannot be all inclusive’ (IC 2/1/14). I’d like to take up two points in relation to his thoughts: 1.That “horrible and impossible to contemplate turn of events” that he fears, has already taken place. The fact is that God Himself is ‘pro-choice’…

Dear Editor, Regarding ‘The Francis effect bringing people back to the Church (IC 14/11/13), the impact of Pope Francis on Catholics and non-Catholics alike has been heart-warming, impressive and very positive. I would be concerned, however, that the religious practice of a considerable number of ‘returned’ Catholics appears to be based on the personality of one man.…