Category: Opinion

The celebrity cook Nigella Lawson attracted much general sympathy – as well as widespread media reportage – during accusations in court by her ex-husband that she had used cocaine and behaved badly to her daughter. Iíve met Nigella and she is a nice person: her brother Dominic Lawson, for whom I have worked, is one…

The weekly news magazine Time was forced into an embarrassing clarification this week. By the time you read this, the magazine – which circulates more than 3 million copies per week – will have announced their ‘Person of the Year’. Among the short-listed candidates was, unsurprisingly, Pope Francis. Now, few could argue that since his…

Dear Editor, We have only to read the New Testament to see that its teaching never justifies the gratuitous exclusion of people from membership of the gathering of believers that we call the Christian Church. That is not the way in which Jesus behaved; nor should his followers. Cardinal William Levada had no right to…

Dear Editor, After reading last year that Pope Benedict XVI (now Emeritus) was encouraging everyone to read the Catechism during the Year of Faith, I saw an article in The Irish Catholic giving details of a website where people could sign up to receive daily emails with a question from the Catechism with commentary. For…

Dear Editor, Regarding Andrew O’Connell’s remark concerning the Year of Faith (IC 28/11/13), I do not agree with him that “many people have lost faith in the possibility of God”. Many people have left the institutional Church but they still have a strong faith – they know God has not failed them and won’t. They…