Category: Opinion

Dear Editor, Since the election of Pope Francis I have noticed a tendency on the part of some to downplay the important contribution made to the Church by Pope Benedict XVI. It's as if they believe that during his eight years he was out of touch with the 'common man and woman in the street';…

Dear Editor, Archbishop Diarmuid Martin seems to have the Catholic press firmly in his sight given his recent criticism. It is odd that he didn’t reserve some of his criticism for The Irish Times – a newspaper which published a report on an ‘abortion’ that it was later grudgingly forced into accepting never actually happened.…

Dear Editor, In its enthusiasm to get The Protection of Life during Pregnancy Act 2013 off the ground, The Irish Times front page headline (First abortion carried out under new legislation, The Irish Times, August 23) proved to be previous resulting in an inner page apology.       Despite the restrictive nature of the Act, over…

Dear Editor, I read rave reports about this Poor Clares religious book Calm the Soul. It is available at Easons. I found it, in expensively printed paper at €21.95. Being an octogenarian religious, I couldn’t afford it. I wondered why it wasn’t printed on paper-back and made available at an affordable price to suit the…

Dear Editor, Fr McGillicuddy’s letter in last week’s Irish Catholic (IC 19/09/13) should provide useful food for thought for those who may have doubts about the existence of God. Similarly, an open-minded study of the Miracle of the Sun in Fatima on October 13, 1917 can help non-believers. In recent years Gunther Stolz, a German scientist who…

The fact that peace is more than the absence of war is so self-evident it hardly seems worthwhile pointing out. Nevertheless, the truism bears repeating in the particular context of the Northern peace process.   By any objective measure the 1998 Good Friday Agreement and the ceasefires that precipitated the accord have been a stunning…

Open debate and free discourse are healthy, so maybe it’s good that we are witnessing “rebel priests”, such as Fr Iggy O’Donovan, Fr Gerard Moloney, Fr Tony Flannery and Fr Brian D’Arcy making their opinions known, even when this invites Vatican disapproval.   I am not sure if the correct word really is “silenced”, since…

"Home is where we start from.” T.S. Eliot wrote that and it describes an experience that can be felt both as a freedom and as a heartache. I cite my own case:   I grew up in a second-generation immigrant community on the Canadian prairies. My grandparents’ generation had been the first settlers in that…

Before the papal election Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio hadn’t given a thought to what name he would choose if he was elected Pope. The very idea hadn’t even entered his mind. Even immediately after his election he still hadn’t thought what name to choose. Then a good friend of his, Cardinal Claudio Hummes, Archbishop Emeritus of Sao…