Category: Opinion

Trouble beyond the terraces

  Is Scotland unwilling to face its sectarianism, asks Paul Keenan Next week, the Scottish parliament will vote on the proposed offensive behaviour at football and threatening communications (Scotland) bill, following a month-long debate on the best legislative response to the issue of sectarianism in the country. Backed by the majority Scottish National Party, which…

Seeds of disharmony

  Is it wise to genetically tamper with the crops we grow, asks Prof. William Reville It is quite likely that Roundup is the herbicide that is best known to readers of this column. Roundup is widely used worldwide in agriculture and gardening to control weeds. But weeds are far from helpless in the face…

Problematic missal changes hinder future

  Problematic missal changes hinder future   The new translation of the Missal is symptomatic of a wider shift away from collegiality in the Church, writes Fr John Mannion What we have been given in the new translation of the Roman Missal is an awkward, Latinised English in the name of ‘renewal’. This is very…

Where to for Irish Catholicism in 2012?

Eamon Maher   The year 2011 continued the painful decline of the Catholic Church in Ireland. The publication of the Cloyne Report was followed by an unprecedented attack on the Vatican by the newly elected Taoiseach — and practicing Catholic — Enda Kenny. For the leader of the Fine Gael party to claim that the…

Some personal highlights of 2011

Perhaps, like Dickens, we will say it was the worst of years, but it was the best of years too, for like every other year it was mixed in blessings and in worries. But, some leaves from my diary remembering interesting experiences of the year In February, I visited Cambridge at the invitation of Professor…

Signposts of life

Fr Chris Hayden on searching for a destination for Ireland   Remember when the M50 was being widened? Remember the national running commentary on the traffic chaos that arose from what was, metaphorically, an attempt to service an aircraft while it was flying. Some of the chaos was probably avoidable, and the pandemonium that prevailed…

The God who is revealed in Christmas

  Christmas is God’s answer to human longing, God’s response to the centuries of prayers that lay hidden in our groaning, our sighs, our frustrations, and our religious efforts, each of them a plea, mostly silent, for a divine intervention, all of them asking God to come and rid the world of injustice and our…