Our society tends to divide us up into winners and losers. Sadly, we don’t often reflect on how this affects our relationships with each other, nor on what it means for us as Christians. What does it mean? In essence, that our relationships with each other tend are too-charged with competition and jealousy because we are too-infected...

Bro. Conor McDonoughPicture the scene: a mid-20th-Century crowd of Irish emigrants in a newsagent’s after Mass. They all rush to buy the ‘Irish papers’ to find out what the important people in Dublin are doing and how the metropolis views the provinces. Then in walks a Monaghan eccentric. He has notions, so maybe he’s above...

Fr Brian D’Arcy was in rueful mood when he reflected, on The Late Late Show that - “Nobody put a gun to my head and said, ‘you must be a priest’. In fact everybody said to me ‘you shouldn’t be a priest’. But I would have been a far better priest had I married.”Such reflections are just part of the...

Neutrality in Ireland is a morally charged concept, both for supporters and critics. For supporters, it is a principled stance to avoid becoming embroiled in armed conflict and military alliances and to support the peaceful resolution of disputes. For critics, it is an evasion of responsibility and taking a free ride behind serious defence...

One of the issues that has given rise to the very strong possibility of an abortion referendum in the next year or two is that of unborn babies diagnosed with a life-limiting disability, also known as a ‘fatal foetal abnormality’, even though this is not a medical term.It strikes many people as unreasonable that a woman who is told her...

In the devastating report on the handling of abuse allegations against priests in the Dublin archdiocese, Judge Yvonne Murphy identified a clear pattern. The avoidance of scandal and the protection of the reputation of the Church were paramount concerns. Again and again, children and their families were let down by an establishment intent on...

A young relation of mine in Germany was in touch with me last week saying how much everyone, it seems, in that country really, really dislikes Donald Trump. Although he is no fan of Mr T, the constant disparagement is all getting a bit repetitious.Everyone this side of the Atlantic seems to dislike and disparage President Trump, too: Irish women,...

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