Dear Editor, Provocative is the best word I can use to describe Fr Seaver’s letter (IC 06/07/2017), which poses some interesting and much needed questions in respect of sacramental preparation in the Irish Church, including his outlandish suggestion that the Department of Education should take religion out of schools.Observing school...

Dear Editor, I was really impressed at the great crowd of people who attended the pro-life rally in Dublin recently. I was happy to be there myself too. The unborn are helpless and vulnerable, they have no voice, so we, as a Christian people have a solemn duty to do what we can to protect the unborn. I believe that pro-life groups should be set up...

Dear Editor, Abortion on demand is a bit like saying to an elderly family member with a disability, “We cannot look after you anymore, neither can we afford the outrageous nursing home fees, so, we have decided to book you in for a termination.”This analogy might seem a bit far-fetched now, but if abortion on demand is passed in this...

Dear Editor, At its best religious education should inculcate a true understanding of love. Love includes: kindness, unselfishness, genuine care for others, mercy, forgiveness, empathy, gratitude, generosity, true justice – and so many other noble qualities to which, at our human best, we aspire. Love can and must be taught in our...

Dear Editor, I disagree with Mary O’Brien (Letters IC 06/07/2017) when she says – “and so say all of us”. She was referring to five-minute sermons.She certainly does not speak for me. There are 168 hours in the week: is one hour too much to ask to spend with the Lord at Mass? It amazes me how people can stand for hours in...

Dear Editor, I was born in Ireland and educated in Ireland as a Catholic. I worked all my life as a consultant in South Africa. When I retired some years ago I reflected on the Ireland we have today. Catholicism and Christianity is very much on the wane. Indeed, in 10 years we will have a very small amount of believers as most young couples rarely...

Dear Editor, Abortion advocates are fond of claiming that Ireland’s abortion rate is the same as other countries. In reality, nothing could be further from the truth. Laws surrounding abortion are like every other law – they guide the public in letting them know what kinds of actions are deemed acceptable. The more...

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