In a recent perceptive letter Jesuit theologian Fr Gerry O’Hanlon took up the issue of the so-called ‘dialogue of the deaf’ between secularists and religious believers in Ireland. “At a time,” Fr O’Hanlon wrote, “when our society is crying out for a concerted approach to the deep problems of inequality and...

It’s being suggested in a much-discussed new book by Kevin Meagher that one of the solutions to current political problems is – a united Ireland.In A United Ireland – Why Unification is Inevitable and How it Will Come About, the author, English but with Irish roots, suggests that it’s simply the most practical and sensible...

It is 10 years since the Irish bishops made their last ad limina visit to Rome. It will take place from January 15-25. Literally, an ad limina apostolorum means ‘to the threshold of the Apostles’. It is a pilgrimage to the tombs of Ss Peter and Paul but it is also an opportunity to meet with the Pope and senior officials at the...

Recently, while on the road giving a workshop, I took the opportunity to go the cathedral in a city for a Sunday Eucharist. I was taken aback by the homily. The priest used the Gospel text where Jesus says “I am the vine and you are the branches” to tell the congregation that what Jesus is teaching here is that the Roman Catholic...

Next week will see the inauguration of Donald J. Trump as the 45th president of the United States of America. Few could have predicted, even six months ago, that Mr Trump would defeat the Democrat candidate Hillary Clinton. In fact, I spent election results night at a party hosted by the wonderful US Ambassador to Ireland Kevin O’Malley...

The proposal to remove religion from the core curriculum of primary schools has been greeted by secularists as “a progressive step for Irish education” and “an acknowledgment of the value of fact-based learning”.Removing faith from the curriculum will, it is suggested, help to instruct young children in the discipline of...

One of the many things highlighted by the victory of Donald Trump in the US, and Brexit in the UK, is that a lot of people are sick and tired of political correctness. Those who are sick of it appear more likely to have voted for either Trump or Brexit. Those who broadly support political correctness were more likely to have voted against Trump...

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