During the time of the International Eucharistic Congress there were many references made to the similarities that exist between the Province of Quebec and the Republic of Ireland, particularly in relation to the parlous state of the Catholic Church.   An understandable comparison on many grounds.  After all Quebec and Ireland were...

Why do we send people to prison While books have been written about the objectives of imprisonment, most people have, understandably, a more limited understanding of imprisonment, namely the more offenders that are locked up, for the longest possible length of time, the safer the rest of us will be. Most of us have been a victim of crime at...

Pope Benedict XVI sits inside one of two all-electric minivans presented by French automaker Renault at the Vatican September 5. One is for use by the Pope and the other by the Vatican police force. The Italian electric company has also installed recharging stations in Vatican City and at the papal summer villa in Castel Gandolfo. Photo: CNS photo...

Nikos Kazantzakis once suggested that there are three kinds of souls and three kinds of prayers:I am a bow in your hands, Lord, draw me, lest I rot.Do not overdraw me, Lord, I shall break.Overdraw me, Lord, and who cares if I break!When I look at life, I also see three great struggles, not unlike those so poetically-named by Kazantzakis. And each...

Does the Catholic Church have less right to lobby politicians than the Irish Farmers’ Association Pat Rabbitte seems to think so. Last week, Cardinal Seán Brady re-entered the abortion debate when he referred to the issue during an address delivered at the Edmund Rice Summer School. On Sunday on RTÉ’s This Week programme he was asked to...

Not for the first time, the research has come up with the findings that religion is good for your health. And especially mental health. Professor Dan Cohen, of the University of Missouri, has conducted a research project on religion and health and he concludes, using the very objective scientific language that “the mental health of people...

Brian Conway casually put me on one side of a divide in his article Division and renewal in the Irish Catholic house (IC 16/8/12).  He states, among other things, that there is a polarisation on priestly identity: mine is supposed to be a spiritual leadership separated from the laity. He also maintains that I believe “celibacy is a God-given...

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