The Holy Father – who is 85 - has had some very sweet words to say about the experience of being old. He told a group of elderly Romans that “it’s beautiful to be old” and that they still have so much to offer society. It’s pleasing to hear the Pope make this point, since one so often hears the opposite opinion – that it’s awful to be old. I have...

Liturgy, the primary subject of Sacrosanctum Concilium, is the work of the people in praising God, and it is the liturgy through which, especially in the divine sacrifice of the Eucharist, the work of our redemption is accomplished.  According to this document, Christ is always present in his Church, especially during liturgical celebrations...

Imagine being born blind and living into adulthood without ever having seen light and colour. Then, through some miraculous operation, doctors are able to give you sight. What would you feel immediately upon opening your eyes? Wonder? Bewilderment? Ecstasy?  Pain? Some combination of all of these? We now know the answer to that question....

Beneath the humbug, it has long been obvious that the purpose of a ‘children’s rights’ amendment is not to give rights to children but to disable the constitutional protections currently available to families and enable the State to gain ultimate control over the lives of Irish children. This amendment is the outcome not of a genuine scrutiny of...

The seemingly unending sequence of increasingly grotesque revelations about Jimmy Savile that have followed in the wake of ITV’s 3 October broadcast of Exposure: The Other Side of Jimmy has been sickening, but distressing though these stories have been, they give us an opportunity to face the reality of abuse that we would be foolish to surrender...

Of the 16 conciliar documents that were approved by the bishops, four documents in particular stand out among the rest as ‘Dogmatic Constitutions’. These are documents of the highest possible caliber amongst all official Magisterial teaching, demanding full, unconditional assent of both intellect and will by all the faithful.  The four...

We live with too much fear of God. This has many faces, from the superstitious fear of the naive, to the legalistic fear of the over-scrupulous, to the intellectual fear of the very sophisticated. In the end, we all struggle to believe that God is the last person of whom we need to be afraid. But in our own ways, we all struggle with fear of God...

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