Dear Editor, As well as seeking accountability and changes from the HSE are we going to see some accountability from the secular media in Ireland, who rushed to judgment in the aftermath of Savita Halappanavar’s death and propagated the line that Mrs Halappanavar died because she “was denied an abortion”? We now know, thanks to...

God writes straight with crooked lines. That axiom sounds clever, but is there real truth or depth to it? Can good ever really arise out of evil? Do love, truth, and justice ever work out through hatred, lies, and injustice? Do crooked lines really straighten?The answer to those questions will invariably be negative when we look at the surface of...

Oireachtas members are being asked to make the most important decision of their political careers. They are being asked to choose whether or not to permit deliberate State-sanctioned killing of unborn children.The Heads of the Protection of Life during Pregnancy Bill (2013) published by the Government last week would, if approved, make...

The St Patrick’s Day festivities on television including the greening of the Leaning Tower of Pisa, the Sydney Opera House and the London Eye, seemed strangely unrelated to the legacy of the man, who is said to have come here to County Antrim some 1,500 years ago.We live in Ballymena, a few miles from Sliabh Mis or Slemish mountain. It is a...

External appearances can easily fool us, and often do. That's true in every area of human life, and religion is no exception.Some years ago, I lived in a seminary for nearly two years with a young seminarian who, by all outward appearances, appeared to be the ideal candidate for priesthood and ministry. Intelligent, conscientious, prayerful,...

Dear Editor, Regarding your article, ‘Archbishop still seeking clarification from nuns on abortion stance’ (IC 28/11/13), what has become of our Church in the face of the abortion onslaught when a prelate needs to engage in “ongoing” talks with a congregation of sisters towards clarifying their position on terminating the...

"What were you expecting, lady?” asked the gun-toting Israeli soldier of the late Maeve Binchy. “A Renaissance table set for 13?” Maeve was visiting the bare church at the site of the Last Supper in Jerusalem and was stunned to find that it didn’t resemble what she had imagined. Her belief in the “special Irish...

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