The issue of Medjugorje can be a divisive one within the Church; anyone who works in the Catholic media will tell you that.Those who are devotees understandably feel passionate about the issue. Lots of Irish people have gone to the village and had enriching spiritual experiences there, some people also speak of healing attributed to the...

I'm back in Australia after two months in Europe, including Ireland. I find it difficult to overestimate the rate and depth of change I witnessed and the collapse of a phase of the Church's life that is currently underway. Throughout the world, but particularly in Ireland, the sense of the end of an era that delivered the largest growth in...

He made much of the time he was givenBrenda DrummI met Fr Martin Clarke for the first time at my interview for the job of Communications Officer with the Catholic Communications Office (CCO) back in the summer of 2000. I was nervous about the interview panel but he immediately put me at ease. I came to learn this was one of his many human...

The mainstream media has become very worried about the amount of pornography available online – especially since a younger generation, highly skilled with technology, can access it so easily. It has been known for children as young as eight to download the most disturbing pornographic images – on their smartphones.Boys, particularly,...

Each autumn for the past five years I’ve headed north to the Drumalis Retreat Centre in Larne to give a talk to the final year students from Assumption Grammar School, Ballynahinch, Co. Down.The students come for an overnight retreat before the busyness of their exam year gets underway. The trip to Drumalis is a chance for them to pause for...

What are we ultimately, saints or sinners? What’s deepest inside us, goodness or selfishness? Or, are we dualists with two innate principles inside us, one good and one evil, in a perpetual dual with each other?Certainly, at the level of experience, we feel a conflict. There’s a saint inside us who wants to mirror the greatness of life...

Dublin Mid-West Fine Gael TD Derek Keating sounded genuinely surprised this week that his role as a Eucharistic Minister was at odds with his public stance in favour of abortion.Mr Keating took to the airwaves to say he was informed by his parish priest that he should discontinue his role in the parish because of his support for Enda Kenny’s...

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