Dear Editor, The time has finally come to take a stand and organise a concerted campaign to boycott the ‘likes’ of The Irish Times and The Sunday Times due to their anti-Catholic editorial bias, journalistic imbalance, and their very obvious pro-abortion stance. The impetus for such a strategy could come from the various pro-life...

Dear Editor, David Quinn writes about the ‘anything goes’ sexual morality of teenagers today. But it’s not just standards of sexual morality that have fallen. Irish moral standards in general have collapsed. I lost my mobile phone today, and I am distraught. It’s not just that the phone contained irreplaceable...

Dear Editor, This is a response to a general tendency I notice in much I read in The Irish Catholic. Many articles focus on the challenges to the Church, lack of vocations, the Faith not being passed onto our children, Church law not being upheld, what we do in the aftermath of the sexual abuse scandals. The list could go on. Yet there seems to be...

Dear Editor, A Sunday news story said that anonymous reports claimed that parish priests had “pilloried” TDs from the pulpit and challenged others directly and refused Communion because they voted for the abortion law. Mr M Long, spokesman for the bishops’  conference, said there was no diktat issued. Unfortunate all round....

An encyclical was originally a circular letter sent to all the churches of a particular area in the ancient Catholic Church. At that time, the word could be used for a letter sent out by any bishop. For the modern Catholic Church an encyclical is a letter, usually treating some aspect of Catholic doctrine, sent by the Pope and addressed either to...

Here’s a recipe for overinterpretation: start with intense public fascination with a new Pope and add a basic lack of substantive movement on matters of policy and personnel. Sprinkle in the coincidence of the new regime reaching its 100-day mark and mix with a slow news cycle.Two stories in the Italian press over the weekend nicely...

‘Bless me Father, for I have sinned” is a phrase I remember repeating consistently before my first confession until it became an almost hypnotic mantra, for fear I would get tongue tied prior to rattling off rote learned ‘sins’ to the parish priest. “I took the Lord’s name in vain” was first up, followed closely by “I dishonoured my father and my...

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