Marriage equality has been a hot topic in the news recently, particularly since the US Supreme Court’s ruling last week forcing the federal government to recognise same-sex marriages in states where it is legal and paving the way for it in California.The US Supreme Court’s decision marked a “tragic day for marriage” in the...

After Mother Teresa died, her diaries revealed something that shocked many people, namely, during the last 60 years of her life, from age 27 until she died at age 87, she struggled to imagine that God existed and had no affective experience of either the person or the existence of God. Yet, during all those years, everything in her life incarnated...

Counting the numbers of people at Mass and religious vocations can sometimes be seen as a crude measure of the vitality of the Church, but the fact remains: parishes depend on growth for long-term sustainability.The five-yearly State census offer useful statistics on the number of Irish people who describe themselves as Catholic, while polls -...

Catholic Schools Week is an important initiative and indeed one of the most successful initiatives of the Catholic Church in Ireland over recent years. It is an initiative which came at the right time.This is a great moment for education in Ireland. It is a moment of ferment. It is one of those rare moments in which Irish society is taking a...

This is the first time I’ve picked up the pen since the death of Tom O’Gorman. Tributes have already been paid on the pages of this paper but it is difficult to write with much energy on any other topic this week.The death of a friend is a difficult thing but when that comes about by murder, the shock has another dimension. Added to...

This article is inspired by the Apostle Peter’s exhortation to offer “an account of the hope that is in you” (I Peter 3:15). Fundamental questions continue to be asked by people inside and outside the Church, such as: ‘Why believe?’  ‘Jesus?’ ‘Why is the world the way it is?’ ‘What...

Death comes in many forms, but in the normal course of things when someone close to us dies it is because they have reached old age. Anything short of old age is always a tragedy. But when someone dies in an extremely brutal, inexplicable murder, it is very hard to contemplate or to take in.Tom O’Gorman was a very loyal employee of The Iona...

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