Does the Catholic Church have less right to lobby politicians than the Irish Farmers’ Association Pat Rabbitte seems to think so. Last week, Cardinal Seán Brady re-entered the abortion debate when he referred to the issue during an address delivered at the Edmund Rice Summer School. On Sunday on RTÉ’s This Week programme he was asked to...

Not for the first time, the research has come up with the findings that religion is good for your health. And especially mental health. Professor Dan Cohen, of the University of Missouri, has conducted a research project on religion and health and he concludes, using the very objective scientific language that “the mental health of people...

Brian Conway casually put me on one side of a divide in his article Division and renewal in the Irish Catholic house (IC 16/8/12).  He states, among other things, that there is a polarisation on priestly identity: mine is supposed to be a spiritual leadership separated from the laity. He also maintains that I believe “celibacy is a God-given...

Dear Editor, The poor old priests left are run off their feet. Soon they will all be gone unless something radical is done, and that soon. I cannot see the Church surviving, the way it is going. True, Christ promised never to abandon His Church. But what if we abandon Him These resurrected deacons are only a stopgap; we must have married priests...

Behind every great building and its architect there is a visionary patron. Someone who thinks big, takes risks, raises funds, and above all recognises the significance of architecture.” Dr Duncan StroikThe founders of the Catholic Thomas Aquinas College at Santa Paula, California, had decided that a beautiful church, worthy of the building’s...

Dear Editor, It was a sad day on Tuesday July 14 for Bohernabreena parish when we learned that our curate Fr David Fleming was being moved.  We feel very much we have the right to support our priest as the headline on The Irish Catholic (July 26) was just that: ‘Support your Priests – Archbishop Martin.’  We in Bohernabreena had great...

Dear Editor, With the Leaving Cert Results currently dominating the headlines now would be a good time to test the IQ of your local politician, Fine Gael, Labour and indeed Fianna Fail. If you put fruit, eggs and flour into a cake mixture, what do you get  A fruit cake. If you put two prominent pro-abortion advocates together with the...

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