The celebrity cook Nigella Lawson attracted much general sympathy - as well as widespread media reportage - during accusations in court by her ex-husband that she had used cocaine and behaved badly to her daughter. Iíve met Nigella and she is a nice person: her brother Dominic Lawson, for whom I have worked, is one of the most stalwart of pro-life...

At the end of November, the Mater Private Hospital announced they were axing 95 jobs citing the fact that 170,000 insurance policy holders have cancelled their cover since 2011 and the “further erosion of resources” in the sector due to the cap on tax relief on premiums over €1,000. The reduction in patient services in Mater...

Dear Editor, As Open Days in a variety of third-level colleges approach, prospective students and their parents would do well to familiarise themselves with the real ethos of these colleges and the values that are being promoted in them and not rely on college propaganda.For instance, St Patrick’s College, Drumcondra, which was established...

Dear Editor, As usual this week (7/11/13) I read The Irish Catholic and got a lot out of it. However I was surprised to read the letter from Margaret Ahearne denouncing relics. Her ignorance is appalling!The Church has venerated relics even from the time of the catacombs to give us hope in the work of the saints who have been followers of Christ...

Apart from a couple of honourable exceptions – such as David Quinn of this parish – I thought most commentators got the emphasis quite wrong about the two Roma children who were taken, albeit briefly, from their families in Athlone and Dublin by gardaí and the HSE.Much concern was expressed about the implicit racism behind the...

Pope Francis is uncategorisable. That is probably his greatest strength. One moment he is saying things that have people wondering if maybe he is a ‘liberal’, but the next he is displaying a very traditional type of piety, a totally unaffected devotion to the Virgin Mary for example.On the one hand when pressed about Church teachings...

Dear Editor, Fr Sean McDonagh celebrated St Columban in your issue of October 10, and rightly so. This was the time when the Irish were the saviours of Europe, because of the great work our missionaries did in Scotland, and in western Europe as a whole. It was not just that they brought the Faith there, but also because Catholicism engendered so...

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