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...

Pope Francis has called an extraordinary synod of the Church to take place next year in Rome. It is only the third such synod since the end of the Second Vatican Council. The theme of the synod is ‘The Pastoral Challenges of the Family in the Context of Evangelisation’.One of the big questions the synod will examine is whether...

We have just seen a campaign for Mental Health Week, which will surely be a help and a support to anyone experiencing the affliction of depression, or of conditions like bi-polar disorder. These illnesses can be treated, and there should be no cause for shame or stigma.But sometimes such campaigns fail to distinguish between depression and...

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