Every Republican president since and including Richard Nixon, with the possible exception of the first President Bush, has caused huge controversy. Even before Watergate, Nixon was a controversial figure, in no small part because the US was embroiled in the Vietnam War, an entanglement begun under President Kennedy. Reagan was...

One of the dangers inherent in trying to live out a life of Christian fidelity is that we are prone to become embittered moralisers, older brothers of the prodigal son, angry and jealous at God’s over-generous mercy, bitter because persons who wander and stray can so easily access the heavenly banquet table.But this isn’t unique to...

France is facing arguably its most unpredictable election in decades. The hugely-unpopular Socialist President François Hollande has declined to run for a second term after his approval rating with the electorate slumped to just 4%.France, it seems, is eager for change. And in the turbulent world that gave us Britain’s exit from the European...

The French novelist and essayist, Leon Bloy, once made this comment about God’s power in our world: “God seems to have condemned himself until the end of time not to exercise any immediate right of a master over a servant or a king over a subject. We can do what we want. He will defend himself only by his patience and his beauty....

Social Protection Minister Leo Varadkar rebuked the Taoiseach at the weekend after Enda Kenny hinted that Fine Gael might be prepared to enter government with Sinn Féin.“In politics,” Mr Varadkar said, “you have to make compromises to get things done but if you don’t have red lines, then you stand for nothing.”It got...

Considering that so many Irish people vehemently object to the policies of President Donald Trump – especially towards migrants – should Taoiseach Enda Kenny cancel the usual trip to Washington to present the traditional bowl of Shamrock on St Patrick’s Day? Here’s a dilemma much mooted in the public realm. Perhaps...

It has now been confirmed that Enda Kenny did indeed intervene with Pope Francis when he visited him recently on behalf of a number of priests disciplined by the Vatican, including Fr Tony Flannery. This raises an obvious question: why did the Taoiseach feel this was any of this business? He was meeting the Pope as Taoiseach. He was only there...

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