Bro. Conor McDonoughPicture the scene: a mid-20th-Century crowd of Irish emigrants in a newsagent’s after Mass. They all rush to buy the ‘Irish papers’ to find out what the important people in Dublin are doing and how the metropolis views the provinces. Then in walks a Monaghan eccentric. He has notions, so maybe he’s above...

Fr Brian D’Arcy was in rueful mood when he reflected, on The Late Late Show that - “Nobody put a gun to my head and said, ‘you must be a priest’. In fact everybody said to me ‘you shouldn’t be a priest’. But I would have been a far better priest had I married.”Such reflections are just part of the...

In the devastating report on the handling of abuse allegations against priests in the Dublin archdiocese, Judge Yvonne Murphy identified a clear pattern. The avoidance of scandal and the protection of the reputation of the Church were paramount concerns. Again and again, children and their families were let down by an establishment intent on...

A young relation of mine in Germany was in touch with me last week saying how much everyone, it seems, in that country really, really dislikes Donald Trump. Although he is no fan of Mr T, the constant disparagement is all getting a bit repetitious.Everyone this side of the Atlantic seems to dislike and disparage President Trump, too: Irish women,...

The idea that you can gather 100 people together over a number of weekends and that they will come to independent conclusions that are better than those arrived at by elected representatives is an interesting one. It probably reveals the low level of trust in elected representatives rather than any faith in a Citizens’ Assembly, as Dr Eoin O...

Seamus MulconryNo Catholic school wishes to exclude any child from the benefits of a Catholic education. In almost 95% of our schools, we take everyone who applies. Our schools are welcoming and diverse, dedicated to the full development of the child and not to indoctrination. The school that my child attends is a pretty good example. It...

In respect of denominational schools, Education Minister, Richard Bruton is following in the path of his two immediate Labour predecessors, Jan O’Sullivan and Ruairi Quinn. That is to say, he is investigating ways of reducing the influence of the Churches over our education system, especially at primary school level.That influence, it should...

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