The purpose of the World Meeting of Families in Dublin in August 2018 is to fully present the teaching of Amoris Laetitia, the apostolic exhortation on love in the family, of Pope Francis. In the midst of certain controversies since its publication in April 2016, it is often forgotten that it was written after, and consequent upon two Synods of...

The word “Protestant” is generally misunderstood. Martin Luther’s protest that led to the Protestant reformation was not, in fact, a protest against the Roman Catholic Church; properly understood, it was a protest for God. God, in Luther’s view, was being manipulated to serve human and ecclesial self-interest. His protest...

Fr Vincent SherlockHe pulled in to get petrol. The back seat of his car was filled with bits and pieces from his home – the bits, over and above, what the van had taken away earlier that day. The young petrol attendant, seeing the packed car said: “Are you the new man?” The priest, telling the story afterwards, told us...

I wish some bright young writer – or some bright older writer, indeed – would produce a book on the theme of ‘The Strange Death of the SDLP’. The collapse of the Social Democratic and Labour Party in Northern Ireland is one of the major electoral events, surely, of 2017. It also seems to be one of the most unexplained...

When St John Paul II visited Ireland in 1979, Derry’s Bishop Donal McKeown recalled this week, he said that each generation “is like a new continent to be conquered for Christ”.It’s hard to avoid the conclusion that efforts at conquest have been lacking – or at least unsuccessful – for those generations who have...

A Continental European friend remarked to me that “Ireland is much more European than Britain – I’ve found that the Irish are much more at ease with their Continental neighbours than the British.”If this is true, it is in no small measure due to the deposit of culture built up over the centuries between Irish culture and...

Very few readers of The Irish Catholic will be watching season three of Twin Peaks, I suspect. It’s not on one of the main channels and it has only a cult following because its content is too surreal for most tastes. But in one recent episode we were taken back to the first test of an atomic bomb in the New Mexico desert. The director, David...

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