Eamon MaherThis stimulating study by Jean Rohou, a recognised specialist of the 17th Century and someone with a solid grasp of the Bible and the history of Christianity, is not an opportunistic or facile critique of the Catholic Church. Although he is a self-confessed atheistic humanist, Rohou is well-disposed to many aspects of the Catholic...

Fr John Fahy was born on June 14, 1893 near Loughrea, Co. Galway.  He was educated at St Joseph’s College, Ballinasloe, trained at Maynooth, and ordained in September 1919.   Following ordination he went on loan to the diocese of Dunkeld.  There he served in two parishes in Dundee: St Joseph’s from 1919 to 1920 and St Andrews’s/Pro-...

Dr Christopher Moriarty About 2,200 years ago Qoheleth, the rather unhappy old preacher wrote in The Book of Ecclesiastes, “There is nothing new under the Sun”.  Reading this really brilliant book supports his view.  The Church today rails against the media and its alleged policy of subverting the faithful.  And so, Don O’Leary...

J. Anthony Gaughan This valuable collection ranges from Pearse’s theories on education, articulated in The Murder Machine, to his orations on great Irish leaders – Wolfe Tone, Robert Emmet and O’Donovan Rossa.  It also includes his three pamphlets: The Separatist Idea, The Spiritual Nation and The Sovereign People, issued just months before...

This very useful and practical pocket-sized handbook was put together by the late Fr Seán Swayne, who died in May 1996. It was written while he was secretary of the Irish Episcopal Liturgical Commission, which did so much to refresh what happens in church.  His book offers a ready resource for use at the whole range of occasions on which a...

The not unexpected triumph in a California court of Apple over Samsung  –  the affair has different outcomes elsewhere -  has focussed the attention of the world on a problem that faces all users of modern technology and the media their sport. Competition is extoled, but when it becomes to strong  the businessmen resort to the...

Memoirs, by William Rees-Mogg (Harper Press, €16.40 / £12.99) Peter Hegarty William Rees-Mogg is one of Britain’s most prominent Catholics, and has been at the heart of its public life for six decades.  His memoirs are rich in descriptions of the people he has known, and the changes he has witnessed and effected. He was at his most...

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