Dear Editor, Secular anti-Catholic bigotry is a fact of current Irish political and media discourse. The Catholic Church courageously opposed abortion of babies in the womb so pro-abortion and anti-eighth-amendment attackers demonise and denigrate pro-life Catholics and Catholicism, media-aided every chance they get.The vicious anti-Catholic...

Dear Editor, Perhaps it’s time for all Christians to unite as Christ intended when the first Christians were formed.All over the world there are hundreds of fragmented Christian groups, which are sadly, sometimes at war with one another.Christians are being murdered daily in many countries, but our governments cast a blind eye and fails to...

Dear Editor, The recent slew of terrorist attacks and a major fire in Britain must be leaving people there wondering what’s gone so horribly wrong and asking themselves just what they’ve done to deserve such tragedy.The answer, if there is one right answer, is that they have not done anything to deserve it. It is life, it happens or it...

I’m a great admirer of temperance movements and the positive message they have to impart: you can have the greatest fun without getting plastered. Not only can you enjoy life to the fullest – you can even remember what you enjoyed!And yet I also learned from a tolerant point made by Alcoholics Anonymous: most normal people can partake...

Bríd SmithThe Irish Catholic (June 8, 2017) reports me speaking during Dáil statements on the Mother and Baby Homes on June 1 as saying that the Church should be put in the dustbin. This was taken from the official report of Dáil proceedings as published on the website of the Houses of the Oireachtas.However, I was not quoted accurately in the...

Political rhetoric is becoming more and more divisive, more and more extreme. Mere disagreement is becoming rarer. What’s become commonplace is hurling anathema at those you disagree with. It’s not merely that a person is wrong, it’s that they must be wicked because they are wrong.In the field of religion, intense disagreements,...

Charity is about being good-hearted, but justice is about something more. Individual sympathy is good and virtuous, but it doesn’t necessarily change the social, economic and political structures that unfairly victimise some people and unduly privilege others. We need to be fair and good of heart, but we also need to have fair and good...

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