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Hate news is much worse. It kills.

The rapid expansion of online media in recent decades has brought about a lot of good. But in its wake it has also fuelled a new kind of commentary which is unsavoury and which is lethal. It has never been so easy to sit in front of a cup of tea and react instantly to […]

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Living in a disappearing priesthood

My historical sense of catholicism in Ireland, which I learned in school, was speckled with events that were depicted as reference points in Irish history. The Wild Geese, Cromwell, Fr Murphy of Boolavogue, Nano Nagle, Daniel O’Connell and Catholic Emancipation, the Great Famine and the soupers, the War of Independence, the Maynooth Mission to China, male and female […]

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The ‘sin’ of ‘religious interference’

“The Minister for Health has said there must be “no question of religious interference” with the new National Maternity Hospital.  Simon Harris made the statement after a protest was held outside the Department of Health in Dublin over the ownership of the new hospital, which is to be built on the campus of St Vincent’s Hospital.” [RTENews, Thursday, […]

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‘They’ve taken the Lord’

The women who were the first witnesses to the empty tomb and the Resurrection of Jesus summarised the situation in this way for the Apostles. “They have taken the Lord out of he tomb,” Mary said, “and we don’t know where they have put him.” Sadly, the same phrase applies today to a small church […]

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Life is an ocean, and the church is a boat

I’ve been doing a lot of twisting and turning in my mind of late, trying to describe accurately what it’s like being a priest in the Irish Catholic Church these days. The scriptures are loaded with images and parables but none seem to fit. Many pastoral letters from various popes paint more ideas and they […]

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The Holy See’s new directive on funerals and cremation

I heard a few minutes of two radio programmes today and both were dealing with funeral related topics! Then into my Facebook status comes an update from the Tablet magazine in London to tell me that the Vatican has issued a new directive about cremations and . Then the local undertaker calls to make plans […]

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When sport and faith compete

There are a lot of Sundays at Mass time when some truths may not be spoken out of fear of being devoured on social media or on a radio programme. So we tend to let obvious difficulties just slip by. One of these is the interplay between sport and the faith and worship life of […]

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In my opinion …

We are shocked when we are alerted to an atrocity such as the recent ones in France, Orlando, England or various other places where violence flares for no justifiable reason. But should we be shocked? Our culture supports the idea that conflict is the answer to a misunderstanding. If a citizen feels aggrieved, instead of […]

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