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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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RTE’s selective and taxing report

When a news outlet omits key pieces of information from its report, it may reasonably be accused of spin, at best, or mischief, at worst. In my opinion, a report carried all day today on TV, radio and internet by RTE falls into this category. The report begins with: “Eight of Ireland’s most affluent schools received […]

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If Rome had guns, they’re certaintly turned on Ireland now

A number of events in the past few days seem to justify my headline. The background is that many people in Ireland, especially media commentators believe that the Holy Father and church leadership generally have been slow to respond to the ‘crisis’ in the Irish Church. There is a fear, of course, that Ireland is […]

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Lesson from church and diocese history

I came across a Church Directory which was published in 1921 (90 years ago) and it lists all the parishes and clergy of the dioceses of Ireland. Cork and Ross were listed separately, then, and without counting any priests who belonged to religious orders or missionary societies, there were 174 priests in service in the […]

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Ash Wednesday and Lent are upon us

Thanks be to God for the lengthening days and the nicer weather we have enjoyed this past week! Spring is truly in the air. And with the blooms of daffodils and greener fields and gardens comes the arrival of our season of preparation for Easter. It’s later than usual this year, but today is Ash […]

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Life can be confusing enough …

… without the news media complicating things for us! The Catholic Church featured in news media a few times again this week. And with the usual mixture of fact and fiction. Some media reported that a new version of the prayers of the Mass is to be launched this year. And this is true. But […]

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All Saints Church: reflections on the heart of the place

Walking through the parish church amid scaffold and plastic sheeting is a strange experience. I rambled through Drimoleague’s parish church of All Saints recently when I called to see how the refurbishment work was progressing. The church that I prayed in most days on my way home from the nearby school and where my family […]

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Future of Church rests in faith and commitment of parishioners

Uncertainties give us all food for thought. Sadly, for many people, the thought of being without a secure income has become reality. Many people have had to change their plans, postpone dreams and lower expectations. The past year has also ended with many people questioning how our Church is organized and administered. The Report of […]

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