This week's opinions


Considering the priesthood? Then do not wait for a ‘lightning bolt moment’

February 15th, 2019 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

Class visits within any secondary school can be a daunting task. One of the techniques I’ve found helpful is to organise ‘ask the priest’ sessions. This gives pupils an opportunity to ask the priest anything they like and most pupils seem to relish the opportunity. Such Q&A sessions are predictable after a few class visits. The same questions reappear: why don’t priests get married? How much do priests get paid? Are you allowed to drink alcohol? Do you wear your collar in the gym? All these questions rank among the top 10. There is also another question which usually makes an appearance, instigated ... continue reading.

Pope’s visit signals a new era in the Gulf

February 15th, 2019 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

Andrew McFadyen reflects on Pope Francis' visit to the United Arab Emirates.... continue reading.


Is the pro-life movement in America too aligned with hypocritical politicians?

February 14th, 2019 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

Following January's March for Life in Washington, Ben Smith argues that embracing Donald Trump may be counterproductive to the pro-life cause. ... continue reading.


The secular zeal undermining the Sacrament of Confession

February 8th, 2019 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

GERALD WARNER explores why the Sacrament is under threat in Australia ... continue reading.


A priest’s collar is not a sign of power or privilege, but one of availability, service and love.

February 8th, 2019 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

Fr McMorrin reflects on the clothing of clergy, and how it reminds him always to be an ambassador for Christ... continue reading.


Let your Faith be an example to others

February 1st, 2019 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

Through prayer and living our Faith fervently, we can help bring lapsed Catholics back to the Church, Fr Michael Kane writes.... continue reading.

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Coorie in to beat the winter darkness

February 1st, 2019 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

Clare M Fodey surveys an icy landscape to find the simple things that keep us warm at heart... continue reading.

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Young people can rejuvenate the Church

January 25th, 2019 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

The green shoots of a budding faith is evident in Scotland’s parishes, chaplaincies and movements, Fr Jamie McMorrin writes.... continue reading.

The EU can be reformed by going back to its Catholic roots

January 25th, 2019 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

Ross Ahlfeld argues that the founding ideals of the European project can be re-established... continue reading.

Bake Off is a rare feat – a piece of popular culture that has a genuinely good social impact

January 25th, 2019 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

In his Letter from America, Brandon McGinley looks at a TV cookery show and how it inspires family values... continue reading.

Teachers should be free to share Catholic theology

January 18th, 2019 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

Pauline Gallagher, an RE teacher in Glasgow Archdiocese, argues that LGBT guidelines make it difficult to keep teaching true to the Gospel ... continue reading.

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