This week's opinions


Decking the halls with faithful acts of service

December 6th, 2019 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

At this time of year, it’s all hands on deck at the parish. As people are readying their homes for Christmas, so too the Church is getting prepared for a great season of celebration with all the practical work this entails. At my parish of St Augustine’s, a team of volunteers, young and not so young, are getting ready to put together our giant Christmas trees with their thousands of lights. Putting the stars on top of these enormous firs is always a nerve-wracking affair! A group will carefully unwrap our antique nativity set from its dusty hibernation, to display it ... continue reading.
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Real Mass appeal: the responsibility of clergy and Mass in education

December 6th, 2019 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

In a fast-moving world, Canon Tom Shields explains why the role of priests and of Mass in our schools has never been so important for the Church.... continue reading.

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The people vs the truth about anti-Catholic bigotry

December 6th, 2019 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

Hugh Dougherty explains why Irish Catholics are owed an apology over the Ulster Plantation and its bitter legacy in the West of Scotland.... continue reading.

Pope Francis delivers a message about nuclear weapons at Atomic Bomb Hypocenter Park in Nagasaki, Japan, Nov. 24, 2019. (CNS photo/Paul Haring) See stories slugged POPE-JAPAN Nov. 23, 2019.

Pope’s visit reminds us to take inspiration from the martyrs of Japan

November 29th, 2019 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

I wasn’t much interested in the Pope’s visit to Japan, until I read about the martyrs. Don’t get me wrong, the papal visit is very important, but he does a lot of trips this Pope, it’s not easy to keep up. ... continue reading.

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The everyday life of a Catholic school chaplain revealed

November 22nd, 2019 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

It surprises so many people that the mission of a school chaplain is not restricted to the Religious Education department. This is because Faith breathes in every corner of a Catholic school community, from the classroom to the sports field, from the social space to the staff room.... continue reading.

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Be ready to stand up for Catholic education as secular agendas gather pace

November 22nd, 2019 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

In our increasingly secular society, Catholic schools and their ethos, through which pupils are encouraged to put their Faith into action, enhance our society.... continue reading.

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You can take a child from the ghetto, but Faith only thrives in a loving home

November 15th, 2019 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

In his Letter from America, Brandon McGinley explains the vital role of the family in nurturing Catholic values and attitudes.... continue reading.

The difficult, yet noble art of politics

November 15th, 2019 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

How should we respond as Catholics to one of the most interesting general elections of our times? Fr Jamie McMorrin writes.... continue reading.

The simple but important gift of remembrance

November 8th, 2019 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

Remembrance Day reminds us of the importance of the Church’s role in walking with all who grieve, writes Fr Michael Kane.... continue reading.

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