This week's opinions


Where would the Church be without its female religious?

February 14th, 2020 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

During one of our seminary retreats, the preacher advised us—with the air of one speaking from experience—that if we wanted an easy life as priests we should ‘steer clear of nuns.’ I’m fairly sure he was joking. But whatever other advice of his I’ve followed, his warning about female religious is one I’m very glad to have ignored In both of the parishes in which I’ve served—and, indeed, in the seminary itself—the presence of religious sisters has made my priestly life not only easier but also considerably richer. Gracious invitations Over the past few years, I’ve benefitted from their hospitality, from their sage ... continue reading.

The season of Spring is a time for irreplaceable love

February 7th, 2020 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

Helping couples prepare for marriage is a joy, even if it occasionally means saying no to Beyoncé, writes Fr Michael Kane... continue reading.


a playful flutter can turn into a tornado when gambling

February 7th, 2020 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

Ian Dunn discusses the dark side of an often glamorised multi-billion pound industry.... continue reading.


Praying for a break from bread and circuses

February 7th, 2020 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

On super Bowl Sunday Brandon McGiney finds sport is no substitute for time with God as he sends his monthly letter from America ... continue reading.


Celibacy: a precious gift for the life of the Church

January 24th, 2020 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

Celibacy might be controversial, but it is at the core of the priesthood as imitators of Christ, writes Fr Michael Kane.... continue reading.


The beauty of the traditional Latin Mass according to a young Catholic

January 24th, 2020 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

James Bundy propounds the benefits of a return to traditional rites ... continue reading.


Changing gender certificate legislation is dangerous to women, say Church

January 24th, 2020 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

Responding to the Scottish Government’s consultation on the subject, Anthony Horan, Director of the Scottish Catholic Parliamentary Office, outlines the Church’s concerns... continue reading.

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Why young Catholic men are taking the 90-day Exodus challenge

January 24th, 2020 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

Ian Dunn reports on a three-month spiritual exercise that is gaining traction among young Catholic men.... continue reading.

Woman’s place at Pope Francis’ right hand?

January 17th, 2020 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

With reform in the air, the Catholic News Service surveys moves to promote women in the Curia... continue reading.

A look inside the ‘prison in all but name’

January 17th, 2020 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

Frances Gallagher describes her first visit inside Dungavel Immigration Detention Centre... continue reading.

Reading through the whole Bible in one year

January 17th, 2020 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

Fr Jamie McMorrin hopes to get through the entire Bible this year—with a little bit of help from David Suchet ... continue reading.

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