This week's opinions


The challenges of what it means to be a disciple

August 17th, 2018 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

I have come to the end of the first year in my new job as a pastoral associate in my parish. How has it been? Much harder than I thought. I mean, I thought it would be difficult, but not this difficult. As so often, many of the biggest obstacles have been, well, me. I thought I might need to confront the odd personal demon, not the entire legion. I thought I might need to let it break me a little bit, but not entirely. I suppose I thought that I could stay in control, one way or another. ... continue reading.

What your choice of Mass time says about you

August 17th, 2018 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

Are you an early bird, or an organised Saturday night Vigil-goer? And what do our choices reveal?... continue reading.


Letting the waters of Baptism flow

August 10th, 2018 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

FR KANE explains how welcoming new members into the family of the Church is always rewarding — By FR MICHAEL KANE ... continue reading.


The truth is out there… isn’t it?

August 10th, 2018 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

JOE MCGRATH reflects on the implications of the eighth commandment — By JOE MCGRATH ... continue reading.


Students follow in the footsteps of Jesus

August 10th, 2018 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

JOHN DUNLOP reports on the Holy Land pilgrimage that he and his fellow student teachers undertook this summer — By JOHN DUNLOP ... continue reading.


‘There is nothing like looking, if you want to find something’

August 3rd, 2018 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

In a final dispatch from THE BOW IN THE HEAVENS, Fr Bollan looks at the words of Tolkein, as he says his goodbyes - By FR JOHN BOLLAN... continue reading.


The miracle rescue that gave us all hope

August 3rd, 2018 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

IAN DUNN looks at how the Thai cave incident sparked astonishing acts of courage and grace... continue reading.

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Prophetic document could teach our politicians more about God’s loving plan

July 27th, 2018 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

By Anthony Horan, director of the Catholic Parliamentary Office ... continue reading.

Being Catholic means sharing in both the joy of life and the grief of death

July 27th, 2018 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

A LETTER FROM AMERICA explores the example of the Blessed Virgin when dealing with loss — By Brandon McGinley... continue reading.

Let the bells ring out against secularism

July 27th, 2018 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

THE BOW IN THE HEAVENS says humanists show their hand with churned-out press releases — By FR JOHN BOLLAN... continue reading.

Unmute the Pulpit and preach truth with love and without fear

July 27th, 2018 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

We should take a ‘Golden Tongue’ approach to debate by speaking truth with love, argues Fr Michael Kane... continue reading.

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