This week's opinions


Collapsing buildings brings us up to speed with our inner structure

June 22nd, 2018 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

Like many people, I woke on Saturday morning to the news that the Glasgow School of Art had been ravaged by fire for the second time in four years. It was especially tragic, given that the extensive restorations after the last fire were nearing completion. In fact, as I rubbed the sleep from my eyes, I thought I had hit the wrong button on my phone and it had summoned this story, accompanied by photographs of flames and fire engines, from the archive. Alas no, however: it was only too real and present. Despite the fact I don’t have any ... continue reading.

Shocking treatment of service workers is evidence of a depersonalised, corroded society

June 22nd, 2018 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

‘We are to serve even as we are being served—even and especially when we are served poorly,’ writes Brandon McGinley ... continue reading.


A time to keep and a time to shred

June 15th, 2018 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

De-cluttering can be a reminder of the things that matter most, writes THE BOW IN THE HEAVENS — By FR JOHN BOLLAN... continue reading.


Down’s syndrome drama captures hearts

June 15th, 2018 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

RICHARD PURDEN speaks to a Catholic mother of a disabled child about a play that echoes her own life... continue reading.


The Christ-like sacrifice of police officers

June 8th, 2018 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

Weddings, safety concerns and a few feathered friends feature in this week’s THE BOW IN THE HEAVENS. — By FR JOHN BOLLAN ... continue reading.


Anti-Catholicism and anti-Irish racism will not be excluded from government sectarianism review, chair says

June 8th, 2018 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

Professor Duncan Morrow responds to the SCO’s revelations that a working group to define sectarianism had no representatives from the Catholic Church and included a member that once mocked clergy as ‘actors in fancy dress’... continue reading.


Everything looks brighter in the sun

June 1st, 2018 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

All it takes to lift our spirits is a bit of summer weather, THE BOW IN THE HEAVENS says — By FR JOHN BOLLAN ... continue reading.

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The joys of Catholic conversion should be shared

June 1st, 2018 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

God is in the small things as well as big deals and major life events SALLY FRASER says... continue reading.

On Pentecost and other Red Letter Days

May 25th, 2018 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

THE BOW IN THE HEAVENS reflects on a week which has been full of family festivities, large and small... continue reading.

The exhausting roads that lead to Rome

May 18th, 2018 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

Marshalling 50 teenagers on a school trip is tiresome but rewarding, THE BOW IN THE HEAVENS finds... continue reading.

The dreadful reality of dying in secular America

May 18th, 2018 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

In his Letter from America, BRANDON MCGINLEY looks at a money-driven approach to elderly care... continue reading.

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