This week's opinions


The search to find the face of the Lord

April 21st, 2017 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

I’M not a huge fan of ‘religious’ movies. I remember being very disgruntled when my Mum got her friends from the Union of Catholic Mothers round to watch Franco Zeffirelli’s Jesus of Nazareth on Palm Sunday 1977, and I was made to watch that instead of a documentary on Doctor Who which was airing on BBC2 at the same time. The fact I can still remember the date, April 3, should give you an idea of the mark it left on me. As the titles rolled and with tears in her eyes, I can still hear Mum say, ‘That makes ... continue reading.

Will the exceptions to the rule lead to eliminating the rule altogether?

April 21st, 2017 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

In the second part of a series on Pope Francis’ controversial Amoris Laetitia, Mgr Peter Magee looks at how, for some bishops, the division on the exhortation is one of doctrine and not just discipline... continue reading.


Priests should ‘live with the smell of the sheep’

April 14th, 2017 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

This week, THE THE BOW IN THE HEAVENS reflects on the Chrism Mass, the Easter Triduum and the Pope’s advice to the priesthood — By Fr JOHN BOLLAN ... continue reading.


Pope Francis’ ‘The Joy of Love’ has sparked a battle over its interpretation

April 13th, 2017 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

— In the first part of a series on Amoris Laetitia and questions around the admission of the divorced and remarried to the Sacraments, leading canon lawyer Mgr Peter Magee outlines three approaches taken to the apostolic exhortation and looks for answers in the Holy Father’s letter to Argentinian bishops ... continue reading.


Last Rites at my husband’s bedside

April 13th, 2017 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

DOROTHY CUMMINGS MCLEAN reflects on the most harrowing Lent she has ever experienced... continue reading.


It’s time to register your status

April 13th, 2017 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

Immigration lawyer Jamie Kerr urges European Catholics living in Scotland to make sure their legal status here is secure.... continue reading.


Beware of our ‘cry baby culture’

April 7th, 2017 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

JAMIE MCGOWAN fears that our universities are clamping down on freedom of expression and debate... continue reading.

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I’ve got a confession to make…

April 7th, 2017 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

It would be a good idea for priests to listen to our sins online via Skype, HUGH DOUGHERTY says... continue reading.

The lax labours of Lenten penance

March 31st, 2017 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

GERALD WARNER says we have become too self-indulgent and casual with our pre-Easter duties. ... continue reading.

The great joy of learning something new

March 31st, 2017 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

THE BOW IN THE HEAVENS is not afraid to admit ignorance—nor to get excited at seeing things in a different light — by Fr JOHN BOLLAN ... continue reading.

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