This week's opinions


Priest reveals becoming life-long friends with St Therese of Lisieux has been deeply rewarding

August 23rd, 2019 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

When I was a first-year university student, I made a number of lifelong friends. One in particular has been in my thoughts a great deal over these past few weeks. I first met her in the library of the Catholic chaplaincy a few months into the beginning of term. It was an exciting time, but not without its anxieties. I was living away from home for the first time, missing my family and my friends from school. I was struggling to find my place in this new environment, and also trying to sort out conflicted feelings about Faith, love and ... continue reading.

The surprising link between Faith and hip-hop music and its exposure in a secular world

August 23rd, 2019 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

Emily Black, argues that despite a reputation for focussing on violence, rappers in both the US and UK are spreading Faith through their music in a secular setting, which is 'astonishing'.... continue reading.


Priests do not have a monopoly on service: we all have our own vocation to live

August 16th, 2019 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

Fr Michael Kane reflects on the role of the permanent diaconate, and the need for all of us to serve the Church.... continue reading.


Tackling the problem of pornography from a Catholic perspective

August 16th, 2019 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

James Bundy argues that the ‘dark web’ means a coming porn ban could cause more harm than good.... continue reading.


Delving into apostolic history like tracing a family tree

August 9th, 2019 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

Gerald Warner shines a light on apostolic succession and its pivotal role in our Church.... continue reading.


Taking inspiration from an ex-gangster’s paradise

August 9th, 2019 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

Former convict John Pridmore is showing others the path to salvation through his harrowing story of redemption, writes Fr Jamie McMorrin.... continue reading.

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Annual holiday to idyllic Ireland overshadowed by town’s grief for mothers

August 2nd, 2019 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

Mary McGinty arrives for the annual break in the picturesque Westport to find a town in mourning.... continue reading.

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The great unanswered question of good and evil

August 2nd, 2019 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

Fr Michael Kane argues that while the problem of evil might remain unresolved, grace is still present in the darkest experiences.... continue reading.

Students create lasting memories whilst on pilgrimage in the eternal city

August 2nd, 2019 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

Teacher in the making Greg Harrison reflects on a recent summer university trip to some of Rome’s most sacred sites.... continue reading.

Overcoming a 21st century fear of intimacy

July 26th, 2019 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

In his letter from America, Brandon McGinley bemoans a modern day trend to sequester ourselves in a lonely, walled-off garden.... continue reading.

The best laid plans of priest and parish

July 26th, 2019 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

As the saying goes, if you want to make God laugh, tell Him your plans—but there is a place for finding time this summer to declutter mind and matter, writes Fr Jamie McMorin... continue reading.

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