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RSS Irish Catholic Newspaper

  • Amnesty rejects watchdog call to return foreign pro-abortion funds December 8, 2017
    Amnesty Ireland has refused a demand to return €137,000 donated by an American billionaire so it could campaign against Ireland’s pro-life laws. The November 17 instruction from the Standards in Public Office Commission (SIPO) comes almost exactly a year after the ethics watchdog directed the Abortion Rights Campaign to return its grant, originally worth alm
  • Irish Catholics are a ‘dying breed’ – Diarmuid Martin December 7, 2017
    Archbishop accused of demoralising effect on priests   People who come to Mass “are a dying breed” the Archbishop of Dublin Dr Diarmuid Martin has said. He said: “I could spend all my time being concerned about the people who come to church, but they’re — you know I don’t want to be nasty — but they’re a dying breed”.  He was quoted in an article in The New
  • Politics must be ‘seen to work’ on Brexit – Derry bishop December 7, 2017
    The Brexit impasse over the border and the North needs to be overcome as a matter of urgency, Bishop Donal McKeown has said. Bishop McKeown’s comments followed the breakdown of EU-UK talks after Northern Ireland’s Democratic Unionist Party rejected a plan for Northern Ireland to retain “regulatory alignment” with the Republic, thus effectively retaining the
  • The paralysing effects of negativity in the Church December 7, 2017
    The former Abbot of Glenstal Abbey Dom Mark Patrick Hederman provoked the ire of the leadership of the Association of Catholic Priests (ACP) recently when he accused them of being too negative. It’s a charge that’s been levelled against the leadership of the group before and it’s one that they’re understandably sensitive about. It’s a symptom of a wider deba
  • A short plea for reading classics December 7, 2017
    At this time of the year publishers are particularly anxious to push their new wares. That is all very well for them, but many readers might also like to read something older, to return to the classics of all kinds that were the common rereading of yesteryear. Oddly enough as a result I suppose of the austerities and the war years, at Christmas I often got a