Category: Comment & Analysis

Imposing views on unborn lives

The View   Marian Finucane interviewed Katie Ascough on her Saturday radio programme last weekend. The discussion focused on Ascough’s recent impeachment as president of the UCD Students’ Union. The central issue in that impeachment was the fact that Ascough withdrew from circulation a booklet for first year students. She did so having been advised…

Fairness and impartiality were killed at birth

If the political will existed, there could have been a reasonable discussion about the Eighth Amendment, writes Cora Sherlock   It didn’t have to be like this. But, unfortunately, the Oireachtas committee on abortion decided otherwise from the get-go. As each week passes, this becomes clearer as one abortion advocate after another presents to the…

A threat to our decency

Spirituality   Jesus tells us that in the end we will be judged on how we dealt with the poor in our lives, but there are already dangers now, in this life, in not reaching out to the poor Here’s how Bryan Stevenson, Just Mercy, teases out that danger: “I’ve come to believe that the…

A Reflection for the month of November

Notebook Martin Delaney   Some years ago while living in the Washington DC area I had an opportunity to visit the Vietnam Memorial Wall. The monument is a long black granite wall with thousands of names of those who lost their lives in the war. As I walked slowly through the memorial site a number…

A once-banned song may be banned again

I was chatting with a group of friends, and the conversation turned to the mood of the times – with particular application to the new sensitivities around sexual harassment and those who prey on young girls. “Remember that song that Maurice Chevalier used to sing, Thank Heavens for Little Girls? It would be banned if it…

Does the Church deserve to die?

The View   I recently spent a morning with religious education teachers and diocesan workers from the Diocese of Derry talking about the teaching of relationship and sex education. I met a wonderful group of lively, compassionate, caring, interested and dedicated young people. The following day in Galway, I met priests, brothers and sisters who belong to religious…

Mere consent is not enough

Separating sex and love has been a disaster for men and women, writes David Quinn   Even Freud believed a certain amount of repression of our instincts was necessary to civilisation. Freud was the ‘patron saint’ of anti-repression but he saw that a certain amount of repression, or to put it another way, of ‘civilised…

Credit where it’s due

Veritas is finally profitable again, but that’s no reason to rest easy, writes Greg Daly   It’s taken a long time, but Ireland’s biggest religious publishing and retail company has finally – and tentatively – returned to profitability. Veritas, the Irish bishops’ publishing arm, has been struggling for years, battling with an uncertain retail climate…