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Politics Is Generational

An End to Politics? I am not sure. It strikes me that all Politics is about the Future and if a person doesnt think they have much of a future….typically an unemployed youth is routinely described as “disenfranchised” and a … Continue reading

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Catholic Church…On Wrong Side Of History…Again?

Some speculation that the Catholic Bishops in Norn Iron are angry about the Conscience Clause and a general anti-Religion atmosphere in Norn Iron. I have always sought to seperate Religion from Politics. I do not like mentioning Religion (a personal … Continue reading

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Catholic West Belfast 1962

The Tuam Babies. What actually can be said? I have almost a kinda immunity to this kinda thing. Eight hundred bodies of children, seemingly buried in a septic tank between the 1920s and 1960s. It numbs me. Investigations continue. But … Continue reading

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“One In Ten”?

Last month I attended a lecture on “Religion, Conflict and Peace” given by Professor John Brewer of QUB at St Oliver Plunkett Church in West Belfast. Eexcellent night but for me spoiled by some unchallenged comments from the Floor. It … Continue reading

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Trying To Visit A Church

When I was a child……visiting a strange town……with my parents, we considered it important to visit the local Catholic Church. Not a bad habit for a Christian. And I suppose many other Catholic families did the same on seaside outings … Continue reading

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Association of Catholic Priests…Laudabiliter Re-Visited

I can of course understand that Catholics, non-Catholics and anti-Catholics are angry and calling for the full course of the law to run in respect of Cardinal Brady. I am at a loss to understand a self-proclaimed athiest calling for Catholics … Continue reading

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Cover Up Culture

It is now part of perceived wisdom that the “cover up” is a bigger scandal than the original crime. Watergate is the most quoted example. The cover up of the Brendan Smyth (and other paedophile scandals) has compounded the misery of … Continue reading

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Cardinal Brady

I dont have much doubt that Cardinal Seán Brady will retire sooner rather than later. He will not of course want to be seen to give into pressure but his demeanour when he encountered Darragh McIntyre on BBCs documentary last … Continue reading

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Fr Brian D’arcy

Perhaps Ireland’s most popular priest. And in my eyes the model for the “Father Trendy” character invented by the late Dermot Morgan. Much is made today of the fact that following an article he wrote…he has now having to submit … Continue reading

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Republic of Ireland…84% Catholic

Although you wont see it mentioned much on anti-Catholic, hibernophobic websites, a statistic from the preliminary results of the 2011 Republic of Ireland Census shows that the population, the biggest in the “26 counties” since before the Famine in the … Continue reading

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