26Jul Passing of abortion Bill shows faulty moral theology in Irish Church

Vincent Twomey sees in the passing of the abortion Bill evidence of a faulty moral theology taught in seminaries in recent decades. He also takes issue with the ACP for its silence on the Bill. (First published in the Irish Times on 24 July under the title 'Conscience, a last bulwark against totalitarianism': read original article and comments here.)

12Mar New pope must address scandal of Legionaries founder

Tony Flannery raises the questions over the protection of child abuser Maciel Degollado which remain unanswered — a major issue that the new Pope will need to deal with if he is to attempt to reform the Curia (article first published in the Irish Times on 11 March).

16Jan Columban should be the patron saint of a united Europe

Sean McDonagh SSC sketches the life of Columban, praised by EU founder Robert Schumann as 'the patron saint of all those who seek to build a united Europe' (first published in the RITE & REASON column of the Irish Times, 15 January 2013).

07Jan Have we the right to insist no woman can ever have an abortion in Ireland?

Jo O'Sullivan agonises over her stance on the deliberate ending of preganacies

20Dec Abortion: is rational debate possible?

Margaret Lee presents the relevant facts in the debate in Ireland on proposed legislation around pregnancy and termination.

• This is an emotive issue. The ACP Leadership Team reminds readers of the principles to apply in commenting on the subject; you will find them above the 'Comment box' at the end of the article. In particular, any type of name-calling will be edited.

19Nov Irish Law may be adapted to solve abortion dilemma

Pádraig McCarthy offers some principles which might solve the challenge of abortion/termination of pregnancy in Ireland

19Nov The Irish Consititution can be adapted to solve abortion dilemma

Pádraig McCarthy offers some principles which might solve the challenge of abortion/termination of pregnancy in Ireland

06Oct McAleese reveals ‘attack’ by disgraced cardinal

Garry O'Sullivan and Sarah MacDonald report on the revelation that President Mary McAleese was attacked Cardinal Law of Boston during an official visit to the USA in 1998. This report was first published in the Irish Independent on 6 October

30Aug Ireland in Crisis: A possible way out. Colm Hughes

This article, sent to us by Colm Hughes, challenges us to get involved in an area of life in which great priests of the past, like James McDyer, distinguished themselves.  We encourage priests to read it, and if it stirs any energy and interest in you, get in touch either with us or Colm, and maybe something could be done.

25Aug Garda fraud investigation into two company directors dropped

This is from the Mayo Advertiser of August 24th, written by Toni Bourke. It finally clears the name of two people against whom allegations of wrong doing were made in a Prime Time programme in 2009.

One was Canon Paddy Curran, the now deceased Parish Priest of Castlebar, and the other was Eddie Hoban (no relation of Brendan!).  We are glad to publish this here.




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