The Word on the Week
June 13, 2009

Corpus Christi

The effect of a church calendar is to bring into prominence certain events of a religious nature on an annual basis. Tomorrow, the feast of the body of Christ will be celebrated in many places throughout the land. In some countries much festivity attends the procession which always has as its focal point the Eucharist. […]

May 29, 2009

Dunlop – Prisoner No. 58240

In a week of continuing bad news, Mother Ireland made some attempt to clean the filth from her garments. Justice was a long time in coming since the first evidence of bribery came to light in 1992. On Wednesday the press made much of Frank Dunlop’s arrival at Court for sentencing in a silver Mercedes […]

May 25, 2009

Child Abuse Report 23rd May 2009

The Commission took 9 years to compile its 2,600 page report on child abuse in institutions run by the Catholic Church. It has been a glimmer of light for those who were disbelieved, ignored and discarded by Church and State. The victims had learned to live off crumbs of comfort, the omission of a daily […]

May 22, 2009

Logos Hope

The raised arch of the East link bridge over the river Liffey was only just wide enough to permit the new Samuel Beckett Bridge, built in Holland, to sail in on its barge. The new bridge, which is in the shape of a harp, has been designed to span the river linking the docklands area […]

May 9, 2009

Endgame for Apartheid

When BBC TV4 screened “Endgame” last Monday it came with the citations of Bafta and Emmy awards but nothing could have prepared us for the gripping intensity of the drama that was to follow. The action takes place when civil war seemed inevitable in South Africa, between the Afrikaners and the African National Congress, over […]

May 3, 2009


Minister for Justice Dermot Ahern has proposed an amendment to the Defamation Act 1961 which would introduce the crime of blasphemous libel. This crime would carry a penalty of a fine up to €100,000. The Opposition has suggested the fine be limited to €1,000! Prosecutions cannot be brought privately but would have to be brought […]

April 27, 2009

Trafficking in Women

The Immigrant Council has produced a report on the state of the slave trade in Ireland. It deals with the trafficking of women, whose bodies are treated as commodities, in a market where the demand is constant. The majority of women come from overseas and are considered by the government to be illegal immigrants, rather […]

April 20, 2009

C S Lewis De-coded

In his inspirational studies of the Chronicles of Narnia by C S Lewis Michael Ward has rescued the planets from the hands of the astrologers! For too long the heavens have been looked upon as the playground of imaginative mystics. Ward in his book, “Planet Narnia” enables us to see how Lewis has reclaimed them […]

April 13, 2009

Poisoned Chalice

Holy week brings with it many depictions of Christ’s passion but few capture it’s essence better than this creation of Kiefer entitled “can you drink the cup?”. The chalice, normally a thing of beauty, is seen to be sprouting thorns. The thorns remind us of those platted by the Roman soldiers to form Christ’s crown. […]

April 4, 2009

Abolition of Religion

While the great and the good of the G20 nations were gathering in London to save the world from bankruptcy here in Dublin we were holding a conference to extol the virtues of religion. The underlying contention was that religion (the variety we have in Ireland) is good for you. An impressive amount of research […]

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