For many it’s a tall order to be asked to believe that, as the late American lawyer-philosopher Ronald Dworkin so neatly put it, “an all-powerful and all-knowing God created the universe, judges human lives, guarantees an afterlife, and responds to prayer”.

Recent controversy about clerical education at Maynooth invites the question whether the Catholic Church in Ireland has still further to fall. A flurr(...)

Social justice campaigner Fr Peter McVerry, ‘probably the most credible social commentator of the Irish left’. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Liberals and left-wing types are usually well-educated, yet, time and again, they show extraordinary ignorance about what motivates people to take on(...)

Advanced medical technology has led to the ability to sometimes stretch our last days, with some referring to this as a form of death denial or viewing death as a medical failure

dPeople, particularly the elderly, sometimes speak about hoping for the “gift of a good death”. Studies carried out by the Irish Hospice Foundation sh(...)