Thomas Aquinas

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How good can a God be? Stephen Fry and Gottfried Wilhelm von Leibniz have opposing views. Photograph: PA/Getty

Never one to shirk a challenge, the Unthinkable column today endeavours to answer what many describe as the ultimate question: why is there somet(...)

Names of some of the children who died at the Tuam mother and baby home. The moral ground was ceded to the church and with it came the authority over sexual morality and the family and therefore the shaping of national identity. Photograph: Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

Since news broke of the discovery of a mass grave of babies in Tuam, there has been a fear that publication of the report of the Commission of Investi(...)

I now accept that the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith in the Vatican may well have done me a favour when they intervened in my life eight years ago and decreed that I could no longer perform public ministry as a priest. Photograph: Alessandro Bianchi/Reuters

In this increasingly uncertain world there is a strong inclination to cling to whatever might give us some sense of security. Life is fragile, and in (...)

Galileo Galilei’s signature is seen on a document displayed during the exhibition “Lux in Arcana, the Vatican secret Archives reveals itself” at the Capitoline Museums in Rome in 2012. Photograph: Tony Gentile/Reuters

The 1633 trial of Galileo Galilei (1564-1642) before the Roman Inquisition is frequently cited to demonstrate that science and the Catholic Church are(...)

David Begg insisted however that he was ‘not an absolutist in this matter’. File photograph:  Nick Bradshaw

Labour Party Leader Brendan Howlin has challenged former general secretary of the Irish Congress of Trade Unions David Begg who said he “cannot in con(...)

Former president Mary McAleese addressing  a Voices of Faith conference in Rome on March 8th. Photograph: Patsy McGarry

Today, March 13th, is the fifth anniversary of the election of Pope Francis. In the years since I don’t think he has ever been challenged in quite the(...)

The word ‘Christmas’ no longer conveys the significance of the God who joined the human caravan and walked in our shoes, says  Fr Desmond O’Donnell

Reading The Irish Times recently, I was surprised to find myself in reluctant agreement with a priest on the subject of Christmas. Fr Desmond O’Donnel(...)

Cardinal Desmond Connell: March 24th, 1926 –  February 21st, 2017

Cardinal Desmond Connell, who has died aged 90, was a surprise appointment to the Archbishopric of Dublin in 1988 but he went on to become the first A(...)

Avicenna developed ‘probably the most influential and interesting medieval attempt to show that God exists’, says Prof Peter Adamson. Photograph: Detlev van Ravenswaay/ Getty images

What has medieval philosophy ever done for us? Seriously, name a thinker of merit to emerge from the 5th to 15th century. Thomas Aquinas? William of O(...)

Shakespeare’s Fourth Folio, from the Jesuit collection known as “the O’Brien Library”, which will go under the hammer in a major auction at Sotheby’s next June. Photograph from Sotheby’s

The Jesuit Order in Ireland is to dispose of its internationally important collection of rare books and mediaeval manuscripts valued at more than €2 m(...)

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