Going Native for Christmas

Looking over the window Nativities of Dublin it was interesting to see what was variable within these acceptable norms and what was not. One of the most beautiful – in my opinion – was a gorgeous little pottery Nativity of caricatured Native North Americans. Indeed the birth of God in humanity was and is for all humanity, but it was amusing to see that this infant retained his northern European hair colour.

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Don’t Take It Personally but you’re a Bigot and a Paedophile

Follow @UrFhasaidh We live in a more equal Ireland today than we did this day last month. Not more equal in the sense that homelessness and economic injustice have been ended, but more equal in that everyone has the right to marry whosoever they choose. This development is overdue and to be welcomed. We would … Continue reading Don’t Take It Personally but you’re a Bigot and a Paedophile

We Have Fed the Wolves and now they are Hungry

Follow @UrFhasaidh Not to deny in the least the need for our continued work towards human rights and equality in Ireland, we in the Church must not be naïve. There are powerful undercurrents in the ongoing equality discussion which, while not necessarily essential to questions of rights and equality, pose a significant threat to the … Continue reading We Have Fed the Wolves and now they are Hungry

Diarmuid Martin Simply Decides to Ignore the Holy Spirit

Follow @UrFhasaidh Dublin’s Catholic Archbishop, Diarmuid Martin, spoke to the Irish Times after the people of Ireland went to the polls and voted resoundingly in favour of same-sex marriage. He was perfectly right in his assessment that it is time the Catholic Church in Ireland has a “reality check.” In fact the Church in Ireland, … Continue reading Diarmuid Martin Simply Decides to Ignore the Holy Spirit

Bert and Ernie and the Gay Cake Row

Follow @UrFhasaidh People are celebrating all over Ireland today because of the judgement handed down in the Marriage Equality cake row in Northern Ireland. A Christian couple, the owners of a family bakery in Belfast, have been found guilty of discriminating against a customer on the grounds of his sexual orientation. He entered the bakery … Continue reading Bert and Ernie and the Gay Cake Row

Feeling Welcome in a Little Vision of Ireland’s Future

Follow @UrFhasaidh A short walk from the main roadway entrance to St. James’s Hospital there is a rather comfortable little café called U-Café. I discovered it back in February when I was holed-up in the surgical wards after undergoing some routine butchery on the top part of my buttocks. All too quickly does staying on … Continue reading Feeling Welcome in a Little Vision of Ireland’s Future