Columns

  • Is global fascism rising and spreading?

    Jun 03, 2016

    A friend of mine sent me a New York Times article about how the rise of Donald Trump has fuelled debate about global fascism, which is characterised b

  • Universal healthcare a basic right underpinned by a sense of solidarity

    May 26, 2016

    The Bishop of Rome has stressed that healthcare is a basic human right. Healthcare, said Francis, is “not a consumer good, but rather a universal right, and therefore access to healthcare services cannot be a privilege”.

  • Youth today – Who are they really?

    May 26, 2016

    A seminarian I know recently went to a party on a Friday evening at a local university campus.

  • Two major breakthroughs for greater inclusivity

    May 20, 2016

    Two significant things happened over the last week. One of them was the election of Sadiq Khan, son of a bus conductor and a seamstress, as mayor of London.

  • The ten commandments of mercy

    May 20, 2016

    Among the Ten Commandments, one begins with the word “remember”: Remember to keep holy the Sabbath day”.

  • An unsung prophet of our times

    May 13, 2016

    Few of us may have heard of him. The legendary peace activist, poet and nuclear weapons opponent Daniel Joseph Berrigan, SJ passed away on April 30 at the age of 94.

  • Daniel Berrigan – RIP

    May 13, 2016

    Before you get serious about Jesus, first consider how good you’re going to look on wood! Daniel Berrigan wrote those words and they express a lot about who he was and what he believed in. He died at age 94.

  • Sense of interconnectedness sparks thinking as global citizens

    May 06, 2016

    A study carried out by the BBC World Service has shown that more than half of those polled in 18 countries see themselves as global citizens.

  • Marking an anniversary

    May 05, 2016

    What we cease to celebrate, we will soon cease to cherish. This year, 2016, marks the 200th anniversary of the founding of the religious congregation to which I belong, The Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate.

  • Loyalty and patriotism revisited

    May 02, 2016

    In a recent article in America magazine, Grant Kaplan, commenting on the challenge of the resurrection, makes this comment: “Unlike previous communiti