The Carthusians in Ireland

By W. H. Grattan Flood [From The Irish Ecclesiastical Record, 4th Series, Vol. XXII, No. 477, September 1907]   JUST eighteen years ago, in his excellent History of the Charterhouse, Dom Lawrence Hendriks, monk of St. Hugh’s Charterhouse, Sussex, devoted one paragraph to the ‘Irish Charterhouse,’ as follows:- The Irish Charterhouse is the next in…

In My Father’s Time

My Father was just seven months old when the Titanic was lost.  He was three when the First World War began, twelve when he watched the British army soldiers march through Saggart on their way to the North Wall and eighteen when the Stock Market crashed inaugurating what came to be known as the great…

A whiff of schism: when different Catholics hold radically different beliefs

At a Catholic parish in Athy, Ireland, a lesbian couple who resigned from parish ministry after entering a legal marriage has returned to active participation—and to loud applause. So now everyone is welcome in St. Michael’s parish, right? Wrong. Anthony Murphy, the editor of Catholic Voice—the man who objected to the lesbian couple’s prominent role…

Suicide and the Church

News broke yesterday of the murder of a family in Ballyjamesduff in County Cavan and the suicide of the murderer. It is certainly an horrible event which hardly bears thinking about. Alan Hawe killed his wife and three sons and then killed himself. He may have been suffering from mental illness, he was certainly suffering…