A few weeks before he died, Daniel O’Leary, the much-loved priest and spiritual writer, agreed to write a last piece for The Tablet, where so many of his articles had first appeared. In it he speaks directly to his friends and his many admirers of his struggle to make his peace with the cancer that was killing him
Huge claims are being made for artificial intelligence and the development of robots that can think and feel. Some say it will transform our world for good, others for ill. But it should help us appreciate what it means to be human
The deep friendship between John Paul II and the philosopher Anna-Teresa Tymieniecka, revealed last week, surprised the world. For many priests committed to a life of celibacy, the need for such intimacy was not surprising
A despairing world comes to know mercy by the contact it makes with those who know the mercy of Christ, who may by their very presence bring a healing and redeeming touch that transforms the lives of others
The celebration of Christmas marks the incarnational nature of the Catholic faith. During Christmastide especially, the contemplation of it fills us with wonder at God’s presence in every aspect of our lives – working and eating, sleeping and walking, dancing and playing
In little over a week’s time, with the world still reeling from the trauma of terrorist atrocities in France, Mali and elsewhere, Catholics begin 12 months of reflection on the meaning of justice and compassion. Must mercy extend even to the merciless?
Our understanding of evolution, the vastness of the universe and the strong possibility of life on other planets raises questions about God and the doctrine of Original Sin. Yet Catholic theology offers some eloquent answers
The Synod on the Family in October will highlight once again the sharp differences over moral issues between Catholics. While the Church prays for peace between nations, its own members are often bitterly divided, stuck in a deadening clericalism and adherence to rules