Manhattan Diaryby Cahir O'Doherty
- JFK and the Sacred Heart were the twin pillars of life in Donegal
- The War on Thanksgiving
- Honor our Irish American forefathers by maintaining the ailing US infrastructure
- In the aftermath of suicide, a long walk through a strange country
- Hipster Apocalypse - children of the upper middle class priced out of Manhattan
It’s a simple enough question and the answer is mostly horrifying.
It’s planes flying into skyscrapers, it’s child molestation, it’s woman being stoned and murdered, it’s gays being bashed in the pulpits and on the streets, it’s women who use birth control being called sluts on the national airwaves, it's clergy secretly practicing what they publicly condemn, it’s Koran burnings, it’s hardworking nuns being persecuted by their out of touch superiors, it’s funerals being protested with placards and abuse, and on and on – so are you surprised that more and more young people don’t want to touch religion with a barge pole?
St. Connell’s lunatic asylum in Letterkenny -- my great Aunt Sarah's home, on and off, for over 40 years -- was exactly what you expected it to be. Gurgling drainpipes, flagstone steps and a black rook or two hopping along the grim Victorian exterior.
Part hospital, part penitentiary, I felt its melancholy and -- young as I was when we first visited her -- I was moved by the gloom of the place. These were the lost souls Dante spoke of, heartbreaking specters who were neither in this world or the next.
When the Mitt Romney race is over one thing more than any other will probably define it: billionaires.
The Romney campaign is just lousy with them. On Thursday Forbes reported that the latest player, billionaire Vegas casino mogul Sheldon Adelson, has vowed to spend $100 million dollars of his own money to get Mitt Romney elected. Possibly even more. He will do 'whatever it takes' to defeat Obama, he told Forbes.
The sense of being abandoned, or entirely dismissed, seems to be engulfing our main Christian denominations in particular just now, if their increasing howls of protest are to be believed.
I don't discount the power or influence of the Christian Right, or their sincerity, and so I'm worried by all the saber rattling about the 'war' and 'attacks' on Christianity, the Bible, Catholicism and all other Christian denominations that we keep hearing, from coast to coast.
Florida -- it's the state that seems to set the benchmark for political and social dysfunction in the nation.
From hanging chads to voter roll grabs to face eating drug addicts, working for the Florida Tourist Board must be the loneliest job in America.
Last week Mitt Romney compared himself to John F. Kennedy. He wasn't talking about Kennedy's life or achievements though, he was talking about his bank balance.
It was an unfortunate comparison though, because if Romney was looking for a legacy he should have known to shy away from the Kennedy's.