The Church and the Nazis

The Church and the Nazis

The year after Queen Elizabeth II’s successful visit to Ireland the Republic is set to pardon 5,000 Irish soldiers who deserted to fight for the British against the Nazis. As the BBC reported, even Sinn Fein supports the move: Over Christmas the issue of a pardon was referred by ministers to Maire Whelan, the Attorney-General, whose decision is expected early this year. Alan Shatter, the Irish Defence Minister, who is Jewish, is thought to sympathise with a… Read on

‘I can see God is working through this’

‘I can see God is working through this’

Few articles in The Catholic Herald have moved readers as much as an interview we ran two years go with the American seminary applicant Philip Johnson, who in 2008 was told he had an inoperable brain tumour and just 18 months to live. The interview prompted many people to write heartfelt letters, and one reader even wrote to us offering to pay the cost of his priestly training. At the time of that first interview the young man (he was… Read on