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From: Irish Political Review: Editorials
Date: April, 2010
By: Editorial
Title: Ireland: The State We're In
Cowen came to power in Ireland with an agenda of restoring the autonomy of the state, notably by freeing it from social restraints to enable it re-shape the economy as it saw fit. But it was a different agenda from that espoused by Labour Party statesman Ruairí Quinn, who last year, at the "Lemass International Forum", in a curious metaphor attacked the "blancmange where the slowest carrying caravan on the tail of social partnership is the one that's leading the speed of change" and who had previously denounced the "cloying effects of social partnership".

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From: Irish Political Review: Editorials
Date: April, 2010
By: Editorial
Title: Brother England & Gallipoli
Fianna Fail Minister, Martin Mansergh, has decreed that England is not a foreign country. He has not denied that all the other countries in the world other than England are foreign. He might have denied it on the grounds that the very notion of foreign countries is alien to the universalist ideology of the United Nations. He has not, as far as we know, denied that European countries are foreign countries. It is only England that is not a foreign country. The celebration of England's wars, which Ireland has been indulging in recently, follows naturally enough from this view. If England is not a foreign country then its wars are Our Wars too.

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From: Irish Foreign Affairs: Editorials
Date: April, 2010
By: Editorial
Title: Nuclear Disarmament
There is talk of nuclear disarmament again. It is the Great Powers who are talking about it. When Powers that are Great by virtue of their armaments talk about disarmament we can be sure that it is with evil intent. Somebody is being fooled so that something dire can be done to somebody else. In the present instance we are being gulled into a state of mind which would enable us to look with moral complacency on an attack on Iran—even a nuclear one.

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From: Irish Foreign Affairs: Editorials
Date: April, 2010
By: Editorial
Title: The Katyn Syndrome
A plane carrying the leaders of the Polish Government crashed in Russia on the way to a joint commemoration with the Russian Government at which it was expected that the Russian leadership would give an explanation or apology for the execution of Polish officers in Russia in May 1940 in the Katyn Forest.

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From: Church & State: Editorials
Date: April, 2010
By: Brendan Clifford
Title: End Of Treaty Church, beginning of…
The Pope must overcome his hubris: that was the message of Professor Diarmuid MacCulloch, who is the media historian of the moment on the history of Christianity, when he was interviewed about the current sex scandals involving the Roman Church. It was a puzzling message to come from a Christian. Christianity is nothing if not hubristic. It claims to be in league with the Creator of the Universe. And it is not possible to be more hubristic than that, except by claiming to run the Creator of the Universe. A modest Christianity would be a fake—it would be a confidence trick.

MacCulloch, in one of his television programmes, let it be known that he didn't believe a word of it. It was all figures of speech to him. At the same time he did not make it clear that he was giving the history of a deception or a delusion.

Demanding that the Pope should reject hubris is tantamount to demanding that he should reject Christianity. If there is to be authentic Christianity there must be hubris somewhere—and where better than Rome, where Christianity launched its bid to become the universal religion? The only other possible location is Canterbury, but Canterbury's claim derives from Rome.

Cardinal Newman is on track to be canonised…

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