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David Quinn is an Irish-based religious and social affairs commentator. He has weekly columns in The Irish Independent and The Irish Catholic and appears frequently on TV and radio. He was previously editor of The Irish Catholic and as well as being a columnist with The Sunday Times (Irish edition). He is also director of The Iona Institute, a religion and society think tank (www.ionainstitute.ie)

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What Marianne Faithfull Really Teaches Us About the Swinging Sixties

(1) Comments | Posted September 16, 2013 | 8:22 AM

'If you remember the 1960s you weren't there'. So goes the famous saying. But a lot of people who were there, right there in the very epicentre of the Swinging Sixties, do remember it, and a lot of what they remember they do not like.

The latest famous child of...

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Pope Francis and the Argentinian Junta: Has He a Case to Answer?

(4) Comments | Posted March 21, 2013 | 6:01 PM

Pope Francis has undoubtedly made a good first impression in his first days as leader of the Catholic Church. His much remarked upon simplicity and humility have been a hit, as has his liking for speaking off-the-cuff as distinct from always sticking to a text.

It is been...

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Why Don't Sports Scandals Turn the Fans Off Sports?

(3) Comments | Posted February 27, 2013 | 12:43 PM

Sport is beset on every side by scandal. Some of our heroes are proving to have feet of clay, matches are being fixed, there are even child sex-abuse scandals and cover-ups.

The latest and most high-profile sporting scandal is obviously that involving South African sporting hero, Oscar Pistorius. Whether or...

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In Irlanda impossibile non pensare allo scandalo pedofilia su cui Ratzinger sarà giudicato (bene)

(1) Comments | Posted February 13, 2013 | 3:19 AM

Per gli irlandesi, cattolici e non, è quasi impossibile guardare alla Chiesa - o quanto meno, la Chiesa come istituzione - senza pensare agli scandali degli abusi su minori. Ragion per cui Papa Benedetto XVI verrà almeno in parte giudicato in base a quanto bene, o male, ha affrontato questi...

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Pope Benedict's Legacy in Ireland

(11) Comments | Posted February 12, 2013 | 9:57 AM

It is almost impossible for Irish people, whether Catholic or not, to look at the Church, the 'institutional Church' at any rate, without first thinking of the child abuse scandals. Therefore Pope Benedict XVI will be assessed in part by how well, or badly, he dealt with those scandals.

The...

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