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A different kind of pre-nuptial agreement

The early stage of a marriage can be fraught with difficulties. Perhaps, David Gaffney suggests, a pre-nuptial agreement to keep commitments under review and to be open to counselling might help. The term “pre-nuptial agreement” is heard more often, as couples today – particularly celebrities – break up with bitterness, and with recourse to lawyers. Then we hear warnings that ...

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Suicide and the culture of success

by David Gaffney SJ In trying to gain an understanding of the suicide issue, I’ve amassed a collection of information-snippets and comments from various sources. I offer a selection of them, simply in the hope that what surfaces from a newspaper-columnist’s scrapbook may perhaps draw forth matching jottings from, e.g., a counsellor’s scrapbook. To start with, try these questions for ...

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Religion and despair

by David Gaffney SJ There are scenes of a troubled young man being counselled by a very believable ‘shrink’ in the film Good Will Hunting (and readers may be able to supply other examples). But, lacking such an image of a helper, many a young man who is facing the possibility of suicide may have no use for talk. And ...

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Lifeline for the suicidal

In his regular AMDG column, David Gaffney applauds efforts, both in Ireland and abroad, to take a holistic, communitarian approach to suicide prevention, especially among young people. There were two reasons why I found myself being interviewed by George Hook on Newstalk 106 FM. One was that was that President Mary McAleese had presided on the previous day at the ...

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Youth cafés, not wine bars

In David Gaffney’s view, there is more chance of changing Ireland’s drinking habits through funding youth cafés than through creating a wine bar culture. The Government’s first brainwave for changing our drinking-culture was to promote wine bars. This measure fell through. But the Government may now get a second crack at the problem: by backing – as it is beginning ...

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Cherishing our crèche-children equally?

David Gaffney is concerned that, more and more, parents are practically compelled to have their children spend an inordinate amount of time in crèche facilities, and that this may well have a negative impact on their development. The only meaningful contact which many a young commuting mother has nowadays with her infant during the working-week, is when the child wakes ...

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If you sin, can you preach?

The fact that some clergy are implicated in wrong-doing should not deter preachers from proclaiming the Word of God clearly, David Gaffney holds. Sermons have always been delivered by sinners to sinners. Clergy in Southern Italy and neighbouring parts have appeared in court charged with the embezzlement of huge sums of money. If these clerics are found guilty, does it ...

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