Sunday 23 October 2016

The church has become a big institution with all the trappings of an institution. It has lost its focus and it's so full of rules and regulations."

Published 01/11/2015 | 02:30

The church has become a big institution with all the trappings of an institution. It has lost its focus and it's so full of rules and regulations."Sister Stanislaus Kennedy, founder of Focus Ireland.

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"A faith that does not know how to root itself in the life of people remains arid and, rather than oases, creates other deserts."

Pope Francis.

"If you are sitting in Mass on a Sunday morning and your child misbehaves, you get up and you bring them outside. You should do the same in a restaurant, and it's not just for the child, it's for everybody else."

Sallyanne Clarke, restaurateur.

"This word retirement is ridiculous. I don't like it particularly. You should be open to experiences until you draw your last breath. It is a ridiculous assumption that there is any one period of your life when you are innovative or creative. You can be creative right up to the end." Michael D Higgins, President of Ireland.

"Saying yes to Strictly Come Dancing is like saying to your wife, 'I'm leaving you.' It's a recipe for disaster. Yes, it is a great show and so enjoyable in many ways but what is it saying about you? It's saying there is something missing in your life. Maybe it's that your career is on the skids or you're having a mid life crisis or whatever. "

Ardal O'Hanlon, actor and comedian.

"I take no notice of anonymous commentary. If people are cowardly and they don't want to put their name to stuff, that's their own business. But I don't get worried about anonymous press officer briefings. I've come through an awful lot, including many death threats, so these things don't bother me."

Alan Kelly, Environment Minister, on Fine Gael criticsm over the housing crisis.

"The law needs to be completely re-written. But then under so many headings we are still operating on laws that are 200, 300, 400 years old. Especially with regard to drink-driving, the law needs to be re-written from top to bottom. Do we have a chance of that happening? I doubt very much."

Gay Byrne.

"Travellers are stereotyped as criminals and untrustworthy. My own son has been called a smelly knacker at school. Travellers are refused access to hotels ... We are justifiably angry and we need to harness that anger and that energy."

Martin Collins, Pavee Point.

"Just because you lop off your d*** and then wear a dress doesn't make you a f****** woman. I've asked my doctor to give me long ears and liver spots and I'm going to wear a brown coat but that won't turn me into a f****** cocker spaniel."

Germaine Greer, feminist thinker.

"Read Shakespeare, read Chekov, read Homer or philosophy or anything you can get your hands on, because acting isn't all about red carpets and the Kardashians. "

Sir Anthony Hopkins, actor.

I don't think people should bother to read Shakespeare. They should see him in the theatre. Reading just reduces him to an examination subject."

Sir Ian McKellen, actor.

"It's like a ball and chain but, at the same time I do love the old Keith and the way people cotton to him … A lot of that's in the past. I'm growing up or rather evolving."

Keith Richards, Rolling Stone, on his wild man image.

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