Vincent Twomey

Irish priest

Denis Vincent Twomey (1941–) is an Irish Roman Catholic priest, Professor Emeritus of Moral Theology, and a "patron" of the Iona Institute.


  • The failure to admit the existence of intrinsic evil in man and the search for happiness in this world are interrelated. Both are predicated on the denial of Transcendence (and so the denial of conscience as the antenna of Transcendence, that inner sense of right and wrong) and so the denial of the universal call to holiness as man’s goal in life. Both are materialistic—reducing moral behaviour to a calculus of advantages and disadvantages to the autonomous self. Both constitute the essence of secularism. That secularism has seeped into the very fabric of the contemporary theology.
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