Fr Brendan Hoban. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Catholic parishes ‘have no intention of handing over their local school to anyone’

Archbishop Charles Brown: ‘We need to avoid the caricature that the only thing the Catholic Church has to speak about is abortion, gay marriage and contraception.’ Photograph: Alan Betson

Relations between Ireland and the Vatican have ‘improved immensely’

 Papal Nuncio Archbishop Charles Brown believes relations between Ireland and the Vatican are now “quite good and immensely improved from four years ago”. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

In his first Irish interview, the nuncio talks about the Catholic Church’s response to sexual abuse allegations and other challeng(...)

A talk to be given at a community centre in Cloyne diocese   by Fr Tony Flannery (above), who holds liberal views on women priests, homosexuality and contraception,  has been cancelled. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Cleric has liberal views on women priests, homosexuality and contraception

The moving statue at Ballinspittle, Co Cork in 1985. File photograph: Jack McManus/The Irish Times

Statues were said to have moved at 30 Irish locations in 1985

The Church of Ireland said being homeless “has a serious negative effect on children and their futures”. Photograph: Getty Images

Church commission critical of ‘scandal . . . in one of the richest countries in the world’

Police officers  attempt to contain disturbances along the controversial Ardoyne flashpoint area on July 13th, 2015 in Belfast. Photograph:   Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

‘Last month was a reminder of the dark underbelly that can accompany Orange marches and which the Order allows off the leash when (...)

Fr Tony Flannery, who in 2012 was suspended from public ministry by the Vatican, celebrated Mass in a Co Galway family home last week. Photograph: Alan Betson.

Martin Sheen endorses US event at which banned priest will speak prior to pope’s visit

Dr Martin McAleese: “They couldn’t say that ‘you don’t understand’. I knew their streets, their pubs, their clubs, their schools, their churches”

Visit of Britain’s Queen Elizabeth highlight of McAleese presidency

Dubliner Ray O’Donnell, organist at Galway Cathedral. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Known locally as ‘Taj Miceál’, its landmark green dome towers over the city skyline

In excess of 600 Orangemen in Fermanagh, a third of the order’s membership there, took part in the survey, as did a further 161 members of the public. Photograph: The Irish Times

Grand Orange Lodge survey reveals that almost 74% would not attend a GAA match

Catholic  Iraqis attend Mass. Christians “face persecution in over 100 countries”. Photograph: Reuters/Ali Jarekji

Bells to be rung at noon in parishes all over Ireland in solidarity with persecuted

 Cardinal Timothy Dolan with the papal nuncio, Archbishop Charles Brown, and Bishop of Meath Michael Smith. Photograph:  John Mc Elroy

Over 150,000 pilgrims from Ireland and abroad expected to attend over the nine days

A child is rescued from an overloaded boat in the Mediterranean by the crew of the LÉ Niamh. Photograph: Irish Naval Service

Migrants taken from overloaded vessel 115km northwest of Tripoli

In a Word . . . ugly

Abuse survivor Marie Collins:  “My priority was always accountability – if there’s no accountability, it’s all a waste of time.” Photograph: Frank Miller

Abuse survivor invited to join Vatican Commission for the Protection of Minors last year

A drumming performance at “the best undiscovered festival in Ireland” - we’re not telling you where it’s on. Probably.

‘Best undiscovered festival in Ireland’ plans to stay that way, but read on if you must

Ann Fell is consoled by family and friends at the funeral of her husband, Charlie, at St Alphonsus and Columba Church in Ballybrack/Killiney. Photograph: Sara Freund

Funeral of Irish Times columnist told he was ‘inspirational’ in final lecture

Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Spokesman confirms move after parishioners express concern

 Cardinal Timothy Dolan, Archbishop of New York, addresses  Catholics at St Patrick’s Cathedral, New York City, in   February  2013.  File photograph: John Moore/Getty Images

Transatlantic flight from US to Ireland West Airport Knock a first for Aer Lingus

Crowds gathered in the courtyard at Dublin Castle, for the results of the same-sex marriage referendum. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Timetable follows Court of Appeal’s dismissal of challenges to referendum result

Dr Ali Selim:  said many Muslims in Ireland “were not aware of the demonstration”, which had “come out of the blue”. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Absence of representatives of larger mosques also due to lack of consultation in advance

The Catholic Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin has said he regrets saying the church needed a “reality check” following the marriage equality referendum. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Historians should look at religious roots of 1916 leaders’ thinking, he said

 Dr Umar Al-Qadri: ‘If you will remain silent you will let them come into the mosque and you will let them speak to the youth . . . They will spread the cancer of extremism to the Muslim youth.’  Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Irish Muslim Peace and Integration Council launches document against radicalisation at O’Connell Street protest

Patrick Anderson McQuaid, Derek Leinster and Noleen Belton, members of the Bethany Survivors Group, at the burial site of children from the Bethany Home in Harold’s Cross, Dublin.  Photograph: Eric Luke

Commission to focus on 14 homes, with report to be completed by 2018

At the Aoife Beary fundraiser at Wesley Club were from left Jennifer Geraghty, Carla Canniffe,  the American Ambassador to Ireland Kevin O’Malley  James Doherty Trisha Doherty, Lucy Geraghty and Eimear O Hoherty. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

‘The more support that we can give them the better,’ US Ambassador Kevin O’Malley

The protest will highlight that Islam is a religion of peace and show that all Muslims in Ireland condemn terrorism. Photograph: Irish Muslim Peace & Integration Council

’Not in Our Name’ protest takes place at 1pm in Dublin on Sunday

Statue of St Teresa, Avila, Castile and Leon, Spain. Photograph: Getty Images

Event commemorates saint born 500 years ago, relic to arrive in Galway on Saturday

Lightning strikes near Cologne’s famed Catholic cathedral – more than 200,000 Germans left the Catholic Church last year. Photograph: Arnd Wiegmann/Reuters

Record numbers renouncing their Christianity attributed to changes in the tax system

An Garda Síochána failed in its duty to investigate allegations of child sexual abuse made by two women against a priest in the Cloyne diocese, the Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission (Gsoc) has found. Photograph : Matt Kavanagh/The Irish Times.

Gsoc says taking action against two members would be moot, as both now retired

Rev Dr William O’Neill, who  had been author of Presbyterian Notes for The Irish Times since 1960.  Photograph: Sara Freund/The Irish Times

Author of Presbyterian Notes for ‘The Irish Times’ since 1960 finishes writing career

Police officers and paramedics attend to a girl who was trapped underneath a car at Ardoyne in Belfast. Photograph: Charles McQuillan/Getty Images.

One officer had ear severed by block, another could have lost finger when bitten at NI parade

Police line up in front of Loyalist protesters on the Crumlin Road in Belfast. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA.

First Minister of NI says it is vital that those involved in riots are ‘held accountable’

Police attend to an injured girl, after rolling the car off her, which had driven into a crowd of people outside Ardoyne in north Belfast. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

Girl hit by car while one officer needed 12 stitches for bite wound in violent protests

Loyalists break through a police barrier as they are prevented from progressing on the return journey towards the controversial Ardoyne flashpoint the Twelfth of July parade on July 13, 2015 in Belfast. Photograph: Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

Orangemen prevented from parading past flashpoint Ardoyne shops in north Belfast

Protestant members of the Orange Order pass the Ardoyne shops in north Belfast on their way to the main parade. Photograph:  Paul Faith/AFP/Getty Images

Boisterous youth chime with more sedate older couples on Orange day out in Belfast

Carmel McDonnell Byrne - far left in a composite photo of her family.

‘In July 1965, my mother abandoned eight children and our lives changed forever’

Breifne Earley who has won the world cycle race and is due to return to his native Co Leitrim on Saturday.

Breifne Earley, who made journey to raise suicide awareness, will end trip in Leitrim

Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht Heather Humphreys will  launch online the entire collection of Catholic parish register microfilms with Taoiseach Enda Kenny. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Almost 300 years of parish registers to be made available by National Library of Ireland

 Fr Tony Flannery said on his website: “We are told that Jesus had four brothers, and an indefinite number of sisters. This does not fit with the church’s need to present Jesus as the Son of God, conceived in a way that is different from other humans, and Mary as the perpetual virgin. So the scholars turned the brothers and sisters into cousins!”

Fr Tony Flannery says scholars turned Jesus’s siblings into cousins to fit church’s view

Men gather at the Anwar-i-Madina Mosque on Talbot Street, Dublin to eat after fasting and praying during Ramadan. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons.

Ramadan in June involves fasting for 20 hours a day: no food, water, smoking or sex

In a word... sex

In 1975, Cardinal Seán Brady conducted canonical investigations into allegations by two teenage boys of abuse by Fr Brendan Smyth. Photograph: Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker

Retired Catholic primate’s role in looking into Brendan Smyth allegations unclear

Climate justice conference told that State ‘sheltering behind intransigent countries’

Mary Robinson: “The latest science makes it clear that the world needs to reach zero carbon emissions globally by 2050 to maximise chances of staying below 2 degrees and to make 1.5 degrees feasible.” Photograph: Mark Stedman/Photocall Ireland

Former president says planet on track to be 4 degrees warmer than pre-industrial levels

Ethiopian pianist and composer Girma Yifrashewa: he says his recital at Farmleigh in Dublin on Wednesday evening will be “very, very special” for him, “very spiritual”.

‘I’ve become someone, from nowhere, through people with big hearts’

People commemorate the Battle of Waterloo at the site in Belgium 200 years after the fact on June 18th, 2015. Seated at centre is a man playing Napoleon Bonaparte.  Photograph: Emmanuel Dunand/AFP/Getty Images

Battle concluded brutalising war, head of Church of Ireland tells Evensong service

International aid agencies and environmental groups have hailed Pope Francis’s “game-changing” message on the need to protect the environment and tackle climate change. Photograph: Maurizio Brambatti.

UN special envoy Mary Robinson says encyclical shows matter is ‘moral issue of our time’

 Cardinal Seán Brady. A brother, sister and their  cousin have appealed against the High Court dismissal of their action against the cardinal.  File  photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Cardinal Brady being sued in personal capacity following role in 1975 inquiry

The Association of Catholics in Ireland said full membership of the church should be extended to those in second relationships. Photograph: Getty Images

Call for significant lay involvement at Synod on the Family in Rome

Bishop Leo O’Reilly is to explore the possibility of having married men as priests and the appointment of women as deacons. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Bishop O’Reilly to discuss allowing priests to marry and appointing female deacons

RTÉ’s The Sunday Game Live presenter Michael Lyster (left) with football panellists Joe Brolly, Colm O’Rourke and Pat Spillane in studio in Croke Park.

Sports broadcaster to have pacemaker fitted after wife used CPR to save his life

Martin tells abuse survivor ‘you’ve touched our hearts, and our hearts are wobbly’

Several of Ireland’s Catholic bishops may be subject to investigation by the new Vatican tribunal announced this week by Pope Francis (above). The tribunal will hold bishops to account where it is claimed they failed to protect children from sexual abuse by priests. Photograph: Filippo Monteforte/AFP/Getty Images

Some bishops faced criticism over handling of clerical child sex abuse claims

 Chris De Burgh performs during the humanist funeral service for Paolo Tullio at Trinity College Dublin, June 11th, 2015. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Humanist ceremony held in crowded Examination Hall at Trinity College Dublin

“If he (a bishop) doesn’t have the right attitude to abuse, or if he doesn’t deal with a case properly and it means a child is not kept safe, then he will have to answer to his own higher authority as well as to civil authority,” said abuse survivor Marie Collins. Photograph: Aidan Crawley/The Irish Times

Tribunal will hold bishops to account for covering up child sex abuse allegations

 Image from a media briefing at the conclusion of the Summer General Meeting of the Irish Bishops’ Conference in Maynooth on June 10th, 2015. Pictured is Archbishop of Armagh and president of the conference Eamon Martin. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Dr Eamon Martin disputes whether bishops used word ‘threat’ over withdrawal of priests

Step to deal with bishops seen as significant achievement by new Commission

The crescent moon above the Dublin Mosque on the South Circular Road. Photograph: David Sleator.

Holocaust survivor to be guest of honour at event at Islamic Centre at Coolmine, Dublin

‘Fr Tom came into our classroom he was animated about Heraclitus. “Lads”, he began, “the philosopher Heraclitus said ‘no man steps in the same river twice’, but . . .”.’ Photograph: Getty Images

‘No one steps in the same river even once’

Expense and inconvenience involved would have one certain outcome: the abandonment of Catholic church weddings by even more couple(...)

 Martin Long,  Catholic bishops’ spokesman, and Bishop Joseph Duffy: in April, Long said that if marriage were extended to same-sex couples, the church might no longer perform the civil aspects of weddings. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Role of priests in civil aspects of wedding ceremonies to be topic at summer meeting

A Royal Mail commemorative stamp from a set marking the 800th anniversary this month of the signing of the Magna Carta in England. Photograph: Royal Mail/PA Wire

Archbishop of Dublin in early 1200s was seminal document’s second named witness

Poet Seamus Heaney:  is buried in a corner of St Mary’s churchyard, under ash and sycamore trees. The Scullions lie between him, his baby brother Christopher, his mother, his father, his two aunts and his sister Anne

Commemorative service for deceased ‘Irish Times’ colleagues in Dublin next Saturday

Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin, who conducted the ceremony at St Patrick’s College, Maynooth at which nine men were ordained deacons. Photograph: Alan Betson

Fourteen ordinations to the Catholic priesthood in Ireland are expected in a year described by college president as ‘remarkable’ (...)

Outgoing Presbyterian moderator Michael Barry. He will be replaced by Rev Dr Ian McNie of Trinity Presbyterian Church in Ballymoney, Co Antrim. Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker

Membership down almost 40% since 1975 as annual General Assembly opens in Belfast

 Archbishop Eamon Martin: The Catholic Church was “not here to impose, but to invite people to a personal relationship with Jesus which, in turn, calls them to conversion and change in their lives.”  Photograph:  Niall Carson/PA Wire

Archbishop Eamon Martin welcomes the raised awareness of issues faced by gay people

Gemma and Triona King: ‘We go on holidays. We go to football matches. We enjoy meeting people in pubs. Our lifestyle doesn’t curtail us.’ Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Identical twins and consecrated virgins Gemma and Triona King are 60 today. Their devout, non-drinking, no-sex lifestyle doesn’t c(...)

 ACP co-founder Fr Tony Flannery said “the day of doctrinaire Catholicism is over in this country. The people are no longer willing to listen to speeches and sermons on morality from the church.”  Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

People ‘no longer willing to listen to speeches and sermons on morality from the church’

President Michael D Higgins recalled that Archbishop Romero was known in El Salvador as “the bishop walks with the people”. Photograph: John Mc Elroy

El Salvador has ‘special place in my heart and my political consciousness’

Patsy McGarry reflects on why his native county voted No to same-sex marriage

A supporter holds a sign reading ‘Thank You - You’re All Invited to the Wedding’ as he celebrates outside Dublin Castle following the result of the same-sex marriage referendum in Dublin on May 23rd, 2015. Photograph: Paul Faith/AFP/Getty Images

The family won the same-sex marriage referendum for gay people

A man closes a window in the wall next to a mural of the late Salvadoran Archbishop Oscar Arnulfo Romero in Panchimalco, on the outskirts of San Salvador. Photograph: Jorge Dan Lopez/Reuters

Óscar Arnulfo Romero was assassinated by a right-wing death squad during Mass in 1980

File photograph of the late Christine Buckley,  co-founder of the Aislinn centre for survivors of institutional abuse. The organisation held a pampering day to mark to sixth anniversary of the publication of the Ryan report. File photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Christine Buckley remembered during day for survivors of institutional abuse

Chair of the Iona Institute board of directors Dr John Murray. Mr Murray has criticised a number of  high-profile Catholics calling for a Yes vote in the same-sex marriage referendum.  Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Dr John Murray says supporters of marriage referendum have rejected their faith

Fr Brendan Hoban, co-founder of the Association of Catholic Priests, said that “come Friday, there’s no middle ground between Yes and No. ‘Maybe’ isn’t on the ballot paper.” Photograph: Alan Betson

Priest ‘unconvinced by many of arguments offered by both sides’

Archbishop Diarmuid Martin: a spokeswoman said it was not his policy “to tell others how to vote”. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Diarmuid Martin stresses ‘people should be informed’ about about same-sex marriage

‘Another matter not discussed in this campaign to date is a theological body of opinion which believes Jesus knowingly acknowledged and blessed a same-sex union.’  Photograph: Getty Images

‘Generally, in a pastoral context, bishops are sensitive to gay people and groups, as are most priests’

Una Davis her son Michael and his partner Georgina arrive at the funeral service of her husband  Derek Davis in Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Seán Davis speaks of ‘overwhelming sense of love’ for father

St Mel’s Cathedral pictured in 1967. Photograph: Getty Images.

Cathedral destroyed by fire on Christmas Day 2009 and reopened last December

Archbishop Diarmuid Martin: Iona Institute director David Quinn said he raised ‘a very important point. The Government plans to protect the right of churches not to celebrate same-sex marriages, but this protection will appear only in legislation, not in the Constitution.’ Photograph: Cyril Byrne / THE IRISH TIMES

Institute commends Catholic Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin for raising concerns

Priests meeting parishioners outside Saint Mary’s Pro Cathedral in Dublin on Sunday. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Spoken to randomly, not many had reservations about saying how they would vote

Bishop Kevin Doran, bishop of Elphin, said: “Every citizen and long-term resident has a vested interest in how society defines and protects marriage and the family founded on marriage”. Photograph: Alan Betson

‘Marriage as understood by the great religious traditions ... is that of man and woman’

Psychologist Dr Maureen Gaffney: “I’ve been deeply troubled by the way the campaign has been run by some elements on the No side.” Photograph: Dave Meehan

Fergus Finlay says quality of parenting the ‘single most important thing for a child’

Dutch psychologist Dr Gerard van den Aardweg , at a press conference organised by the Alliance for the Defence of the Family and Marriage in Dublin. Photograph: Eric Luke

No campaign meeting hears about wealthy organisations, freemasonry and feminism

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