Archbishop Diarmuid Martin is not calling for a ‘conscience clause’ in the forthcoming same-sex marriage referendum, but says that a serious discussion is needed on the position of Christians troubled by the issue if the referendum passes. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

The Catholic Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin has not called on the Government to introduce a “conscience clause” exempting Christians from comply(...)

 Bishop Kevin Doran, Bishop of Elphin maintained  that “people who have children are not necessarily parents” and “perhaps in some cases people are gay because of contexts”. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Towards the end of his long reign as Catholic Archbishop of Dublin, from 1940 to 1972, John Charles McQuaid became increasingly shrill in his interven(...)

Archbishop Diarmuid Martin: Pope has “ability to see that truth and mercy are not mutually exclusive”.

Church leaders, or self-appointed church spokespeople, have been warned by the Catholic Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin against using insensitive(...)

Archbishop Diarmuid Martin said: “The failure of any single Church organisation to implement the common norms casts a shadow over the credibility of the entire safeguarding efforts of the Catholic Church.” File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

It was “appalling” that some major religious congregations had delayed in fully implementing the Irish Catholic Church’s child protection guidelines a(...)

The young pregnant woman taken off life support following a High Court decision last Friday was buried today in a cemetery following requiem Mass

The young pregnant woman taken off life support following a High Court decision last Friday was buried on Monday in a cemetery following requiem Mass.(...)

Archbishop Diarmuid Martin made an appeal to parishioners for donations on Decmeber 1st. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Almost as much food was collected in Dublin’s Catholic parishes on the weekend of December 6th and 7th, as in three collections last year. To date, 1(...)

A death in Dublin

The death of John Corrie, who was sleeping in a doorway near Leinster House on Monday night, was a shocking and shaming event. But, as Catholic Archbi(...)

Archbishop Diarmuid Martin. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

The Catholic Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin has appealed to people in parishes to donate food to meet a demand which is even greater now than wa(...)

Archbishop Diarmuid Martin. File photograph: Eric Luke Staff/The Irish Times.

The situation of Catholics who are divorced through no fault of their own, but were still denied Communion, should be among issues addressed by bishop(...)

‘The Church’s teachings on many aspects of morality are being widely ignored. This does not mean that they are considered wrong but that they do not seem to make sense in the modern world.’ above, Pope Francis celebrates a Mass in St Peter’s square on Sunday. Photograph: Tony Gentile/Reuters

Two forthcoming events will be the first real tests of what Pope Francis proposes to do in order to renew and reform the Catholic Church. The first of(...)