Fr PJ Byrne’s death  anticipates the passing of a generation of diocesan priests who emerged in the years after Vatican II, full of the enthusiasm and anxious to make a difference in the lives of their parishioners.

On February 7th, the parish priest of Kilcock and Newtown in Co Kildare, Fr PJ Byrne, died suddenly. Earlier he had travelled to witness a Kildare vic(...)

Catholic Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Weekly Mass attendances in Dublin’s Catholic archdiocese are projected to drop by a third over the next 15 years, while the number of priests serving (...)

The Department of Education should adopt a uniform approach to its admission policy for denominational and other national schools. The current practic(...)

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

The vast majority of parents want the present system of school patronage retained, according to Fr Brendan Hoban, a founder member of the Association(...)

The threat to end the role of Catholic priests in solemnising marriage if the same-sex referendum got through should be seen for what it was: a crude (...)

 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

The Same-sex Marriage Referendum was “an unmitigated disaster” for the Catholic Church in Ireland, Fr Brendan Hoban, co-founder of the Association of (...)

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

A prominent Catholic priest has called on people to take Church of Ireland advice when it comes to voting in the same sex referendum. Fr Brendan Hoban(...)

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

Catholic Archbishop Diarmuid Martin of Dublin has declined to comment on the position of those Catholics who may vote Yes in Friday’s same-sex marr(...)

Martin Long, director of the Catholic Communications Office said: “At the moment on behalf of the State, the priest acts as the solemniser of the marriage between a woman and a man”

Ireland’s Catholic bishops spokesman has said the church may no longer perform the civil aspects of weddings if marriage is extended to same-sex coup(...)

 Fr Brendan Hoban   of the Association of Catholic Priests.  “Haranguing them into voting No in the referendum, regardless of the substance of the arguments . . . will have the effect of driving more and more of them out of the church. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Gay people remain fair game among those “issues” deemed worthy of struggles with conscience by our churches. Other faiths, too. So Anglicans worldw(...)