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(...)

Fr Iggy O’Donovan: “It is possible to have deep and passionately-held convictions without seeking to have those convictions imposed by the State on fellow citizens who do not share them.” Photograph: Cyril Byrne. 1:51

A Catholic priest has called for a Yes vote in the marriage equality referendum in May on the grounds of “respect for the freedom of others who diffe(...)

Speaking of Fr Tony Flannery (pictured) Senator Rónán Mullen said “I don’t sympathise with a view that a priest can have whatever theological views they want and expect to continue on in their job”. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

The Association of Catholic Priests has called on Senator Rónán Mullen to apologise to Fr Tony Flannery over remarks he made about him on Newstalk. Th(...)

The number of diocesan priests in Ireland dropped from 3,203 in 2002 to 2,800 in 2012, a fall of 403 in the decade. Photograph: David Sleator

The number of Catholic diocesan priests in Ireland dropped 13 per cent in the decade between 2002 and 2012, according to new figures. The fall in (...)

A group representing Irish priests has called for radical measures to be taken by the Catholic bishops to address the current vocations crisis in the Church.  Photograph: Matt Kavanagh/The Irish Times

A group representing Irish priests has called for radical measures to be taken by the Catholic bishops to address the current vocations crisis in the (...)

 Fr Brendan Hoban: a purpose of the Association of Catholic Priests  meeting was to attempt to improve communications with the dioceses. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Problems presented by the declining number of Catholic priests and “enormous dissatisfaction with the new missal” were among i(...)

Fr Brendan Hoban: “Iona was indulging in a form of cheer-leading, the equivalent of urging the hounds to kill the fox – not a happy place to be, especially for the fox”

A founder-member of the Association of Catholic Priests has criticised the Iona Institute for its recent legal actions against RTÉ. “If you cla(...)

Archbishop Diarmuid Martin: He said it was “fairly unusual for a pope to open his heart on so many issues”

  The Catholic Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin said he was “very encouraged” by the words of Pope Francis. “It sets a pastoral(...)

Fr Tony Flannery:  “If they could sideline the current leadership, they would frighten off any others who might take our place, and in this way crush the whole movement.”

Redemptorist priest Fr Tony Flannery said he believes the Vatican’s silencing of him last year was really about dismantling the Association of Catholi(...)

Fr Brendan Hoban  said he was “not too sure” the nuncio was “the right man to appoint, effectively on his own, a whole phalanx of new bishops, five in the last few months and two others apparently in the pipeline, almost a third of the Irish episcopal bench, as we rather grandly call it”.

The role of papal nuncio Archbishop Charles Brown in the recent appointment of new bishops has been forcefully criticised by founder member of the Ass(...)