“We want Jack!” roared the enormous crowd. They had sweated in the June heat for hours and it wasn’t to see preening ministers and councillors.

Yes we all partied. Excessively, some may have said. Lost the run of ourselves and celebrated too much, according to others. People went mad, it’s (...)

The culture of child protection is not evenly embedded across the Catholic Church and remains a cause for concern, Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Marti(...)

“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

The new Vatican tribunal created by Pope Francis to deal with bishops who fail to protect children from being sexually abused by priests should deal r(...)

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

Meet Gemma and Triona King, identical twins and consecrated virgins who celebrate their 60th birthday today. Both women have been pioneers all thei(...)

 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 said the hostel is “taking people who are reasonably stable, to get them out of the really rough places. One lad had been stabbed. If they have an address they can get a job. They can be clean. They can come in and out during the day.”  Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Patrick is 33, from Dún Laoghaire and “ashamed to say I was using [heroin] since I was 11, selling since 12.” He has been sleeping rough for years “in(...)

Cardinal Seán Brady: for the past four years the child abuse issue cast a shadow over his tenure at the top of the Catholic Church in Ireland. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

What was striking yesterday was the warmth and affection with which so many church leaders and others spoke of Cardinal Seán Brady. A naturally hum(...)

Drag queen Panti Bliss (AKA Rory O’Neill) has been nominated to complete the Ice Bucket Challenge by two Dublin-based Redemptorist priests. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times.

Two Catholic priests have undertaken the Ice Bucket Challenge and nominated the Catholic Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin, papal nuncio Archbishop(...)

‘Dr Donald Caird’s  first curacy in east Belfast in the 1950s brought him face to face with the working-class community of the shipyards.’  Photograph: Jack McManus

If “the child is the father of the man” we may trace influences in Donald Caird’s career to his schooldays in Wesley College in the 1940s. Following a(...)

Cardinal Seán Brady. Photograph: Eric Luke

The sole clerical abuse survivor on the Vatican’s new Commission for the Protection of Minors, Marie Collins, says she hopes Catholic Primate Cardina(...)