Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin. Catholic bishops have not made any decision on whether priests should decline to perform civil aspects of weddings if marriage is extended to same-sex couples following the May 22nd referendum. File photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins Dublin.

Catholic bishops have not made any decision on whether priests should decline to perform civil aspects of weddings if marriage is extended to same-sex(...)

Archbishop Diarmuid Martin said he could not celebrate the light of Christ without thinking of those students in Kenya who were singled out one by one to be killed because of their Christian identity.

Christian students murdered in Kenya on Holy Thursday have been remembered at Easter vigil ceremonies at Dublin’s Pro Cathedral by Archbishop Diarmuid(...)

Sculptor Tim Schmalz with his ‘Homeless Jesus’ bronze. The sculpture is due to arrive in Dublin on Good Friday and will be installed on the grounds of Christ Church Cathedral a week later. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times 2:47

The “Homeless Jesus” sculpture is due to arrive in Dublin on Good Friday and, following clearance by customs, is expected to be installed on the groun(...)

Fr Michael Drumm, chairperson  of the Catholic Schools Partnership (CSP). The CSP has just published new guidelines for religious teaching in Catholic schools. File photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Catholic schools should “take care” not to exceed the 2½ hours reserved in the primary school timetable each week for religious teaching and sacrament(...)

Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin said some bishops at the synod felt the document could have said more on the questions of LGBT people and divorce. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

It will not be possible for the Catholic Church to use certain language concerning LGBT and divorced people following last weekend’s Synod, Archbishop(...)

Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin said an overnight change of doctrine is you say that what was wrong is now right, that is “just not on the cards”. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin has warned against expectations of doctrinal change at the end of the three year long Synod process. Speaking in (...)

Archbishop Diarmuid Martin said the church in Ireland was moving from a more ‘rigorous’ tradition. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

The Catholic Church in Ireland was moving from a rigorous tradition to one that is more lax, the Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin said in Rome tod(...)

A bishop takes a picture with a tablet during a synod of bishops in Paul VI’s hall at the Vatican . Photograph: Max Rossi/Reuters

The Catholic church must listen on a more regular basis to what married couples have to say, the Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin told the extraor(...)

Minister for Education Ruairí Quinn: “The more qualifications you have to be equipped to teach in any school seems to me to make sense.” Photograph: Alan Betson

Teachers seeking to maximise their job prospects would be advised to study religious education, Minister for Education Ruairí Quinn has said at the a(...)

Archbishop Diarmuid Martin said it seemed those who were running mother and baby homes didn’t understand how to look after children.  Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

The Catholic archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin has called for a properly constituted commission to examine issues raised by the discovery of a mass(...)