Minister for Education Jan O’Sullivan said this week that she planned to repeal “rule 68”, which states that religious instruction is “by far the most important part” of the school curriculum. Photograph: Eric Luke

It has not been a good week for the bishops. As they see it the State is insinuating itself into areas of ethos as stealthily as the Shannon has into (...)

Sister Eugene Nolan

One of two nuns on the board of the Mater hospital in Dublin has stressed it “won’t be performing abortions” following the introduction of the Protect(...)

 Fr Kevin Doran:   ‘The issue is broader than just abortion. What’s happening is the Minister is saying hospitals are not entitled to have an ethos.’ Photograph: Moya Nolan

The Mater hospital in Dublin “cannot comply” with the Protection of Life During Pregnancy Act and cannot carry out abortions, a member of its board of(...)