Archbishop Diarmuid Martin: will celebrate the annual Holy Thursday chrism Mass in the Pro- Cathedral at 10am on Thursday.   Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Catholic priests and representatives from every parish in Dublin’s archdiocese will gather with Archbishop Diarmuid Martin for the annual Holy Thursd(...)

Fr Brendan Hoban, from the Association of Catholic Priests. The association has decided not to take a position on the forthcoming same-sex marriage referendum. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

The Association of Catholic Priests has decided not to take a position on the same-sex marriage referendum on May 22nd, and has urged priests not to d(...)

 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(...)

 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(...)

 Archbishop Eamon Martin of Armagh (right) and Archbishop Diarmuid Martin of Dublin pictured  at the Columba Centre in Maynooth on Tuesday where they held a press conference on the Catholic Church’ stance on the forthcoming same sex marriage referendum. Photograph: Collins

The Catholic Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin has refused to say whether Bishop of Elphin Kevin Doran retains his confidence in discussing same se(...)

Being “appalled” is not good enough. Failure by seven out of nine religious congregations operating in the Dublin archdiocese to apply strict oversigh(...)

In a video telling the story of Irish nuns and brothers, Br Kevin Crowley, of the Capuchin Day Centre,  explains his vocation. File photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times.

The success of a video telling the story of Irish nuns has taken religious authorities by surprise, particularly as it has yet to be launched. The fou(...)

Fr Michael Cleary: Dublin priest Fr Arthur O’Neill, in a newsletter last June, described media revelations that Fr Cleary had children as ‘exasperating’ and unproven. Photograph: Frank Miller/ The Irish Times

A Dublin parish priest, rebuked by two Catholic archbishops last June for casting doubt on media reports that Fr Michael Cleary fathered children, has(...)

Archbishop Diarmuid Martin has asked Dublin’s Catholics to take part in parish discussions on the family in advance of a Vatican synod on the subject  in October. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Dublin’s Catholics are being asked to take part in parish discussions on the family to take place in February and March. Archbishop Diarmuid Martin ha(...)

Archbishop Diarmuid Martin greets Shaikh Hussein Halawa, the imam of the Islamic Cultural Centre of Ireland after Mass in the Pro-Cathedral. Photograph: John McElroy.

The need to build “a culture of dialogue and respect’’ was stressed by Archbishop of Dublin Dr Diarmuid Martin at a Mass in the Pro-Cathedral in solid(...)