Cardinal Desmond Connell leaving the press conference following the 2002 egm at St Patrick’s College, Maynooth. Photograph: Eric Luke

One of the most fraught confrontations between senior Catholic Church figures and the Irish media took place on April 8th, 2002. It was at a press con(...)

Pilgrims at the summit of Croagh Patrick, Co Mayo, on Sunday. The annual climb takes place every year on the last Sunday in July. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

When high winds whisked the glass oratory off the tiny church on Croagh Patrick’s summit, John Cummins knew the mountain was in trouble. Cummins, who (...)

 Image from a media briefing at the conclusion of the Summer General Meeting of the Irish Bishops’ Conference in Maynooth on June 10th, 2015. Pictured is Archbishop of Armagh and president of the conference Eamon Martin. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

The Catholic primate has indicated there is to be no change in the role of priests in the civil element of marriages despite the passage of the same-s(...)

The threat to end the role of Catholic priests in solemnising marriage if the same-sex referendum got through should be seen for what it was: a crude (...)

 Martin Long,  Catholic bishops’ spokesman, and Bishop Joseph Duffy: in April, Long said that if marriage were extended to same-sex couples, the church might no longer perform the civil aspects of weddings. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

The Catholic bishops are to gather in Maynooth this week for their summer meeting. It will be the first time they do so collectively since the same-se(...)

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(...)

Joe Duffy, presenter of RTÉ Radio 1’s ‘Liveline’. A complaint has been upheld about an item on the programme that discussed funeral sympathies. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

The broadcasting regulator has upheld a complaint against Radio 1 phone-in show Liveline (...)

The very process of gathering information on the views of people was in the spirit of Pope Francis, said Martin Long, spokesman for the Irish Catholic Bishops’ Conference. Photograph: AP Photo/Tony Gentile

The Association of Catholic Priests (ACP) has criticised a decision by Irish Bishops not to release the results of a Vatican-sponsored questionnair(...)

Former president Mary McAleese has said “a very large number” of Catholic priests are homosexuals

Former president Mary McAleese, who has urged a Scottish cardinal forced to stand down last year to admit publicly that he is gay, has said “a very la(...)