Although Pope Francis has said that women could gain greater power in the church, other comments have been typically atavistic. Photograph: Claudio Peri/EPA

So much for all the cozy hugs and soothing cold calls and fun selfies and humble gestures and talk of mercy, love, inclusion, equality and justice. Po(...)

Who speaks for the Church? Pope Francis in Rome last week with a green parrot given to him by a pilgrim. Photograph:  EPA/Osservatore Romano

Is Pope Francis a liberal or a conservative? Traditionalists in the church, temporarily silenced by the whirlwind that is the new pontiff, are now ral(...)

Fr Brendan Hoban  said he was “not too sure” the nuncio was “the right man to appoint, effectively on his own, a whole phalanx of new bishops, five in the last few months and two others apparently in the pipeline, almost a third of the Irish episcopal bench, as we rather grandly call it”.

The role of papal nuncio Archbishop Charles Brown in the recent appointment of new bishops has been forcefully criticised by founder member of the Ass(...)