The meeting of Catholic Priests’ Associations and Reform Groups called on bishops in their respective countries to “courageously and publicly” support the vision and programme of Pope Francis for the church. Photograph: EPA

An international gathering of Catholic Church reform movements has called on bishops to be more pro-active in support of Pope Francis and changes he i(...)

Fr Tony Flannery: will host the Catholic Church reform event. He has been forbidden by the Vatican to exercise his ministry as a priest following articles he wrote for the Redemptorists’ Reality magazine. Photograph: Alan Betson

A major international conference of Catholic Church reform movements will take place in Limerick next week. The International Network of Church Refor(...)

Speaking of Fr Tony Flannery (pictured) Senator Rónán Mullen said “I don’t sympathise with a view that a priest can have whatever theological views they want and expect to continue on in their job”. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

The Association of Catholic Priests has called on Senator Rónán Mullen to apologise to Fr Tony Flannery over remarks he made about him on Newstalk. Th(...)

Redemptorist Fr Tony Flannery: silenced.  Photograph: Alan Betson

The Association of Catholic Priests has written to Pope Francis asking he reverse a decision of the Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Fai(...)

‘They are uplifted by some signs of hope among US bishops –  for instance the Archbishop of Boston Cardinal Seán O’Malley (above), in a recent television interview, stating that the Vatican investigation of the US women religious was a “disaster”.’ Photograph: Franco Origlia/Getty Images

I have recently returned from an 18-city speaking tour in the US, organised by the network of Church Reform movements. They impressed me. Their commit(...)

Swiss Guards at the Vatican. An Extraordinary Synod of Bishops begins in Rome on October 5th.

Traditionalists in Rome’s College of Cardinals have decided to get their revenge in first, so to speak, prior to the Extraordinary Synod of Bishops wh(...)

 ‘Can Pope Francis  bring about the “collegiality” promised by the Second Vatican Council?’ Photograph: Vincenzo Pinto/AFP/Getty Images

When Pope Francis, in Evangelii Gaudium, which came out last November, talked about how “th(...)

Fr Tony Flannery: said his abuser was “long dead. I hope he is at peace.” Photograph: Alan Betson

Fr Tony Flannery, the founder member of the Association of Catholic Priests (ACP) who has been facing criticism over a call to allow priests re-ent(...)

Fr Tony Flannery: “In my talks, I hope to give some historical perspective to the main problems we are facing in the church today.” Photograph: Alan Betson

Fr Tony Flannery is in a much better place these days. He’s back in the family home. Back in the east Galway townland where it all began 67 yea(...)

Sinéad O’Connor and Gerry Buttimer TD at Trinity College Dublin to debate a motion that “The Catholic Church can be salvaged”. O’Connor said Jesus Christ was a “militantly anti-religious man”. Photograph: Dave Meehan

The Catholic Church may be moving to a stage where gay people are no longer treated as “second-class citizens”, Fine Gael TD J(...)