‘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(...)

Fr Tony Flannery said he was very happy with the former president’s remarks. Photograph: Mark Stedman/Photocall Ireland

Former president Mary McAleese’s criticism of the Catholic Church’s stance on gay people have been welcomed by the Association of Catholic Priests and(...)

  Archbishop Diarmuid Martin:   “The children who were abused and their families and dear ones must be uppermost in our minds”.

Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin has said children who were abused by priests must be remembered during any criticisms of the Murphy report.He sai(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny said in Dundalk that Pope Francis was “a very different personality to any of his predecessors. I think he recognises the challenge that faces the church and he is trying to address that in a very different way.” Photograph: AP

Taoiseach Enda Kenny was among those who yesterday welcomed the call by Pope Francis for a new balance within the Catholic Church and greater involvem(...)

Archbishop Diarmuid Martin: He said it was “fairly unusual for a pope to open his heart on so many issues”

  The Catholic Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin said he was “very encouraged” by the words of Pope Francis. “It sets a pastoral(...)

Fr Iggy O’Donovan: “How has it come to this that sincere thinking Catholics are walking away from our Church believing that the battle for sane Catholicism is lost” Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

In a homily delivered in Drogheda this morning Augustinian priest Fr Iggy O’Donovan criticised the role of right-wing Catholics and career-oriented c(...)

Fr Tony Flannery launched  A Question of Conscience today. Photograph: Mark Stedman/Photocall Ireland

A new book by Redemptorish priest Fr Tony Flannery, who was silenced and removed from public ministry by the Vatican last year, is not available in Ve(...)