Pope Francis at St Peter’s Square in the Vatican last month. Restoration to full ministry of priests disciplined by the Vatican will be discussed at a planned meeting between  Catholic bishops and the Association of Catholic Priests.  File photograph: Vincenzo Pinto/AFP/Getty Images

Restoration to full ministry of priests disciplined by the Vatican will be one of the main topics to be discussed at a planned meeting between the Cat(...)

Catholic Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Weekly Mass attendances in Dublin’s Catholic archdiocese are projected to drop by a third over the next 15 years, while the number of priests serving (...)

 Archbishop Diarmuid Martin: “From what I know nobody mentioned in the Murphy report was at a meeting with the commission without a legal person being present.”  Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Bishops and senior clergy criticised over the handling of abuse allegations need to take personal responsibility for their roles, Archbishop Diarmuid (...)

Archbishop Diarmuid Martin: Criticised by leading priest Fr Tony Flannery. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

The Archbishop of Dublin, Diarmuid Martin, “vilified” members of the clergy who were criticised by the Commission of Investigation into the handling o(...)

Auxillary Bishop of Dublin Eamonn Walsh: “Integrity is something with steely courage and love that we all associate with Dermot O’Mahony. And goodness cannot be destroyed.” Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons / The Irish Times

Auxiliary Bishop of Dublin Dermot O’Mahony had been scapegoated after the 2009 Murphy commission report into clerical child abuse in the Dublin archd(...)

Fr Tony Flannery is one of 12 priests who could “no longer remain silent because to do so colludes with the systemic oppression of women within the Catholic Church”. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Twelve Catholic priests have issued a joint statement calling for open discussion on the need for equality for women in the church, including where pr(...)

The Association of Catholic Priests (ACP) should expand its role beyond being a voice of reform and become an agent of reform in the church, its annual general meeting was told. The meeting “recognised that having a Pope who shares much of the vision of the ACP challenges the ACP to move beyond its ‘voice in the wilderness’ role to the more complex process work of bridge building across the church.”

The Association of Catholic Priests (ACP) should expand its role beyond being a voice of reform and become an agent of reform in the church, a meeting(...)

The Department of Education should adopt a uniform approach to its admission policy for denominational and other national schools. The current practic(...)

 Fr Brendan Hoban. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

The vast majority of parents want the present system of school patronage retained, according to Fr Brendan Hoban, a founder member of the Association(...)

 Fr Tony Flannery said on his website: “We are told that Jesus had four brothers, and an indefinite number of sisters. This does not fit with the church’s need to present Jesus as the Son of God, conceived in a way that is different from other humans, and Mary as the perpetual virgin. So the scholars turned the brothers and sisters into cousins!”

Fr Tony Flannery, founding member of the Association of Catholic Priests (ACP), has challenged the belief that Mary, mother of Jesus, was a life-long (...)