The number of diocesan priests in Ireland dropped from 3,203 in 2002 to 2,800 in 2012, a fall of 403 in the decade. Photograph: David Sleator

The number of Catholic diocesan priests in Ireland dropped 13 per cent in the decade between 2002 and 2012, according to new figures. The fall in (...)

A group representing Irish priests has called for radical measures to be taken by the Catholic bishops to address the current vocations crisis in the Church.  Photograph: Matt Kavanagh/The Irish Times

A group representing Irish priests has called for radical measures to be taken by the Catholic bishops to address the current vocations crisis in the (...)

Pope Francis is believed to have intervened directly with the Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF) to have all sanctions on silenced Irish priest Fr Sean Fagan (86) lifted.

Pope Francis is believed to have intervened directly with the Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF) to have all sanctions (...)

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 Brendan Hoban: a purpose of the Association of Catholic Priests  meeting was to attempt to improve communications with the dioceses. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Problems presented by the declining number of Catholic priests and “enormous dissatisfaction with the new missal” were among i(...)

In the letter the pope is urged to take steps to appoint more women to church leadership positions. Photograph: Franco Origlia/Getty Images

Leaders of 52 organisations from Europe, the United States and Asia working for reform(...)

Fr Brendan Hoban: “Iona was indulging in a form of cheer-leading, the equivalent of urging the hounds to kill the fox – not a happy place to be, especially for the fox”

A founder-member of the Association of Catholic Priests has criticised the Iona Institute for its recent legal actions against RTÉ. “If you cla(...)

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(...)

Priests’ association surveys Irish Catholics’ attitudes to church teaching. Photograph: Getty Images

A survey by the Association of Catholic Priests (ACP) of attitudes to church teaching among Irish Catholics has found just 5 per cent believe teaching(...)

The confraternity was established at Knock Shrine (above) on October 17th last and adopted Our Lady of Knock, St Patrick, St Oliver Plunkett and St John Vianney as its patrons. Photograph: Alan Betson

A new organisation for priests is to hold its first meeting in Knock, Co Mayo next month. The Irish Confraternity of Catholic Clergy said speakers wou(...)