Executive chairman of the Catholic Schools Partnership  Fr Michael Drumm said there was a role for Catholic schools to be ‘relevant as a counter-cultural voice’. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

The educational office of the Catholic Bishops is encouraging its schools to be more assertive in upholding religious values to avoid becoming “secula(...)

The National Board for Safeguarding Children  has now reviewed child protection practices in all 26 Catholic dioceses in Ireland, as well as those of eight religious congregations and two missionary societies. Photograph: Christian Hartmann/Reuters

The number of clerical child abuse allegations of a physical, emotional or sexual nature received by the Catholic Church child protection watchdog - t(...)

Ian Elliott said Church bodies were undermining the work of the NBSC by consistently cutting funding. Photograph Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Amnesty International has expressed concern at claims that the Catholic Church’s child protection watchdog is being undermined through funding (...)

  Fr Tim Bartlett, second from left, who steps down today from his primary role as assistant to Primate of All Ireland Cardinal Seán Brady. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Fr Tim Bartlett, who has played a hugely influential role in the Irish Catholic Church this past 10 years, steps down today from his primary role as a(...)

Cardinal Sean Brady: “We are not becoming complacent. Vigilance is the operative word at all times, attentiveness and compassion to all concerned.”  Photograph: Frank Miller

The Towards Healing helpline for survivors of clerical child abuse can be contacted today and tomorrow 11am to 1am at freephone 1800-303416 from Irela(...)

Bishop Noel Treanor (left) and Bishop Anthony Farquhar during a service for members of the Filipino community, following Typhoon Haiyan, at St Vincent de Paul parish in Belfast yesterday. Photograph: Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press

A self-appointed review of its own child safeguarding practices by the Catholic diocese of Down and Connor has been greeted with surprise by the Churc(...)

Thousands of people gather to demand legislation on abortion after the death of Savita Halappanavar at Merrion Square, Dublin last November. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

The organisation representing religious congregations in Ireland has described the absence of a free vote on the abortion Bill as a “hallmark of a (...)