A photograph of Jimmy Magee at his funeral in  Dublin. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Jimmy Magee would have been “so, honoured, so proud” about the attendance at his funeral, his son Mark Magee said. “He loved people, He loved his fri(...)

Censured priest Fr Brian D’Arcy described his reaction on finding out that his friend Fr Michael Cleary had two children as one of absolute shock. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Censured priest Fr Brian D’Arcy has defended Fr Michael Cleary and Bishop Eamon Casey, who fathered children, as “loving” in their relationships with (...)

Paul Breen’s father Eugene and mother Maureen at a recent wedding.

Everyone who lives outside their own country knows some day they will get the call telling them what they don’t want to hear. This is a call like no o(...)

Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin at Maynooth seminary

Many have been intrigued, if not confused, by the enthusiasm with which some noted traditional Catholics rushed to support Archbishop of Dublin Diarmu(...)

The Marist priest Fr Seán Fagan ‘paid a high price’ for daring to imagine ‘how things could be different’ within the Catholic church, his funeral Mass has been told. File photograph: Getty Images/iStockphoto

The Marist priest Fr Seán Fagan “paid a high price” for daring to imagine “how things could be different” within the Catholic church, his funeral Mass(...)

Fr Seán Fagan was widely admired and respected as a courageous theologian and compassionate pastor.

The late Fr Seán Fagan had his “heart and spirit” broken by the Vatican in the years before he died, former President of Ireland Mary McAleese has sai(...)

Musician Bruce Springsteen played his first Irish concert in 1985. File photograph: Ian West/PA Wire

It was 31 years ago when Bruce Springsteen played his first concert in Ireland and made the front page of The Irish Times. A crowd of more than 65,0(...)

  Fr Tony Flannery: “Anything remotely to do with the church, I am persona non grata.” File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

An Irish priest censured by the Vatican has cast doubts that his future or the futures of other clerics in his situation will improve following last w(...)

Fr Iggy O Donovan says Swiss theologian Hans Küng is ‘hopelessly optimistic’ in perceiving a ‘new freedom’ in the Vatican. Photograph: Cyril Byrne / THE IRISH TIMES

An appeal by dissident theologians for “accountability and transparency” within the Catholic Church’s powerful Congregation For the Doctrine of the Fa(...)

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(...)