It  is wrong to describe a fertilised ovum as a human being. It is a biological reaction. It has no head, no heart, no spine, no consciousness.

It is time we talked about the embryo. Calmly, seriously, rationally. Last week it emerged that scientists at Oregon Health and Science University h(...)

Bishop Kevin Doran: said that he had not been talking about the proposed new National Maternity Hospital at St Vincent’s in Dublin when he spoke to the Sunday Times, but, rather, had spoken “in general terms”. Photograph: Alan Betson

Bishop Kevin Doran may have been speaking “in general terms” last Sunday about healthcare provision in Catholic-run institutions, but he accurately re(...)

‘The most intriguing thing about the  row was that it all played out in the medium preferred by teenagers and 20 somethings - phone messaging’

The most intriguing thing about the huge row that erupted between the most senior figures in the National Maternity Hospital is that it was all played(...)

 Bishop Kevin Doran (left) said he did not specifically mention the National Maternity Hospital in his comments to the Sunday Times newspaper. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

The Catholic Bishop of Elphin has clarified comments attributed to him in a weekend newspaper article about the patronage of the new National Maternit(...)

Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin said he would no longer send seminarians to Maynooth because of ‘strange goings-on’ at the college. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Fourteen of the 26 Catholic diocesan bishops in Ireland have so far indicated they will continue to send seminarians to Maynooth, with some saying the(...)

Scenes at the St Patrick’s Day parade in Mountbellew, Co Galway. Photograph: Ray Ryan

Massive numbers have been attending St Patrick’s Day festivities around Ireland, helped along by sunshine and relatively excellent weather in many par(...)

Minister for Education Jan O’Sullivan said this week that she planned to repeal “rule 68”, which states that religious instruction is “by far the most important part” of the school curriculum. Photograph: Eric Luke

It has not been a good week for the bishops. As they see it the State is insinuating itself into areas of ethos as stealthily as the Shannon has into (...)

Many years ago, Percy French wrote a song about the West Clare Railway which, though it may not have been fast or comfortable, seems to have been a ki(...)

Bishop Kevin Doran of Elphin has said Catholic parishes in Ireland may go beyond the pope’s call to house one refugee family and take in two. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Catholic parishes in Ireland may go beyond calls by Pope Francis to house a refugee family and take two each, Bishop of Elphin Kevin Doran has said. (...)

From left: the Very Rev Arfon Williams, the Prince of Wales, the Duchess of Cornwall, Mary McAleese, Martin McAleese, and Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan, at  WB Yeats’s grave. Photograph:  Brian Lawless/PA

In the tiny church of Drumcliffe under bare Ben Bulben’s head, tributes were paid to many lives lost in conflict as Prince Charles and the Duchess of (...)