Catholic bishops in Northern Ireland welcomed proposed laws which make it clear religious bodies cannot be compelled to be involved with same-sex marriages. File photograph: iStock

North’s Catholic bishops say no religious body should be ‘compelled’ to endorse gay marriage

Mary McAleese: in a letter to The Irish Times, the former president, Prof David Ford and poet Micheal O’Siadhail praised the courage of the women who came forward. Photograph: Tom Honan for The Irish Times

Former president offers praise and support for victims of charity’s founder Jean Vanier

The Jewish Representative Council of Ireland plans to write to every member of the new Dáil and Seanad to highlight the risk of anti-Semitism. Photograph: Alan Betson/ The  Irish Times

Parties should adopt internationally-recognised working definition, says representative body

Jean Vanier, founder of the L’Arche and Faith & Light charities, died last May. Photograph: Steve Schapiro/Getty Images

Founder of disability charity L’Arche abused six women and maintained link to disgraced mentor

Mairead Boland-Brabazon,  CEO of L’Arche Ireland: ‘People are very shocked and really disappointed.’  Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Jean Vanier revelations spark concern over charity's finances

L’Arche International, which assists people with intellectual disabilities and has four centres in Ireland, was founded by Jean Vanier. Photograph: Getty Images.

Diarmuid Martin reacts to findings of report on late disabilities network founder Jean Vanier

The Muslim Council of Britain has criticised Ryanair chief executive Michael O’Leary for his remarks. File photograph: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

‘You can’t say stuff, because it’s racism, but it will generally be males of a Muslim persuasion’

Jean Vanier died last May aged 90. Photograph: Justin Tallis/AFP via Getty

Source calls report’s findings into Jean Vanier ‘devastating, just bloody devastating’

A report to be published on Tuesday has found L’Arche founder Jean Vanier was implicated in the sexual abuse of women.

L’Arche, which helps people with intellectual disabilities, has four communities in Ireland

A vegan diet can lead to deficiency in the vitamin B-12, calcium and vitamin D.
In a Word . . .

. . . vegan. Patsy McGarry

The pupils of Kildare Place School sing Christmas carols at the 2019 Black Santa sit-out at St Ann’s Church, Dawson Street, Dublin which raised €45,000 for charity. File photograph: Alan Betson/ The Irish Times

Fifteen charities to benefit from fund-raiser outside St Ann’s church in Dublin

Archdeacon of Belfast George Davison (55) has been elected as bishop of Connor

Church’s House of Bishops to meet to elect new archbishop and primate of All Ireland

The late Fr Godfrey O’Donnell (80) was ordained a Romanian Orthodox priest in February 2004 by His Eminence the Metropolitan Iosif.

A Jesuit who left the Catholic priesthood to marry, he was then drawn to Orthodoxy

In a Word . . .

. . . youth

In a sermon to mark World Day of the Sick this week Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin said ‘we live in an Ireland marked by a strange incongruence’. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Politicians must be held to account for promises made during election campaign

The Dublin catholic archdiocese has advised Mass goers to avoid shaking hands at the Sign of Peace to avoid spread of viruses. Photograph: iStock.

Shaking of hands, taking of Communion on tongue and visiting sick not recommended

The Pope urged bishops to pray for more priestly vocations. Photograph: iStock.

Ireland facing spiritual ‘famine’ because of lack of priests, says priest

President Michael D Higgins at Cabra library on Tuesday. Photograph: Alan Betson

Most will be available to the public to borrow at libraries throughout the country

President Michael D Higgins has expressed confidence that a way will be found through the unclear political picture that has emerged following the general election.  Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire.

‘At the appropriate time people will visit me in the Áras and I will give my blessing for however long it lasts’

The Irish Catholic Church has been likened by a priest to an old car that has gone off the road and ‘sunk into the bog and is stuck’. File photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times.

Institution likened to an old car that has gone off the road and ‘sunk into a bog and is stuck’

Former president Mary McAleese. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times.

Ex-president tells UN 150% rise in homelessness after 2013 pledge to resolve problem ‘hard to credit’

A vegan diet can lead to deficiency in the vitamin B-12, calcium and vitamin D.
In a Word . . .

. . . novel. Patsy McGarry

In a Word: Rejoice

On James Joyce’s birthday we can rejoice in the power of language to gladden our hearts

Fr Vincent Twomey: ‘Repentance begins with the courageous facing-up to the past and the frank acknowledgment of wrongdoing.’

Fr Vincent Twomey called for annual Day of Reparation so clergy might repent for abuses

A homeless man eats food provided by Feed Our Homeless charity at College Green in Dublin, earlier this month. Photograph: Damien Eagers

Catholic bishop says homelessness a scandal, Methodists support call for housing as a right

While in Kildare town, Fr Paul Dempsey began writing weekly articles for the Leinster Leader and hosting a programme on Kildare FM. Photograph: Newbridge Catholic Parish

Fr Paul Dempsey called in the past for a ‘national gathering’ on the Church’s future

Holocaust survivor and former prisoner of  Nazi death camp Auschwitz-Birkenau, Miriam Ziegler, shows a picture of her  and other prisoners taken in January 1945, at the camp museum  on Sunday, one day before the 75th anniversary of its liberation. Photograph: Wojtek Radwanski/AFP/Getty

President to attend 75th anniversary of liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau Nazi camp

Maurice Cohen (left), chair of the Jewish Representative Council of Ireland, pictured with President Michael D Higgins.

Chair of Jewish Representative Council of Ireland attended event in Jerusalem

 Dr Catherine Day, chair of the Citizens’ Assembly on Gender Equality, addressing the opening session at Dublin Castle. Photograph: Alan Betson

Public policy, gender roles in work and care and sharing of responsibilities to be debated

In a Word...

...crib. Patsy McGarry

A vegan diet can lead to deficiency in the vitamin B-12, calcium and vitamin D.
In a Word . . .

. . . crib

Trócaire has outlined five priority areas for the next Government including championing the Paris Agreement on climate change. Photograph: Kim Haughton

‘It is important that global issues feature in the election debate’, says agency

A Catholic bishop has warned against a new culture in Ireland ‘which is trying to undo the truths of the entire Judeo-Christian system from the ground up’. File photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times.

Phonsie Cullinan says about 90% of ‘our people’ not regularly attending church

The Society of St Vincent de Paul (SVP) has called on all general election candidates to agree that the next Dáil and Seanad will be committed to eliminating poverty in Ireland. File photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times.

Charity wants would-be TDs to engage with the marginalised and take stand against racism

The churches said ‘the trauma of homelessness and housing insecurity could be prevented’ if society is prepared to ensure ‘the economy serves the common good and respects and protects the dignity of all’. File photograph: PA

‘The State built 8,500 social houses in 1975, but was able to build only 750 two years ago’

The UK shipping forecast celebrated its 150th anniversary in 2017 and has been broadcast for almost 100 years.

Litany of names in shipping forecast soothes some but can irritate others

The Garda Memorial Garden at Dublin Castle features a sculpture which is “a tribute to all deceased members” of An Garda, the RIC and the DMP. Photograph: excellentstreetimages.com

Controversy released was a lava of emotion erupting from deep within the innards of this State and most of its political parties

Benedict, when he was pope, in 2005. Photograph: Reuters/Max Rossi

‘Questions over whether he is completely in charge of his faculties’

Former pope Benedict XVI: Was it a mistake to allow Benedict retain the title Pope Emeritus and continue to wear the white cassock peculiar to popes?  Photograph: Getty Images

The former pope has offered support to conservatives in the church who oppose changes mooted by Pope Francis

Jason Evert was due to speak at the ‘Incite 2020’ student retreat event. File photograph: Alan Betson

US preacher was due to speak in UCD and Blackrock College

In a Word . . .

. . . Boxing

At Tuam the fifth interim report found that scientific analysis on underground chambers  'suggests that at least some of the chambers in which human remains were found were at some stage used to receive sewage'.

Exceptional length and general election flagged as reasons that could stall publication

In a Word . . .

. . . journey

Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin: “Lack of respect for difference can undermine even peaceful societies. Fear of the immigrant can be exploited in terms that support narrow populism.” File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Fear of immigrants can be exploited in terms to support narrow populism says archbishop

Tom Young, Chairman of Cunamh, the Catholic Adoption Agency. Photograph: Dave Meehan

Under proposed legislation all such services will be vested solely in State agencies

Published on the Facebook page of Tullamore parish on Christmas Eve the message said: “The process of IVF damages embryonic stem cells and thus life and is therefore completely, clearly and totally incompatible with our Catholic faith.” File photograph: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

Facebook message from Tullamore parish described as ‘extremely hurtful’ by Simon Harris

Former Irish Times journalist, historian, and student of theology Dr Brendan Ó Cathaoir (78), died following a long illness at the Blackrock clinic in Dublin on Sunday evening.

President Michael D Higgins leads tributes to author of Famine Diaries

The Tullamore parish Facebook post drew numerous  comments, the great majority from women, strongly criticising the message and calling for the author to be identified. File image: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

Facebook page of Tullamore’s Catholic parish in Offaly was taken down amid criticism

Archbishop of Dublin Michael Jackson: Politics and their cruelty are part of our adult life and they affect children and young people. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

Increasingly hatred, racism, and a creeping anti–Semitism, are part of this world

In a Word . . .

. . . celebration

In 2018, former president Mary McAleese revealed that Cardinal Sodano tried to secure agreement that Ireland would not attempt to access church documents surrounding the handling of allegations of clerical sex abuse then underway. Photograph: Franco Origlia/Getty Images/Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

Mary McAleese described encounter with Angelo Sodano as ‘devastating moment’

Phrases in  hymns such  “a calm, bright and holy night” and “a child so tender and mild” were “holy smoke to most people today”. Photograph: Getty Images

Ten most used hymns have words and phrases ‘unhelpful or meaningless even to thoughtful believers’

“Nobody sees Santa Claus, but that does not mean there is no Santa Claus.”
In a Word: Wish

Like many of the things most real to us, wishes have never been seen by anybody

Cúnamh’s 10,500 files have now been transferred to the Adoption Authority of Ireland. Photograph: Getty Images

Legislative changes will vest all future legal rights and responsibilities for information and trace services solely in State agen(...)

Fr Michael Mullaney,  president of St Patrick’s College Maynooth (pictured), said a new language of racism  has emerged in Irish  public and political discourse. Photograph: Maynooth College.

Fr Michael Mullaney says hostility being stoked towards the ‘other’ in public discourse

Pope Francis in July approved the miracle needed for the archbishop’s beatification.

Concern raised about evangelist Fulton Sheen’s handling of clerical child-abuse claims

The GPO crib: ‘The wise men (and the Bible never tells us how many of them there were) do not take their place until the Epiphany (January 6th). Photograph: Nick Bradshaw for The Irish Times

Christmas cribs overcrowded, with several characters arriving too early, says bishop

The Age Friendly Ireland Programme aims to future-proof society for growth in the ageing population across all sectors. Photograph: iStock

State’s 31 local authorities deemed among global best at catering for older people

The UN recognised ageing population growth as one of the most distinctive demographic events of the 20th century and it will remain a priority throughout the 21st century. Photograph: iStock

UN recognises ageing as one of key demographics of 20th and 21st centuries

A vegan diet can lead to deficiency in the vitamin B-12, calcium and vitamin D.

Lemass was taoiseach, everything was changing, when we moved to Ballaghaderreen

The statue was damaged in June.

Reward being offered by Tipperary parish for information on missing piece of figure

Senator David Norris: ‘What has happened in Northern Ireland is quite extraordinary. The tail is wagging the dog.’ Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Call comes after two men dismissed from Church duties after marrying same-sex partners

Archbishop Diarmuid Martin: ‘the Christian of every generation is called to be awake and attentive to where society is slipping into wrong ways.’ Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill/The Irish Times

Racism is nasty in its effects on men and women who need help, care, and respect

There are other issues which haven’t been fully ventilated. Mr Justice Sean Ryan alluded to one of these when saying that religious congregations may complain about “a barrage of criticism on the basis of unproven or extravagant or extreme . . . allegations” which may be contained within the records but did not feature in the commission’s final report in 2009. Photograph: AP

Some abuse survivors want files opened while others are terrified about revelations

A vegan diet can lead to deficiency in the vitamin B-12, calcium and vitamin D.
In a Word . . . Charity

Abuse survivor Marie Collins says of the Murphy report, published 10 years ago today: “Ordinary Catholics who had felt their church was under an unjustified attack were shown that victims were telling the truth which changed the the attitude to clerical abuse in this country.” Photograph: Reuters/Alessandro Bianchi .

Landmark inquiry ‘changed attitude to clerical abuse’

Pope Francis at the celebration for 2018 Festival of Families, at Croke Park, Dublin. Media coverage of clerical abuse  and the publicity leading up to the visit impacted those abused as children. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Trend of decline reversed as claims rose by six to 20 in 2017, Dublin Archdiocese says

Justice Seán Ryan said ‘it appears that the total given in the report was derived by adding the yearly figures for the population in the institutions but that did not take account of the fact that children were counted in each year of detention’. Photograph: Peter Morrison/AP

Number of children who went through institutions investigated by Ryan Commission is about a quarter of 170,000 previously cited

Chancellor-elect of Trinity College Dublin, former president Prof Mary McAleese, with husband, Chancellor of Dublin City University Dr Martin McAleese, who both attended Dublin’s St Patrick’s Cathedral on Saturday night. File photograph: Laura Hutton

‘We have to create new narrative around a reconciled Ireland where everyone is welcome’

Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby at the official launch of the  national programme to mark  the 150th anniversary of the disestablishment of the Church of Ireland as a state church, in St Patrick’s Cathedral, Dublin, on Saturday. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Archbishop Justin Welby does not wish to talk of Gafcon ‘as though they were the enemy’

Annie West has condemned “a recent instruction” from rector Isaac Hanna that as soon as the organist  is married he is no longer welcome at Drumcliffe or Munninane churches.

Drumcliffe clergy told musician ‘one of the kindest . . . faithful servants of the church’

A vegan diet can lead to deficiency in the vitamin B-12, calcium and vitamin D.
In a Word . . . Health

Funeral of Níall Tóibín in Mount Argus, Dublin. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Late star knew his demons and knew his gifts, says Mass celebrant Fr Brian D’Arcy

Bishop-elect Rev Andrew Forster (left) interviews bishop-elect Archdeacon David McClay (right) and Canon David Brown at Willowfield Church, Belfast.

Conservative clergy elected amid opposition to women bishops and same-sex marriage

Revd Andrew McCroskery, one of the signatories. Others include former head of the Theological Institute in Dublin Canon John Bartlett; Dean of Dublin Dermot Dunne; Dean of Waterford Maria Jansson. File photograph: Dave Meehan

Letter claims David McClay’s membership of Gafcon group ‘antithetical’ to new role

In a Word . . .

. . . hangover

Fr Bernárd Lynch: ‘I flew to Ireland in the summer of 1982 to tell my parents that I would be dead by the end of the year.’ Photograph: Eric Luke

Gay priest Fr Bernárd Lynch argues sexuality is ‘total, ecstatic self-transcendence’

National Maternity Hospital  at the St Vincent’s University Hospital campus, shown in the graphic above

Health Minister says all outstanding issues have to be resolved before substantial building work begins

 Rev Prof Declan Marmion, Dean of the Faculty of Theology at St Patrick’s College, Maynooth, Rev Prof Michael Mullaney, president,  and Rev Dr Tomás Surlis,  pro-rector of the seminary at Saint Patrick’s College, Maynooth. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

Senior figures at St Patrick’s College say Diarmuid Martin ‘not someone you can ignore’

Rev Prof Declan Marmion, dean of theology, Rev Prof Michael Mullaney, president  Saint Patrick’s College, Maynooth and Fr Tomás Surlis pro-rector of Maynooth seminary. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Celibate gay men welcome in priesthood say senior Irish church figures

A vegan diet can lead to deficiency in the vitamin B-12, calcium and vitamin D.
In a Word: Airport

Former president Mary McAleese said Brexit was a 'lesson in how not to go about radical constitutional change'. File photograph: Tom Honan

Former president says any border poll would require less emotional, more cerebral debate

What Gay Byrne’s upbringing produced in him, particularly when younger, was a very strait-laced, uptight man, something he recognised humorously in later life

Byrne was the creation of two immovable forces of the mid-20th century – mother and church

Sr Joan Chittister  and former president Mary McAleese in conversation at Trinity College Dublin. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Ex-president also criticises Pope John Paul teaching and bishop’s yoga comments

In a Word....

.....Waiting. Patsy McGarry

The election for chancellor of TCD closed on Wednesday night and Mary McAleese’s name was the only one put forward. Photograph: Tom Honan/The Irish Times.

Former president, whose husband is chancellor of DCU, succeeds Mary Robinson in TCD role

A spokeswoman for the Dublin archdiocese said the proposed changes were about bringing funeral payments “into line with statutory requirements”. Stock photograph: Getty Images

Increase to €400 represents advance of 54% since 2018 in Catholic Church fees

Fr Bernárd Lynch: will receive the Distinguished Service Award for the Irish Abroad.  Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Fr Bernárd Lynch best known for his work with Aids victims in New York and London

Dillon Nolan, social work masters student at Maynooth University was among those attending  Focus Ireland’s Ending Youth Homelessness conference in the RDS,  Dublin on Thursday. Sasko Lazarov/Photocall Ireland

Conference hears call for radical change in how youth homelessness is addressed

Archbishop of Dublin and Primate of Ireland Diarmuid Martin. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Diarmuid Martin says ‘negativity and polarisation’ not way to defend Church teaching

Campaigners take part in a march in Belfast city centre demanding same-sex marriage in Northern Ireland. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

New laws in North will see further divisions emerge as attitudes harden within church

Desmond Connell in 2001. Photograph: PA

It was 2001, Desmond Connell was about to get the red hat, and we Irish media were locked out

A Halloween bonfire in Jobstown, 2017. Photograph: Dave Meehan

In a September during our teens a gang of us took part in cleaning up an old graveyard

Phil Coulter at the launch of his book, Bruised Never Broken, with broadcaster Eamon Dunphy who said the book was ‘fantastic’. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

History has proven that Ireland’s Call ‘has ticked the box it was supposed to tick’

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