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Bishop of Cloyne William Crean: ‘The Catholic Church’s goal is . . . not to control, but to serve.’ Photograph: Catholic Communications Office/PA Wire.

Those who predict the demise of the Catholic Church in Ireland because of clerical sex abuse scandals are mistaken, a bishop has said. Bishop of Clo(...)

With the retirement of three priests there this year, eight of the 53 parishes in Kerry are now without a resident priest. Photograph: iStock

Decisions by bishops to do with a shortage of priests should involve the lay people directly affected, a senior member of the Association of Catholic (...)

The Taoiseach’s remarks “will awaken and give a focus to the sleeping giant of traditional Catholicism”. Photograph: Tom Honan

The recent Dáil exchange in which Taoiseach Leo Varadkar compared Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin to “one of those parish priests who preaches from (...)

Dr Fintan Gavin

The Catholic Church must reach out to those on the margins and those who have lost their faith if it is to be an authentic Christian community, the ne(...)

A death notice for Valerie French Kilroy said she was ‘loved and missed by her heartbroken family’

It is a time of “immense trauma” for family and friends of Valerie French Kilroy whose body was found at her home in Co Mayo last Friday, the Church o(...)

A view of the 1916 Proclamation at  Trinity College. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

It is a peculiarity of Irish life that an independence sought for so long and at such cost is not celebrated. Of the 20 or so nations which achieved t(...)

On Sunday, Pope Francis called for the eradication of child sex abuse “from the face of the earth”, saying “behind this there is Satan.” Yet concrete measures he called for to combat it have amounted to relatively little. Photograph:  Handout/AFP/Getty Images

It was that other Pope, 18th century English poet Alexander Pope, who said: “words are like leaves; and where they most abound, much fruit of sense be(...)

Pope Francis celebrates Mass at the Vatican to conclude the summit of Catholic leaders  on preventing clerical sexual abuse and protecting children. Photograph: Giuseppe Lami/Pool Photo via AP

Clerical child sexual abuse survivors in Ireland and abroad have reacted with disappointment to the four-day meeting at the Vatican on the protection (...)

Mother and Baby Homes Commission of Investigation chairperson  Judge Yvonne Murphy. Photograph: Eric Luke

The Mother and Baby Homes Commission of Investigation is to seek an extension of one year before publishing its final report, which was due next mont(...)

The seafront in Youghal. The town’s war dead have been commemorated. Photogrph: David Sleator

About 200 men from the greater Youghal area who died in the first World War and the second World War have been honoured and remembered with the unveil(...)

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