The ACP said it had seen an increase in the number of complaints about the way some bishops are treating some priests. Photograph: iStock

The Association of Catholic Priests (ACP) has thrown down the gauntlet to some Irish bishops and archbishops “who fail to live up to their responsibil(...)

Fr Tony Flannery accused Archbishop of Tuam Michael Neary (pictured above) of lacking ‘ordinary human compassion’. Photograph: James Forde

Archbishop of Tuam Michael Neary has disputed a claim that he refused permission for Fr Tony Flannery to celebrate the funeral Mass for his sister Ger(...)

Communions and Confirmations are not meant to be school events or social occasions but rather a personal declaration of Catholic faith. Photograph: iStock

Sometimes there are traditions that are so deep-rooted in our practice that we do not even question them. Ireland is unusual in that there still exist(...)

Fr Seán McDonagh, co-founder of Association of Catholic Priests. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Every Catholic parish “needs to set up a climate change committee and work with other Churches and other religions to address this critical issue of o(...)

The Association of Catholic Priests says the model whereby the bulk of preparation for First Communion and Confirmation takes place in school ‘is no longer fit for purpose’. Photograph: iStock

The pattern of celebrating both First Communion and Confirmation has been “troubling” for many priests and people in recent years, the Association of(...)

A spokesman for the Catholic bishops, said last week there was no centralised policy or approach to Communions and Confirmations. File photograph: Getty

The decision by some Catholic bishops to defy public health advice by allowing First Holy Communions and Confirmations to take place in their dioceses(...)

Fr Gerry O’Connor of the Association of Catholic Priests: ‘The beauty of a blessing is that it recognises no barriers and no distance.’ Photograph: iStock

The Vatican statement last week sustaining a ban on same-sex blessings has drawn further criticism in Ireland, with Fr Gerry O’Connor of the Associati(...)

Tim Hazlewood said he blessed a piece of shamrock last week, so why wouldn’t he bless the union of a loving couple? Photograph: iStock

Co Cork priest Tim Hazlewood has said that he would bless the union of same sex couples. Reacting after a Vatican document published on Monday sustain(...)

Mary McAleese spoke of the document’s ‘unbearably vicious language which can only have brought more heartache to our gay children and to us their families’. File photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Former president Mary McAleese has criticised Pope Francis as a populist who raises expectations only to dash them, following a Vatican document publi(...)

 Eamon Martin the Archbishop of Armagh and Primate of All Ireland  has urged the Taoiseach  to consider increasing the number of bereaved allowed to attend funerals. Photograph: PA

A group representing Catholic priests has expressed misgivings at moves by the Church’s four Archbishops in Ireland to allow people “gather safely for(...)

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