“Young people these days...tend not to follow rules that they don’t see as valid or sensible. For the current youth generation, much of the church’s teaching in areas related to sexuality and reproduction is irrelevant and barely rouses their curiosity.” File photograph: Getty Images

Church teaching on sexuality and reproduction is “irrelevant and barely rouses” the curiosity of young people today, a conference ahead of the World M(...)

Pope Francis  in Sweden, marking the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. Photograph: EPA/Jonas Ekstroemer

A group representing lay Catholics in Ireland has called for women priests in the church, and for all its priests be allowed marry. They also “insis(...)

The Bishop of Kilmore Leo O’Reilly requested that his fellow bishops set up a commission to look at the ordination of married men and female deacons. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

The Association of Catholics in Ireland (ACI), a lay reform group within the church, has warmly welcomed a call by Bishop of Kilmore Leo O’Reilly requ(...)

The Association of Catholics in Ireland said full membership of the church should be extended to those in second relationships. Photograph: Getty Images

A group of lay Catholics has called for the Church to revise its teaching on contraception and access to the sacraments for those in second relationsh(...)

Association of Catholics in Ireland steering group member Jacqueline Nelson (right)  and Soline Humbert light candles at the association’s launch in a Dublin hotel on Saturday.  Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

A lay Catholic organisation that wants ordinary parishioners to have a greater role in the church was launched at the weekend.About 150 people attende(...)

Some 150 people turned up this morning to the launch of a new lay organisation for Irish Catholics. The Association of Catholics in Ireland (ACI), a n(...)