Catholic Primate Archbishop Eamon Martin: ‘At a personal and community level we are called to greater simplicity and sustainability in our families, workplaces, schools and universities.’ Photograph: Tom Honan

A culture of blame and despair regarding the future will achieve little where climate change is concerned, the Catholic Primate Archbishop Eamon Marti(...)

Those who successfully complete the propaedeutic course will continue training for the priesthood at the national seminary in St Patrick’s College Maynooth where there are currently 64 men studying for service as priests in Irish dioceses. Photograph: iStock

Nine men have this autumn begun formal exploration as to whether they have a vocation to the Catholic priesthood, and for service in Irish dioceses. (...)

Online Mass: The  designated devotional area increasingly became a designated liturgical one: attendance at Sunday Mass. This was the one time in the week into which a Catholic could plough his or her pious energies.

When future historians write the history of Irish Catholicism in the 21st century, the year 2020 will likely serve as a marker of profound religious c(...)

 British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Carrie Symonds, who married at the weekend, were both baptised Catholics as children and though the British prime minister was later confirmed as a member of the Church of England, canon lawyers say once you are baptised Catholic you remain a Catholic. File photograph: Will Oliver/EPA

One of Ireland’s leading canon lawyers has explained how a valid marriage in the Catholic Church’s tradition must meet three requirements. Rev Prof M(...)

  Archbishop-elect Dermot Farrell of Dublin believes Pope Francis has given Catholics ‘a great lead’ on homosexuality. Photograph: Alan Betson

With half of Dublin’s priests over 70 and due to retire within the next five years and congregations ageing and declining, the Archbishop-elect Dermot(...)

The new Catholic Archbishop of Dublin is to be current Bishop of Ossory Dermot Farrell (66)

The new Catholic Archbishop of Dublin is to be current Bishop of Ossory Dermot Farrell (66). A former president of St Patrick’s College Maynooth, he (...)

Bishop of Ossory Dermot Farrell: to be the new Archbishop of Dublin. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

The announcement that Bishop of Ossory Dermot Farrell (66) is to be the new Archbishop of Dublin will come as no great surprise to many priests in the(...)

Democratic presidential nominee and former US vice-president Joe Biden leaves St Joseph on the Brandywine Roman Catholic Church with his granddaughter Finnegan Biden  after attending Sunday Mass in Wilmington, Delaware, on October 25th, 2020. Photograph: Angela Weiss/AFP/Getty

The nomination of Amy Coney Barrett to the US Supreme Court has provoked much discussion, and a key question is whether her Catholic moral beliefs wil(...)

Pope Francis: Heresy is back. In a big way. You know this is the case when that old rhetorical question “is the Pope a Catholic?” doesn’t work anymore; especially when a vocal minority suspect he isn’t.  Photograph: AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia

On April 30th last year a group of Catholic theologians wrote an open letter to the College of Bishops accusing Pope Francis of heresy and asking that(...)

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.

A new language of racism, “mostly opportunistic, understated, but no less toxic, has emerged in our public and political discourse” in Ireland, the pr(...)

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