Diarmuid Martin (74), who has a year to go before submitting his letter of resignation to Rome. “One thing I would not want is that there would be a vacuum or that there would be a prolonged period of speculation.” Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

The Catholic Archbishop of Dublin, Diarmuid Martin, turned 74 on April 8th. He has a year to go before submitting his letter of resignation to Rome, a(...)

Marie Collins, a former member of the Pope’s sex-abuse commission, hands a letter to Cardinal Seán O’Malley detailing the abuse of Juan Carlos Cruz and a cover-up by Chilean church authorities, at the Domus Santa Marta on April 12th, 2015. Photograph: Catherine Bonnet via AP

Pope Francis has been accused of “inexcusable dysfunction at best and wilful deception at worst” following reports on Monday that he received a victim(...)

 Former minister for education Michael Woods announced on October 3rd, 2000 that the government was setting up a redress scheme. Photograph: Frank Miller

The Oblates, and others of the 18 religious congregations concerned, may feel like King Canute on the shore fighting off a particularly filthy modern (...)

Minister for Housing Simon Coveney:  “We had very pragmatic discussions, and there is clearly a generosity and willingness among the congregations around donating lands and buildings.” Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Minister for Housing Simon Coveney says he is “optimistic” that a number of religious congregations may be able to donate property which can help to m(...)

Sophia founder Jean Quinn, Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government Simon Coveney, Derek Fay and Nicole Hogan at  the Sophia housing complex on Sean McDermott Street.Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Land and buildings held by religious orders are unlikely to provide a magic-bullet solution to the housing crisis, religious orders and figures in th(...)

Talks about amalgamation had been going on for about three years but had been speeded up in the last 12 months. Photograph: Christian Hartmann/Reuters

Two of the largest entities in Irish Catholicism will join forces later this week to become the Association of Missionaries and Religious of Ireland ((...)

The publication of the final tranche of current reviews by the National Board for Safeguarding Children in the Catholic Church in Ireland has tended t(...)

Sr Eileen Randles, who has died aged 78, was one of the most active and formidable advocates in Irish education. Born in Kenmare, Co Kerry in April (...)

Fr Michael Drumm, chairperson  of the Catholic Schools Partnership (CSP). The CSP has just published new guidelines for religious teaching in Catholic schools. File photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Catholic schools should “take care” not to exceed the 2½ hours reserved in the primary school timetable each week for religious teaching and sacrament(...)

Executive chairman of the Catholic Schools Partnership  Fr Michael Drumm said there was a role for Catholic schools to be ‘relevant as a counter-cultural voice’. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

The educational office of the Catholic Bishops is encouraging its schools to be more assertive in upholding religious values to avoid becoming “secula(...)

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