Pope Francis:  Lay involvement needs to be emphasised regarding all activities within church life. Photograph: Andreas Solaro/AFP/Getty

Like many people, I gave much thought as to how I would vote in the recent referendum on the Eighth Amendment and found myself swinging from one side (...)

‘Cardinal Desmond Connell championed the underdog at every opportunity.’

When I heard of Cardinal Desmond Connell’s death this week, I felt sad, even though there were times during his term of office that I was deeply criti(...)

President of St Patrick’s College Maynooth Monsignor Hugh Connolly says if anyone is not living celibately they shouldn’t be in the seminary.

President of St Patrick’s College Maynooth Monsignor Hugh Connolly says that the seminary has a robust complaints procedure already in place, but that(...)

Cardinal Reinhard Marx: told a conference held in Trinity College that until  “very recently”, the church and society at large had been “very negative about gay people . . . It was the whole society. It was a scandal and terrible.” Photograph: Stefano Rellandini

A leading cardinal has said the Catholic Church should apologise to the gay community for its scandalous and terrible treatment of them, which had no(...)

Trinity Law Professor Gerry Whyte. Photograph: Aidan Crawley/The Irish Times

The power enjoyed by Catholic Church in Ireland was responsible in part for the scandals that have emerged in recent years, a conference in Trinity Co(...)

Does the Catholic church have a role to play in pluralist Ireland? Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

Whether the Catholic Church has any role in an increasingly pluralist Ireland will be discussed at a three-day international conference in Trinity Col(...)

In the Dáil last month Paul Murphy TD said: “We think the prayer should go. It is anachronistic that we start every day here with a prayer. We have an(...)

The Final mass of the Marianella Irish Redemptorist centre in Rathgar.  The Blessed Sacrament is  escorted from the Chapel by Fr George Wadding. Picture Nick Bradshaw

‘It’s like a big funeral,” one woman was quoted as saying in The Irish Times. Indeed she was right. It was a big funeral, a heartbreaking one, at whic(...)

‘The Book of Kells in all its glory is now fully digitalised at the digitalcollections.tcd.ie (http://bit.ly/1Deu6EM). The manuscript in its entirety can be studied by all.’

The Book of Kells, housed in the Trinity College library, is a fascinating manuscript. It is first and foremost a Book of the Gospels. When you look a(...)

  Floribeth Mora Diaz   places the reliquary containing a relic of PopeJohn Paul II alongside that of Pope Paul XXIII during the historic double canonisation ceremony for past pontiffs on Saturday.  Photograph: Jacek Turczyk

In 2001 the relics of St Thérèse of Lisieux were brought to Ireland, thousands flocked to see them and to pray. Since then we have had scandal (...)