Archbishop Eamon Martin: “We have elevated the right to personal choice above the fundamental right to life itself”

Ireland has “obliterated” the right to life of the unborn, and now stands on the brink of bringing in a liberal abortion regime, the Catholic primate (...)

Repeal mural. Photograph: Alan Betson

Many church leaders have chosen to oppose abortion in Ireland by defending the retention of article 40.3.3 in the Irish Constitution. This is a moral(...)

The Presbyterian Church is in favour of retaining the Eighth Amendment. Photograph: Frank Miller / THE IRISH TIMES

The Presbyterian Church in Ireland has called for retention of the Eighth Amendment to the Constitution, which recognises the equal right to life of m(...)

Paddy Jackson leaving Belfast Crown Court on Wednesday. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA

Paddy Jackson Paddy Jackson was born in Lisburn, Northern Ireland in January 1992 before moving to Birmingham with his family when his father got a j(...)

Former Co-op Bank boss Paul Flowers, dubbed the “Crystal Methodist” because of his predilection for illegal drugs. Flowers presided over the near-collapse of the ethical bank, once one of Britain’s most respected institutions. Photograph: PA

Remember Paul Flowers, the former Methodist minister who was once chairman of the Co-operative Bank? Dubbed the “Crystal Methodist” because of his pr(...)

Church of Ireland Archbishop Michael Jackson says unrestricted access to abortion in the first 12 weeks is “not an ethical position we can accept”. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

The Church of Ireland’s two archbishops have said they cannot accept an Oireachtas Committee proposal to allow unrestricted abortion during the first (...)

Rabbi Zalman Lent,  and Dr Ali Selim. Photograph: Dave Meehan

It is highly unlikely Ireland’s Catholic and Protestant churches or its other faiths will take an active part in political campaigning leading up to t(...)

The joint New Year message was from the Church of Ireland Primate of All-Ireland, Archbishop Richard Clarke, the Catholic Primate of All-Ireland, Archbishop Eamon Martin (above), Methodist Church president Rev Dr Laurence Graham, Bishop John McDowell, the President of the Irish Council of Churches and the Rt Rev Noble McNeely, moderator of the Presbyterian Church in Ireland. Photograph: Eric Luke

The leaders of the Christian churches made no mention of the forthcoming abortion referendum in their traditional New Year message. The referendum i(...)

Church services

CATHEDRALS Down Cathedral, Downpatrick Sundays at 11:30am and Thursdays at 10am with Holy Communion. You are very welcome to visit Down Cathedral. Mo(...)

Rev Dr Laurence Graham, president of the Methodist Church in Ireland, presents a gift to President Michael D Higgins to mark his visit to the Dublin Central Mission, Abbey Street. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The work of the Dublin Central Mission was praised by President Michael D Higgins during a visit there on Tuesday. Founded in 1893, the Abbey Street-(...)

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