Pope Francis (R) greets former Pope Benedict during a consistory ceremony in Saint Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican, 2014. Photograph: Alessia Giuliani/File Photo/Reuters

Former Pope Benedict has blamed the Catholic Church’s sexual abuse scandal on the effects of the sexual revolution of the 1960s and a general collapse(...)

Former president Mary McAleese. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times.

The “game is almost up” for the all-male Catholic Church, former president Mary McAleese has said. She said the church’s “clericalised citadel is in(...)

Pope Francis:  Roman Catholic Church has faced a persistent problem of sexual abuse of nuns by priests and even bishops. Photograph: Ali Haidar/EPA

Pope Francis has said the Roman Catholic Church has faced a persistent problem of sexual abuse of nuns by priests and even bishops. This is the first(...)

Preparations under way at the papal cross in the Phoenix Park, Dublin, for the visit of Pope Francis as part of the World Meeting of Families. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Unlike Pope John Paul II in 1979 who, with his training as an actor, took to the Irish stage with alacrity, Pope Francis will be chewing on his lip as(...)

The encyclical provoked a ferocious reaction among millions of practising Catholics.

Fifty years ago this week, former government minister Mary O’Rourke was a teacher in Athlone while studying for a H Dip in Maynooth as Pope Paul VI pu(...)

 Fr Tony Flannery who chaired the Association of Catholic Priests’  public regional meeting in Tuam, Co Galway, ahead of the Papal visit. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Pope Francis has been urged to avoid being “treated like a celebrity”, and to apologise to all those mistreated in the Magdalene laundries, mother an(...)

Former president Mary McAleese: ‘I had no hesitation at the end of the day, when it came to the vote. I absolutely voted ‘Yes’.’ Photograph: Getty

Former president Mary McAleese has said she voted in favour of repealing the Eighth Amendment with a “heart and a half” and that she had no intention (...)

File photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

The Catholic Church is in a “new reality” in Ireland where it is no longer the dominant voice in society, a senior bishop has admitted. Bishop of Ki(...)

The World Meeting of Families takes place in Dublin in August

The fourth international gathering of the Church Reform Network takes place in Bratislava this week, from June 11th to 15th. This network, which is ma(...)

Redemptorist Fr Tony Flannery. ‘The various levels of authority above me in the church’ would ‘happily leave me where I am. If I die suddenly, they will say ‘nice meaningless words’ over my coffin.’ File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Vatican silencing of six Irish priests should be ended in preparation for the visit of Pope Francis to Ireland next August, one of those priests has s(...)

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