Pope Francis meets  the Forum of Family Associations in the Clementine Hall at the Vatican on Saturday. Photograph: EPA

A Catholic lay group has sharply criticised Pope Francis after he said only heterosexuals could form a family in the eyes of the church. “It is pain(...)

Bishop of Waterford and Lismore Alphonsus Cullinan. Photograph: Diocese of Limerick

The Catholic Bishop of Waterford has questioned the ability of Irish people to think critically, accusing some Yes voters in last week’s abortion refe(...)

‘The law and the teaching of the Church have always found a way, with compassion, to deal with the hard cases’

The issue facing voters on May 25th is whether they want to remove protection for the unborn child from the constitution, paving the way for unrestric(...)

Bishop of Waterford and Lismore Alphonsus Cullinan . Photograph: Diocese of Limerick

A Catholic Bishop has asked “where is freedom of speech” following the impeachment of former UCD Students’ Union president Katie Ascough. Bishop Alph(...)

Bishop of Waterford and Lismore Alphonsus Cullinan . Photograph: Diocese of Limerick

The Catholic Bishop of Waterford and Lismore, Phonsie Cullinan, has retracted his criticism of the HPV vaccine over the past week and apologised for h(...)

Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin said he would no longer send seminarians to Maynooth because of ‘strange goings-on’ at the college. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Fourteen of the 26 Catholic diocesan bishops in Ireland have so far indicated they will continue to send seminarians to Maynooth, with some saying the(...)