Archbishop Dermot Farrell of Dublin: ‘If the Catholic school is to fulfil its mission properly, it cannot retreat into what it considers a safe space.’ Photograph: Alan Betson

People are mistaken who “think that most parents are less interested in a school with a Catholic ethos than previous generations,” Archbishop Dermot F(...)

In using Catholic schools to process the baptised population through the formalities of practice, we have effectively destroyed faith as a lived reality. Photograph: iStock

The recent statement by Archbishop of Dublin Dermot Farrell that evidence of Christian belief in Ireland today has for all intents and purposes vanis(...)

Evidence of Christian belief in Ireland today ‘has for all intents and purposes vanished,’ Catholic Archbishop of Dublin Dermot Farrell has said. Photograph: iStock

Evidence of Christian belief in Ireland today “has for all intents and purposes vanished,” Catholic Archbishop of Dublin Dermot Farrell has said. This(...)

The Archbishop of Dublin has advised Catholics against going around with ‘a funeral face’, a ‘sourpuss’ or ‘a grimace that would stop a clock’. Photograph: iStock

The Archbishop of Dublin has advised Catholics against going around with “a funeral face”, a “sourpuss” or “a grimace that would stop a clock”. “Our (...)

Archbishop of Dublin Dermot Farrell says he finds it difficult to explain or justify why parents of children receiving the sacraments ‘cannot be trusted’ to observe Covid-19 guidelines. Photograph: Alan Betson

The Catholic Church has “fully supported” necessary measures to protect public health and welfare during the Covid-19 pandemic, Archbishop of Dublin (...)

First Holy Communion celebrants at St Patrick’s Cathedral in 2019. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

More Catholic bishops have given the go-ahead for First Holy Communions and Confirmations to take place later this month. However, Bishop Denis Nulty(...)

Archbishop of Dublin Dermot Farrell: ‘Lack of consistency leads to a lack of credibility.’ Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

The Taoiseach’s office told the Catholic Church that Covid-19 infections would peak in the weeks before schools reopen and that the safe return to edu(...)

Archbishop of Dublin Dermot Farrell is patron of Lacken national school at Blessington, Co Wicklow. File photograph:  John McElroy

A Co Wicklow Catholic primary school has said it will not be using Flourish, a relationships and sexuality education (RSE) programme/resource develope(...)

Catholic Archbishop of Dublin  Dermot Farrell said the document ‘clearly states that any young person grappling with questions around their own gender identity or sexual orientation is be treated with the utmost care and respect.’ Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

A controversial new sex education document for Catholic primary schools is a “resource and not a programme”, Archbishop of Dublin Dermot Farrell has s(...)

Sean O’Leary, a student of English literature and philosophy, with  his girlfriend Lauren McCann and friends, after he was  awarded a Trinity scholarship following an  announcement in the college. Photograph: Paul Sharp/Sharppix

The “commodification” of third level education has been criticised by Catholic Archbishop of Dublin Dermot Farrell. Under “pressure to be relevant, (...)

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