Brendan Butler

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As Catholics we have to recognise that Ireland is no longer a Catholic State for a Catholic people, where Catholic morality and doctrine is enshrined in the Constitution and in the civil and criminal law of the land.  Photograph: Getty Images

The forthcoming referendum will present me and other committed Catholics with a dilemma. Do I vote to retain the present constitutional ban on abortio(...)

Bishop Brendan Leahy said any conversation around the upcoming referendum ‘is not easy for people’. File photograph: Arthur Ellis

The possible repeal of the Eighth Amendment to the Constitution is a “pivotal moment for our society and how we cherish life in this country”, Catholi(...)

Pope John Paul II holds the hand of Irish President Mary McAleese during their meeting in  2003 in the Vatican. File Photograph:  Arturo Mari-Vatican Pool/Getty Images

Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin has said neither he nor his office were consulted by the Vatican prior to former President Mary McAleese being ba(...)

Former Irish president Mary McAleese and her husband Martin. File photograph: Victoria Jones/PA Wire

The Vatican has barred former President of Ireland Mary McAleese from taking part in a conference to mark International Women’s Day which was original(...)

Religious congregations are in decline, some terminally, due to their failure to attract new young people to their communities. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

I was struck by the throwaway remark by Tony Fahey on how religious sisters and brothers contributed to the wealth of their congregations through(...)

Phil Dunne (left) and Brendan Butler from We Are Church Ireland. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

I denied myself three times. I stood at the altar, denounced their image of Satan and promised to raise my godchildren in the Catholic faith. These w(...)

Protesters outside the Russian Embassy in Dublin against the killing of civilians in Aleppo. Photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times

Hours after the UN special envoy for Syria warned eastern Aleppo could be destroyed by Christmas, more than 40 people stood outside the Russian Embass(...)

 A Syrian civil defence volunteer, known as the “white helmets”, holds the body of a child after he was pulled from the rubble following a government forces air strike on the rebel-held neighbourhood of Karm Homad in the northern city of Aleppo, on October 4th, 2016. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

The United States and Israel are bombing an ancient city, targeting hospitals and slaughtering children, women and other non-combatants. All across Eu(...)

Protest organiser Brendan Butler holds up a letter to be sent to the Russian ambassador to Ireland urging an end to the bombing of Aleppo in Syria. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

A protest against the bombing of Aleppo in Syria was mounted today outside the Russian embassy at Rathgar, Co Dublin. A group of activists help up a(...)

Photograph: Thinkstock

Sometimes it’s the most prosaic phrases that turn out to have the most far-reaching effects. “Fiscal space”, for example, will probably haunt more th(...)

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