In a letter to this newspaper, Fr Seán Fagan tangentially touched upon the matter of women’s ordination, but this was only one transgression in his list of ‘sins’. Photograph: Christian Hartmann/Reuters

Marking the opening of the new legal year in October, the Vatican’s diplomatic representative in Ireland, Archbishop Jude Okolo, reminded legal practi(...)

 Rev Prof Declan Marmion, Dean of the Faculty of Theology at St Patrick’s College, Maynooth, Rev Prof Michael Mullaney, president,  and Rev Dr Tomás Surlis,  pro-rector of the seminary at Saint Patrick’s College, Maynooth. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

It is said that (mad) King George III remarked, on the opening in 1795 of St Patrick’s College, Maynooth (“a popish college”), that the event grieved (...)

Rev Prof Declan Marmion, dean of theology, Rev Prof Michael Mullaney, president  Saint Patrick’s College, Maynooth and Fr Tomás Surlis pro-rector of Maynooth seminary. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Many Catholic weddings, funerals, and baptisms will be conducted in Ireland in the years ahead by lay men and women due to a lack of priests, senior f(...)

Pope Francis encourages a “joyful, humorous, and even self-deprecating spirit”. His deep conviction is that priesthood entails at once a passion for God and a passion for his people.

I remember attending an ordination ceremony in the 1990s and being rather taken aback by the opening words of the bishop’s homily. Addressing the newl(...)

The Marist priest Fr Seán Fagan ‘paid a high price’ for daring to imagine ‘how things could be different’ within the Catholic church, his funeral Mass has been told. File photograph: Getty Images/iStockphoto

The Marist priest Fr Seán Fagan “paid a high price” for daring to imagine “how things could be different” within the Catholic church, his funeral Mass(...)