Michelangelo’s Creation of Adam in the Sistine Chapel in  Vatican City, Rome. ‘It is reasonable to hope in a particular rational ordering of things,’ says philosopher Patrick Masterson. Photograph: Getty Images/Science Photo Library

Possibly the single biggest trend in philosophy in the past 50 years has been the decline of metaphysics. “Meta-what?” you say (proving the point). M(...)

Former pope Benedict XVI: Was it a mistake to allow Benedict retain the title Pope Emeritus and continue to wear the white cassock peculiar to popes?  Photograph: Getty Images

And lo, it has come to pass! Former pope Benedict XVI has directly intervened in church affairs in an overt attempt to frustrate a decision his succes(...)

Cardinal Tomás Ó’Fíaich. Photograph: PA Wire

A viciously brilliant lampoon by the infamous Cummings from The Sunday Express of May 31st, 1981, which adorns the cover of this riveting and seminal (...)

Desmond Connell in 2001. Photograph: PA

There we were locked out with lines upon lines of limoncello, arranged in glasses on whitest of white tablecloths, while the great and would-be-good f(...)

Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin said there was “a need for the transformation of dimensions of Irish culture for the sake of mature pluralism”. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Irish universities have “lost the dream” which Cardinal John Henry Newman had of “liberal education and of a liberal education for Catholics”, the Arc(...)

Former Catholic primate Cardinal Seán Brady  turns 80 today. File photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire.

Ireland would have no vote if there was a papal election tomorrow as the Catholic Church’s only Irish-based cardinal, former primate Cardinal Seán Bra(...)

Archbishop Diarmuid Martin at the Archbishop’s House in Drumcondra, Dublin. Photograph: Bryan O Brien/The Irish Times.

The most influential Catholic prelate in Ireland Archbishop Diarmuid Martin is 15 years Archbishop of Dublin this month. He is 20 years a bishop and w(...)

Diarmuid Martin (74), who has a year to go before submitting his letter of resignation to Rome. “One thing I would not want is that there would be a vacuum or that there would be a prolonged period of speculation.” Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

The Catholic Archbishop of Dublin, Diarmuid Martin, turned 74 on April 8th. He has a year to go before submitting his letter of resignation to Rome, a(...)

Fr Fintan Gavin says mass at St Andrew’s Church, Westland Row, Dublin in 2005. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times.

Pope Francis has appointed Dublin priest as the new Bishop of the Catholic diocese of Cork and Ross. Fr Fintan Gavin (53), Chancellor of the Dublin (...)

One well-placed source warned:  “Get Dublin wrong and Diarmuid Martin’s formidable legacy will be set at nought. And rapidly.” Photograph: John Mc Elroy

Speculation that the Archbishop of Dublin, Diarmuid Martin is about to step down has intensified following a recent interview, which observers felt re(...)

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