Gerard Moloney

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Today I never wear a clerical collar. I feel embarrassed to be identified as representing a clerical caste that permitted abuse. Photograph: iStock

When Archbishop Desmond Connell ordained me to the priesthood on October 2nd, 1988, it seemed a good time to be a priest in Ireland. Fresh-faced and e(...)

Pope John Paul II in Ireland, 1979. When Pope Francis arrives here in August, he will be visiting a secular society that bears little resemblance to the one that welcomed his predecessor so fulsomely

The big Yes vote in the recent Eighth Amendment referendum can only be interpreted as a monumental loss for the Catholic Church. Commentators can poin(...)

Michael Burrows (left), the Church of Ireland Bishop of Cashel, Ferns, and Ossory, at the ordination of former  Green Party leader Trevor Sargent as a priest last year. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw.

A Church of Ireland bishop has welcomed the Yes vote in last Friday’s referendum on repealing the Eighth Amendment. Michael Burrows, the Bishop of C(...)

Redemptorist Fr Tony Flannery. ‘The various levels of authority above me in the church’ would ‘happily leave me where I am. If I die suddenly, they will say ‘nice meaningless words’ over my coffin.’ File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Vatican silencing of six Irish priests should be ended in preparation for the visit of Pope Francis to Ireland next August, one of those priests has s(...)

Members of the Palestrina Choir and St Mary’s Pro-Cathedral Girls Choir: A papal visit will give encouragement to the dwindling band of active church members. So many ordinary Catholics have stuck with the church despite all the times it has let them down.  Photograph: Alan Betson

It’s no surprise there has been a muted response to news of Pope Francis’s visit. Many ex-Catholics here weren’t even born when Pope John Paul II visi(...)

The 80th anniversary edition of Reality magazine.

One of Ireland’s best-known and respected religious magazines celebrates its 80th anniversary this month. Published by the Catholic Redemptorist con(...)

Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin at Maynooth seminary

Many have been intrigued, if not confused, by the enthusiasm with which some noted traditional Catholics rushed to support Archbishop of Dublin Diarmu(...)

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(...)

Fr Seán Fagan was widely admired and respected as a courageous theologian and compassionate pastor.

The late Fr Seán Fagan had his “heart and spirit” broken by the Vatican in the years before he died, former President of Ireland Mary McAleese has sai(...)

  Fr Tony Flannery: “Anything remotely to do with the church, I am persona non grata.” File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

An Irish priest censured by the Vatican has cast doubts that his future or the futures of other clerics in his situation will improve following last w(...)

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