Iggy O Donovan

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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(...)

Fr Iggy O’Donovan said it was “a great pity that in Irish Catholicism the only sin was sex” as “there are few greater positives than a good confessor”. Photograph: Getty Images

Regular confessions by Irish Catholics came to an end sometime in the 1970s and accompanied the death of the sense of sex as sin, a Limerick-based Aug(...)

  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(...)

 ACP co-founder Fr Tony Flannery said “the day of doctrinaire Catholicism is over in this country. The people are no longer willing to listen to speeches and sermons on morality from the church.”  Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

The Same-sex Marriage Referendum was “an unmitigated disaster” for the Catholic Church in Ireland, Fr Brendan Hoban, co-founder of the Association of (...)

 Fr Brendan Hoban   of the Association of Catholic Priests.  “Haranguing them into voting No in the referendum, regardless of the substance of the arguments . . . will have the effect of driving more and more of them out of the church. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Gay people remain fair game among those “issues” deemed worthy of struggles with conscience by our churches. Other faiths, too. So Anglicans worldw(...)

Alan Kelly, Minister fo the Environment: the public was positively disposed to passing the referendum but nothing could be taken for granted.  Archive photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Minister for the Environment Alan Kelly has said some bishops contributing to the marriage equality debate have been balanced while others have not.Sp(...)

Fr Iggy O’Donovan: “It is possible to have deep and passionately-held convictions without seeking to have those convictions imposed by the State on fellow citizens who do not share them.” Photograph: Cyril Byrne.

A Catholic priest has called for a Yes vote in the marriage equality referendum in May on the grounds of “respect for the freedom of others who diffe(...)

‘When we become legislators, as we do when we vote in referendums, we legislate for ALL our fellow citizens. We do not vote as members of this or that church or faith.’ Photograph: Getty Images

There is a passage in the Gospels where Jesus tells us to give to Caesar what is Caesar’s and to God what is God’s. In Ireland, we have inherited a tr(...)

Parishioners in St Peter’s Church, Drogheda, where the ecumenical service was held. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

A Church of Ireland rector who concelebrated the controversial 2006 Easter Sunday Mass in Drogheda with three Augustinian priests has, for the first t(...)

Fr Iggy O’Donovan

Augustinian priest Fr Iggy O’Donovan is to be awarded the Freedom of Drogheda at a special ceremony tomorrow. He may be the last person to receive the(...)

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