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Peter Gunning, former school principal, says responsibility for children’s sacraments during their formative years should be exclusive to the parents and the local church with no school involvement.

When it comes to discussing the patronage of its primary schools, the Catholic Church often acts like the bully in the yard who owns the football, pic(...)

Controversial US pastor Steven L Anderson thanked Ireland for banning him because he was getting lots of extra listeners.  Photograph: STR/AFP/Getty Images

Pastor Steven Anderson, the first person banned from Ireland under the 1999 Immigration Act, believes its is the country’s loss that he will not be ab(...)

Church services

CATHEDRALS Armagh -St Patrick’s Church of Ireland --Sunday services at 10am (Holy Communion), 11am (Sung Eucharist) and 3:15pm (Choral Evensong). Mon(...)

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(...)

 Archbishop Diarmuid Martin: ‘What went wrong to give rise to a situation in which children within the church of Jesus Christ were not cared for with scrupulous dignity, whether in life or in death?’ Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

The Catholic Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin has said he is profoundly distressed at the findings of fifth interim report of the Mother and Baby (...)

Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times.

A lack of progress on developing a new covenant between Church and State, as spoken of by the Taoiseach in his address to Pope Francis last August, ha(...)

Kerry versus Kildare in Super 8s in August. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Late in the first half of August’s Super 8s game between Kerry and Kildare, the visiting Lilywhites reeled off 1-5 without reply and led by six points(...)

 Quarterback Philip Rivers  of the Los Angeles Chargers stands during the national anthem before a game against the Denver Broncos at Broncos Stadium at Mile High  in Denver, Colorado. Photograph:  Dustin Bradford/Getty Images

Towards the end of an NFL regular season in which he often looked a viable candidate to win Most Valuable Player, the Los Angeles Chargers’ Philip Riv(...)

Lar Corbett’s Coppingers in Thurles was the subject of a complaint in two parts: promoting alcohol in a way that could be harmful; and an image offensive to the complainant as a Catholic.

A pub belonging to former Tipperary hurling star Lar Corbett has been rapped over the knuckles by the advertising watchdog for its use of an image of (...)

Religious writer Thomas Merton, pictured in the late 1930s. File photograph: Getty Images

Fifty years ago next Monday, Thomas Merton was found dead in his room near Bangkok, where he had been the main speaker at an international monastic co(...)

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