St Peter’s  in Rome: Church cannot choose popularity over authenticity.  Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Let me declare myself. I am a practising Catholic woman who is totally at ease with an all-male priesthood. I offer two primary reasons. Like the chur(...)

A covering letter with the letter of complaint complained about the “dissident priest” [Fr Tony Flannery, pictured] being let loose on Killeagh-Inch parish, according to Fr Timothy Hazelwood. File photograph: Alan Betson /The Irish Times

The chain of events that led to the banning of Fr Tony Flannery from speaking at an event in the Cloyne diocese last September began when a self-appoi(...)

Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald says: ‘The clear strategy of the No side is to try and confuse people by bringing emotive but unrelated matters such as parentage and surrogacy into the debate.’ Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins

The Referendum Commission has said that surrogacy and adoption rights will not be affected by the same-sex marriage referendum, regardless of the resu(...)

Conor Hickey’s father John Hickey (centre) with friends and family leaving Dublin Circuit Criminal Court on Wednesday. Photograph: Collins Courts

A Meath drug addict who was on his way to buy drugs when he fatally injured a 14-year-old boy in a hit and run has received a 20 month prison s(...)