Noel Barber

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Fr Noel Barber. Photograph: Jimmy McCormack

In 2008, Fr Noel Barber of the Jesuits gave the eulogy at the funeral of family friend and Sunday Independent journalist, Terry Keane, using words tha(...)

  Belvedere College on Great Denmark Street in Dublin: the order said the late Fr Joseph Marmion, who died in 2000, abused boys while he was on the teaching staff in the 1970s. Photograph: Laura Hutton

Despite the credibility of the pupils’ allegations, the question of reporting the matter to the gardaí did not arise in any conversation at that ti(...)

The Jesuits said the sexual abuse of pupils at the Dublin school in the 1970s was a shameful chapter in the order’s history. Photograph: Laura Hutton / The Irish Times

Allegations that pupils were sexually abused by a Jesuit priest in Belvedere College in the 1970s were not properly investigated, or brought to the at(...)

Vatican city, Rome: the guiding light towards change in the church in Ireland and elsewhere might not be shining from Rome. If the church is truly universal, new strategies can come from any corner of its multi-faceted arena

This article was triggered by some interesting occasional reading about the Irish Catholic Church, the prolonged state of the deepening decline in pra(...)

Fr Joseph Dargan SJ, who has died aged 81, held many positions of responsibility in the Society of Jesus in Ireland, most notably that of provincial, (...)