Reinhold Niebuhr: warned that “religion is so frequently a source of confusion in political life, and so frequently dangerous to democracy, precisely because it introduces absolutes into the realm of relative values”. Photograph: Bachrach/Getty Images

Anybody following the recent US presidential campaign will know that religious views played a significant role, with lots of attention focused on the (...)

Democratic presidential nominee and former US vice-president Joe Biden leaves St Joseph on the Brandywine Roman Catholic Church with his granddaughter Finnegan Biden  after attending Sunday Mass in Wilmington, Delaware, on October 25th, 2020. Photograph: Angela Weiss/AFP/Getty

The nomination of Amy Coney Barrett to the US Supreme Court has provoked much discussion, and a key question is whether her Catholic moral beliefs wil(...)

The year 1984 became notorious for a number of stories involving women, pregnancy outside marriage, and their treatment by society, church and State(...)

Pope Francis meeting President Michael D Higgins at the Vatican last May: The Catholic Church came late to the awareness of the value of Church-State separation and the autonomy of the secular. Photograph: PA Wire

Is it time to reboot the relationship between religious believers and atheists? Recent years have been characterised by noisy and often self-defeating(...)

US Democratic vice presidential candidate senator Tim Kaine with US Democratic presidential candidate  Hillary Clinton. Photograph:  Gustavo Caballero/Getty Images

US Democratic vice presidential candidate senator Tim Kaine has never been shy about proclaiming his Longford and Kilkenny roots but a leading geneal(...)

On a high: Alison Peate, Rachel Finn and Emma Cahalane celebrate their Leaving Cert results at Christ King school, Cork last week. Photograph: Darragh Kane

It was a case of one last sleepless night for Emma Whelan of St Dominic’s College in Ballyfermot, Dublin, as she waited to find out whether she had ac(...)