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Fr Tony Flannery: said his abuser was “long dead. I hope he is at peace.” Photograph: Alan Betson

Fr Tony Flannery, the founder member of the Association of Catholic Priests (ACP) who has been facing criticism over a call to allow priests re-ent(...)

Pope John Paul II  blesses Father Marcial Maciel, founder of the Legionaries of Christ, during a special audience in2004. Photograph: Tony Gentile/Reuters

Three popes, including two who will be canonised at the end of next month, were aware of abuse allegations against Legionaries of Christ founde(...)

 Ian Elliot: Says finding of the audit “do not reflect  findings from the fieldwork”. Photograph: David Sleator

Ian Elliott, who retired as chief executive of the Catholic Church’s National Board for Safeguarding Children (NBSC(...)

Fr Tony Flannery: “In my talks, I hope to give some historical perspective to the main problems we are facing in the church today.” Photograph: Alan Betson

Fr Tony Flannery is in a much better place these days. He’s back in the family home. Back in the east Galway townland where it all began 67 yea(...)

Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin said some of the church’s teachings are perceived to “disconnected from real life experience of families – and not by just younger people.” Photograph: Alan Betson

Catholic teaching on contraception, cohabitation, same sex relationships, the divorced and remarried is “disconnected from real life experience(...)

 Fr Brendan Hoban: a purpose of the Association of Catholic Priests  meeting was to attempt to improve communications with the dioceses. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Problems presented by the declining number of Catholic priests and “enormous dissatisfaction with the new missal” were among i(...)

The St Vincent de Paul Society has been in Ireland since 1844 when it became very active during the Great Famine. Today, it has 9,500 volunteers in over 1,000 Conferences across the State.

President Michael D Higgins has lavished praise on the work of the St Vincent de Paul Society in Ireland over the past 170 years. He was speaki(...)

7/3/2012.   - NEWS -Bishop Donal McKeown, at a press conference following the Spring general meeting of the Irish Bishops' Conference, in Maynooth, Co. Kildare.Photographer: Dara Mac D�naill / THE IRISH TIMES Photographer: Dara Mac Donaill / THE IRISH TIMES

The new Catholic Bishop of Derry is Donal McKeown, who had been Auxiliary Bishop of Down and Connor since 2001. He succeeds Bishop Séamus Hegar(...)

In the letter the pope is urged to take steps to appoint more women to church leadership positions. Photograph: Franco Origlia/Getty Images

Leaders of 52 organisations from Europe, the United States and Asia working for reform(...)

Fr Brendan Hoban: “Iona was indulging in a form of cheer-leading, the equivalent of urging the hounds to kill the fox – not a happy place to be, especially for the fox”

A founder-member of the Association of Catholic Priests has criticised the Iona Institute for its recent legal actions against RTÉ. “If you cla(...)

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