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The programme for government commits the Coalition to establishig a citizens’ assembly on the future of education “ensuring that the voices of young people and those being educated are central”. Photograph: iStock

It’s just a single line in the programme for government – but it has the potential to revitalise education for the 21st century. “We will establish a(...)

Practical Christianity insists that we value others, especially those with whom we have differences. Photograph: Getty Images

When Éamon de Valera died in 1975 a service of commemoration was held in Christchurch Cathedral, Dublin. The sermon was preached by the then-Archbisho(...)

Contra mundum: The Irish Times’s editorial of April 12th, 1951, on Noel Browne and the Mother and Child scheme

Seventy years ago today, on April 12th, 1951, The Irish Times published what is probably its most famous editorial. It was a response to the resignati(...)

Some Catholics already bless same-sex unions. Stories abound of good Fr So-and-So who blessed Bob and Bill, Olivia y Cristina, Jacques et Georges. Many priests remain too timid to give blessings themselves, but lay people, indeed whole communities, gather to affirm the goodness of couples who love.  Photograph:   Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

Beware the Ides of March, the day Julius Caesar went to his reward in 44 BC. March 15th was also the day the responsum of the Congregation for the Doc(...)

Joyce McSharry holding a photograph of her with her birth mother. Photograph : Laura Hutton

generations of people who were put through Ireland’s murky adoption system for children of unmarried mothers continue to battle for their identity.(...)

Church and Covid-19: “While this pandemic will, in time, be over, it will have contributed to some lasting changes which were already under way.” File photograph: iStock

Our church buildings are currently closed again to communal worship, as they have been on and off throughout the past year because of the pandemic. It(...)

John F Kennedy in Ireland in 1963. Photograph: Irish Times

The inscription on the plaque alongside the stark memorial to President Kennedy in Dallas, Texas – the city where he was assassinated – begins with th(...)

‘Since my own story became public I have heard from many other church members about harrowing tales of church mistreatment of gay people,’ says Steven Smyrl

The mother of the late RTÉ broadcaster Marian Finucane was a devout Roman Catholic, a daily Mass goer, who never questioned church authority until she(...)

Archbishop Dermot Farrell. Photograph: Alan Betson

Dublin’s new Catholic Archbishop has said celebration of Sunday Mass in every church will become a thing of the past and a declining priesthood will r(...)

The court heard the issue was extremely important Declan Ganley. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

A challenge brought by businessman Declan Ganley over Covid-19 Level 5 restrictions on religious services has been adjourned at the High Court to earl(...)

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