Sean Fagan

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Sonny Knowles at the Olympia Theatre in 1988.  Photograph: Independent News and Media/Getty Images

Sonny Knowles, showband and cabaret singer and musician, and a popular entertainer for six decades, has died, aged 86. News of his death – peacefully(...)

Redemptorist Fr Tony Flannery. ‘The various levels of authority above me in the church’ would ‘happily leave me where I am. If I die suddenly, they will say ‘nice meaningless words’ over my coffin.’ File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Vatican silencing of six Irish priests should be ended in preparation for the visit of Pope Francis to Ireland next August, one of those priests has s(...)

 St Peter’s in Rome:  grass roots faith practice  mirrors the early church when the first Judaic Christians started to draw together. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

There is a small, quiet revolution taking place within the Catholic Church right now that is not likely to please some. However, it has interesting po(...)

Columba Press  has thanked everyone who supported it over the years, after the company went into liquidation. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Ireland’s best-known independent publisher of books on a religious theme, the Columba Book Service Ltd (Columba Press and Currach Press), has thanked (...)

Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin at Maynooth seminary

Many have been intrigued, if not confused, by the enthusiasm with which some noted traditional Catholics rushed to support Archbishop of Dublin Diarmu(...)

The Marist priest Fr Seán Fagan ‘paid a high price’ for daring to imagine ‘how things could be different’ within the Catholic church, his funeral Mass has been told. File photograph: Getty Images/iStockphoto

The Marist priest Fr Seán Fagan “paid a high price” for daring to imagine “how things could be different” within the Catholic church, his funeral Mass(...)

Fr Seán Fagan was widely admired and respected as a courageous theologian and compassionate pastor.

The late Fr Seán Fagan had his “heart and spirit” broken by the Vatican in the years before he died, former President of Ireland Mary McAleese has sai(...)

Fr Brendan Hoban was commenting on recent remarks by the Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin bemoaning the dearth of Catholic intellectuals in Ireland.

Catholicism in Ireland is being abandoned to obsessive extremists and a religious media more anxious to protect its pockets than engage with realities(...)

  Fr Tony Flannery: “Anything remotely to do with the church, I am persona non grata.” File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

An Irish priest censured by the Vatican has cast doubts that his future or the futures of other clerics in his situation will improve following last w(...)

Pope Francis at St Peter’s Square in the Vatican last month. Restoration to full ministry of priests disciplined by the Vatican will be discussed at a planned meeting between  Catholic bishops and the Association of Catholic Priests.  File photograph: Vincenzo Pinto/AFP/Getty Images

Restoration to full ministry of priests disciplined by the Vatican will be one of the main topics to be discussed at a planned meeting between the Cat(...)

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