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The Irish Catholic Church has been likened by a priest to an old car that has gone off the road and ‘sunk into the bog and is stuck’. File photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times.

The Irish Catholic Church has been likened by a priest to an old car that has gone off the road and “sunk into the bog and is stuck”. “The engine is(...)

Archbishop Diarmuid Martin  has attracted criticism from priests in Dublin with some believing he “sold out” on the issue of clerical sex abuse, Redemptorist priest Fr Tony Flannery has said. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Catholic Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin has been accused of “abdicating his responsibility” as a moral leader in the run-up to the referendum t(...)

Pope Francis has shifted the mood music in the Catholic Church away from a rigid hierarchical conformism to a more collegial atmosphere of debate and creative thinking. Photograph: Filippo Monteforte/AFP/Getty

At the end of the 11 o’clock Mass in Dublin’s Pro-Cathedral last Sunday morning Archbishop Diarmuid Martin reminded the congregation that Pope Francis(...)

The choir of St John the Baptist Catholic church in Killeagh, Co Cork, which will  sing at the World Meeting of Families. Photograph:  Michael Mac Sweeney/Provision

At Mass in St Matthew’s church in Ballyfermot, Dublin, Fr Joe McDonald is criticising homophobia within the church. He jokes about people who have ask(...)

Norah Casey  wondered why women who might want a symposium on such themes had not organised one themselves.

Well-known Catholic Irish women were not invited to speak at the World Meeting of Families women’s symposium by organiser Norah Casey because her “per(...)

The ‘Voices of Impact: Women Leaders Shaping Global Change’, at the RDS on Saturday August 25th. as part of the World Meeting of families, will be chaired by broadcaster and entrepreneur Norah Casey. File photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

A symposium dedicated to the global impact of women’s leadership will be held as part of the World Meeting of Families (WMF) later this month. The ‘(...)

 Fr Tony Flannery who chaired the Association of Catholic Priests’  public regional meeting in Tuam, Co Galway, ahead of the Papal visit. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Pope Francis has been urged to avoid being “treated like a celebrity”, and to apologise to all those mistreated in the Magdalene laundries, mother an(...)

The World Meeting of Families takes place in Dublin in August

The fourth international gathering of the Church Reform Network takes place in Bratislava this week, from June 11th to 15th. This network, which is ma(...)

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(...)

Former president Mary McAleese addressing  a Voices of Faith conference in Rome on March 8th. Photograph: Patsy McGarry

Today, March 13th, is the fifth anniversary of the election of Pope Francis. In the years since I don’t think he has ever been challenged in quite the(...)

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