The Roman Catholic Church, purporting to represent God’s people on Earth, excludes half its membership from leadership positions, because they are female. Photograph: Giuseppe Lami

If, as Pope Francis said recently, every feminist is “machismo with a skirt” then I’m off to buy myself a new wardrobe. I couldn’t bear anyone questi(...)

Pope Francis shaking hands with Br Kevin Crowley at the Capuchin Day Centre on Bow Street in Dublin, as part of his visit to Ireland last month. Photograph: Maxwell Photography/PA Wire

My father died when I was five. Yet I found myself thinking of him often during the visit of Pope Francis. He once told me: “Those who like you from t(...)

Colm O Gorman, Director Amnesty International Ireland, and an abuse survivor at   Dublin Castle during the visit of Pope Francis. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/ The Irish Times

The Pope’s first speech on his visit to Ireland was “an incredible missed opportunity” to accept that the Vatican directed a cover-up of crimes, cleri(...)

Journalist Ursula Halligan spoke before the performance of the  ‘Rainbow Choir’, made up of LGBTI singers who gathered outside the World Meeting of Families at the RDS on Thursday, to sing in protest at the exclusion of LGBTI people and their families from the event. Photograph: Dave Meehan

Former TV3 political correspondent Ursula Halligan has called on the Catholic Church to ditch its language about gay people being “intrinsically disor(...)

Emily Dever, Carlos Velazquez, Xorje Olivares and Tiernan Brady at a press briefing by Equal Future 2018 in Ballsbridge. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/ Collins

Gay members of the Catholic Church have been urged to tell their stories of how they have been damaged by official church teaching on sexuality, ahead(...)

Former president Mary McAleese: ‘I had no hesitation at the end of the day, when it came to the vote. I absolutely voted ‘Yes’.’ Photograph: Getty

Former president Mary McAleese has said she voted in favour of repealing the Eighth Amendment with a “heart and a half” and that she had no intention (...)

Ursula Halligan of the We Are Church Ireland group which has started a petition calling on the pope to change Vatican theological language “that is gravely insulting to LGBTQI people”. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Same-sex couples can no longer be full members of the Presbyterian Church in Ireland nor can their children be baptised, the church’s general assembly(...)

Former president Mary McAleese addressing the Voices of Faith conference in Rome. Photograph: Patsy McGarry

The Catholic Church in its current form will not survive, former president Mary McAleese said in Rome on Thursday. “The clericalised church will not (...)

Ursula Halligan is stepping down as political editor at TV3. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

One of Ireland’s best-known television journalists, Ursula Halligan, is to step down as TV3’s political editor at the end of next month after nearly t(...)

Former finance minister  Brian Lenihan and ex-Department of Finance chief Kevin Cardiff: Mr Cardiff  received “low- key messages” from Mr Cowen’s staff to be “sensitive” to Mr Lenihan’s  situation.   Photograph: Frank Miller

The former secretary general of the Department of Finance Kevin Cardiff revealed how he was asked to report to taoiseach Brian Cowen if he felt Brian(...)

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