For many it’s a tall order to be asked to believe that, as the late American lawyer-philosopher Ronald Dworkin so neatly put it, “an all-powerful and all-knowing God created the universe, judges human lives, guarantees an afterlife, and responds to prayer”.

Recent controversy about clerical education at Maynooth invites the question whether the Catholic Church in Ireland has still further to fall. A flurr(...)

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(...)