Vincent Twomey

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The encyclical provoked a ferocious reaction among millions of practising Catholics.

Fifty years ago this week, former government minister Mary O’Rourke was a teacher in Athlone while studying for a H Dip in Maynooth as Pope Paul VI pu(...)

Ireland ‘still has a good percentage of church attendance’ across the denominations. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Ireland “remains more God-fearing” than Britain, a leading Catholic theologian has said in response to research showing limited respect among British (...)

‘Advocates of abortion use technical terms  – or, preferably, non-technical, broad, and misleading terms such as a collection of cells – to detract from the reality that the miracle of a new human being has come into existence.’

“Hard cases make bad law” is a truism based on tragic experience. The campaign to repeal the Eighth Amendment to the Constitution is based, it seems t(...)

In their “Affirmation” academics defending church teaching say they “hold that the church’s teaching on contraception is true and defensible on the basis of scripture and reason”. Photographs: Getty Images

Two documents were published by Catholic Church scholars on Tuesday advocating rival stances on the church’s teaching on artificial means of contracep(...)

Minister for Education Jan O’Sullivan has introduced new election procedures for the boards of primary schools. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Private teacher training college Hibernia has received approval from the Catholic bishops for its religious education programme, removing any doubt a(...)

Hibernia College president Dr Seán Rowland has confirmed the college had never been on the list of Catholic Church-approved colleges, which was first published in 2011, but “we have asked to be on it now”.

Private teacher-training college Hibernia has asked Ireland’s Catholic bishops to add it to a list of approved colleges after graduates raised concern(...)

Marriage Equality: The Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (BAI) has said that it has not issued any direction requiring that broadcasters must automatically ‘balance’ a discussion with an opposing view. Photograph: Getty

The Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (BAI) has said that it has not issued any direction requiring that broadcasters must automatically “balance” a d(...)

Pope Benedict: in his original essay, the then Fr Joseph Ratzinger wrote that marriage was indissoluble in the eyes of the Catholic Church.   Photograph: Giampiero Sposito/Reuters

When Pope Benedict announced his surprise resignation last year, he vowed not to play an active role in church affairs under his successor. But he ma(...)

Pope Francis attends yesterday’s opening Mass of the Synod of Bishops in St Peter’s Basilica in Rome. Photograph: Franco Origlia/Getty Images

The prevailing mood among Catholics concerning the papacy of Pope Francis is one of uncertainty. Frequently, this is accompanied by anxiety – at the p(...)

Swiss Guards at the Vatican. An Extraordinary Synod of Bishops begins in Rome on October 5th.

Traditionalists in Rome’s College of Cardinals have decided to get their revenge in first, so to speak, prior to the Extraordinary Synod of Bishops wh(...)

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