Martin Long

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 Martin Long,  Catholic bishops’ spokesman, and Bishop Joseph Duffy: in April, Long said that if marriage were extended to same-sex couples, the church might no longer perform the civil aspects of weddings. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

The Catholic bishops are to gather in Maynooth this week for their summer meeting. It will be the first time they do so collectively since the same-se(...)

Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin. Catholic bishops have not made any decision on whether priests should decline to perform civil aspects of weddings if marriage is extended to same-sex couples following the May 22nd referendum. File photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins Dublin.

Catholic bishops have not made any decision on whether priests should decline to perform civil aspects of weddings if marriage is extended to same-sex(...)

Joe Duffy, presenter of RTÉ Radio 1’s ‘Liveline’. A complaint has been upheld about an item on the programme that discussed funeral sympathies. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

The broadcasting regulator has upheld a complaint against Radio 1 phone-in show Liveline (...)

The very process of gathering information on the views of people was in the spirit of Pope Francis, said Martin Long, spokesman for the Irish Catholic Bishops’ Conference. Photograph: AP Photo/Tony Gentile

The Association of Catholic Priests (ACP) has criticised a decision by Irish Bishops not to release the results of a Vatican-sponsored questionnair(...)

Former president Mary McAleese has said “a very large number” of Catholic priests are homosexuals

Former president Mary McAleese, who has urged a Scottish cardinal forced to stand down last year to admit publicly that he is gay, has said “a very la(...)

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