Online Mass: The  designated devotional area increasingly became a designated liturgical one: attendance at Sunday Mass. This was the one time in the week into which a Catholic could plough his or her pious energies.

When future historians write the history of Irish Catholicism in the 21st century, the year 2020 will likely serve as a marker of profound religious c(...)

SSPX Resistance founder Richard Williamson travelled to the Cork branch last year. File photograph: Jens Falk/Reuters

Gardaí are to arrest a Cork activist next week on charges of “inciting hatred” against a Christian fundamentalist group operating in the county. The (...)

 “Many Christian churches are in meltdown and instead of listening and respecting the views of all those who have been hurt and alienated, there is this constant pull to return to old ways that have no contemporary meaning for so many good and noble people.” Getty Images

On July 1st, the People’s Republic of China placed a full-page advertisement in this newspaper. The text was written by the Chinese ambassador to Irel(...)

Pope Francis speaks with Iraqi president Barham Salih  during a meeting at the presidential palace in Baghdad  on March 5th, 2021. Photograph: Vatican media handout/EPA

The influential sociologist Max Weber (1864-1920) proposed the theory that religion would wither away with the advance of science and education. That (...)

Democratic presidential nominee and former US vice-president Joe Biden leaves St Joseph on the Brandywine Roman Catholic Church with his granddaughter Finnegan Biden  after attending Sunday Mass in Wilmington, Delaware, on October 25th, 2020. Photograph: Angela Weiss/AFP/Getty

The nomination of Amy Coney Barrett to the US Supreme Court has provoked much discussion, and a key question is whether her Catholic moral beliefs wil(...)

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(...)

The statue was damaged in June.

The Archbishop of Cashel Kieran O’Reilly has repeated his appeal for information which might lead to recovery of the head removed from a statue of a p(...)

‘However inadvertently, by citing Wojtyla in this way to make this point, Dr McAleese attributes to the author the very opposite position to the one that he holds.’ Photograph: Tom Honan

In the 1950s, a young Polish priest was lecturing in ethics at the Catholic University of Lublin (KUL), a university which not long previously had bee(...)

Gay Byrne: as he  passed through the Pearly Gates, he was probably still asking “Why?” Photograph:  Nick Bradshaw/PA

During my seminary days at the Irish College Rome, which largely coincided with the Second Vatican Council, I had a line to say in one of the plays we(...)

Mary McAleese. Photograph:  James Forde

Former president of Ireland Mary McAleese is a voice the Catholic Church “cannot do without”, a ceremony presenting her with a prestigious award in Ge(...)

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