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# catholic-church - Friday 20 February, 2015

The Catholic Church is coming up with new rules for priests accused of sexual abuse

The decision has been welcomed by an organisation representing priests in Ireland, which said support is needed for those wrongly accused.

# catholic-church - Friday 13 February, 2015

Four new primary schools will open in September, as Catholic Church loosens hold on education

It is part of a move to diversify the patronage of schools across the country.

# catholic-church - Tuesday 10 February, 2015

This loved-up couple received a special Valentine’s blessing today

Marriage is still an important institution in this country, according to new research released today, but attitudes to it are changing.

Archbishop says he is ‘seriously concerned’ about latest reports into child protection

The Franciscan friars have apologised to survivors who were abused while under their care.

# catholic-church - Wednesday 7 January, 2015

Cork man ejected from priesthood over abuse claims has appeal rejected by Rome

Dan Duane made the appeal to the Catholic Church’s highest judicial authority.

# catholic-church - Monday 22 December, 2014

Pope Francis accuses Vatican officials of power lust and gossip in Christmas speech

It was among 15 “ailments” the pontiff said top Church officials were suffering.

# catholic-church - Friday 12 December, 2014

Judge tells religious order to hand over priests’ files to abuse victim

Mark Vincent Healy is taking a legal case against the Holy Ghost Fathers.

# catholic-church - Thursday 30 October, 2014

# catholic-church - Tuesday 28 October, 2014

Pope backs evolution theory, says ‘God doesn’t have a magic wand’

The pontiff said that the Big Bang theory is not inconsistent with Catholic teachings.

# catholic-church - Sunday 19 October, 2014

Priest who won property dispute with former partner ‘taking time away from Church’

Bishop John Fleming said the news came as a “shock” to him.

# catholic-church - Monday 13 October, 2014

The Vatican has suggested it’s ready to welcome gay people… sort of

A document released by the Vatican today asks if it can welcome gay people “without compromising Catholic doctrine on the family and matrimony”.

# catholic-church - Friday 10 October, 2014

Opinion: Questions remain unanswered over the Tuam mother-and-baby home

To understand what happened, it is vital to hold inquests into the deaths of all those buried at the site of the former home.

# catholic-church - Wednesday 8 October, 2014

Archbishop wants the Catholic Church to “listen to married couples”

Diarmuid Martin says it’s time for “a new language” between the Church and couples.

# catholic-church - Sunday 5 October, 2014

Vatican looks to reform church’s stance on ‘living in sin’, marriage, and divorce

Pope Francis suggested the Catholic Church must address the present gulf between what it currently says on these issues and what tens of millions of believers actually do.

# catholic-church - Friday 26 September, 2014

Pope Francis fires bishop who promoted priest accused of sexual abuse

The bishop is the second the Pope has removed from office.

Opinion: Employees can still be discriminated against over their sexuality – this must end

The private lives of teachers and health workers should never be used against them, writes Senator Ivana Bacik.

# catholic-church - Thursday 18 September, 2014

Heart-wrenching documentary shines light on adoption trade of Irish ‘illegitimate children’

Martin Sixsmith travels to Ireland and America to reveal the moving stories of parents and children.

# catholic-church - Monday 8 September, 2014

Pope Francis accepts Cardinal Seán Brady’s resignation

The Primate of All Ireland retired on age grounds when he turned 75.

# catholic-church - Friday 22 August, 2014

Vatican official uses trucking company to explain why Church is not responsible for child abuse by priests

Survivors have said that he is making excuses for “inexcusable behaviour”.

# catholic-church - Thursday 21 August, 2014

Here’s what appeared to witnesses in Knock, 135 years ago today

“I threw myself to my knees…a hundred thousands thanks to God”

# catholic-church - Friday 15 August, 2014

Cardinal Seán Brady has offered to resign as Primate of All Ireland

The offer of resignation, in line with Canon Law, must be approved by the Pope.

# catholic-church - Thursday 14 August, 2014

Thousands arriving in Knock today for annual Catholic pilgrimage

Knock Knock, who’s there? 150,000 people…

# catholic-church - Wednesday 23 July, 2014

Opinion: Ring them bells! Why Ireland should never get rid of the Angelus

Twice a day, we should all stop and listen to those bells. Let them serve as a reminder of what happens when we outsource our thinking to anyone else.

# catholic-church - Thursday 17 July, 2014

Opinion: No person or institution can be left behind in the mother-and-baby home inquiry

There are serious concerns about the forthcoming mother-and-baby home inquiry; there is no international judge and a glaring lack of public debate.

Opinion: I became the first male survivor of Irish clerical sexual abuse to meet Pope Francis

It was such an important and historic moment for Irish survivors, where the Pope was left in no doubt about the human and spiritual cost that clerical child sexual abuse causes.

# catholic-church - Sunday 13 July, 2014

Pope promises “solutions” to celibacy in the priesthood

Francis also condemned child sex abuse as a “leprosy” in the Church.

# catholic-church - Tuesday 8 July, 2014

Opinion: It may seem heartless, but we shouldn’t fund an inquiry into religious-run homes

I shudder to imagine what those mothers and their beautiful babies went through. But we need to ask the difficult question: is this the correct use of funds that children living today so badly need?

# catholic-church - Monday 7 July, 2014

Martin: ‘Crisis of the sexual abuse of children in the church not a chapter of the past’

The Archbishop said that the Catholic Church must “do more” to help victims of abuse.

# catholic-church - Saturday 5 July, 2014

The numbers of priests and nuns in Ireland are dropping

In Dublin diocese there are now just two priests under the age of 40.

# catholic-church - Sunday 29 June, 2014

Opinion: Adoption, illegitimate children and ‘the bogey of proselytism’ in Catholic Ireland

The history of Ireland’s legal adoption battle is fraught with examples of church-state collusion, even after 1952 when legislation for it was finally enacted in Ireland.

# catholic-church - Saturday 14 June, 2014

Opinion: Where does fatherhood feature in story of mother-and-baby homes?

Interestingly, in all the coverage about mother-and-baby homes over the past few weeks, the role of the fathers hasn’t been addressed to any extent.

# catholic-church - Friday 13 June, 2014

Opinion: It is a bittersweet time for victims of institutional abuse – the least we can do is listen

Victims of mother-and-baby homes as well as the Bethany Homes must finally have their voices heard.

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Opinion: Abuse and neglect are being hidden in plain sight – but will we open our eyes?

History will judge us every bit as harshly as we are now judging the society which condemned women and children to mother-and-baby homes.

Catholic Church was within its rights to sack married priest says European Court

In the court’s view, it was not unreasonable for the Church to expect particular loyalty of religious education teachers.

# catholic-church - Tuesday 10 June, 2014

Bishops: We are reminded of a time when unmarried mothers were rejected by Church

They encouraged all those who ran these homes to gather and offer up any documents that might be of assistance.

# catholic-church - Sunday 8 June, 2014

Archbishop calls for ‘full-bodied investigation’ into all mother-and-baby homes

Diarmuid Martin said that any investigation needs to ensure that the culture that existed in past has been stamped out.

Opinion: Horror doesn’t belong to the past, Ireland’s most vulnerable are still marginalised and neglected

These are the unpalatable facts: we are living at a time of growing homelessness and food poverty, and we allow vulnerable children to socially excluded, neglected and ignored.

# catholic-church - Saturday 7 June, 2014

Aaron McKenna: The nation, not just the Church, bears responsibility for horrors of the past

For Irish people who lived through these times to claim no knowledge of what went on in places like Tuam is disingenuous – and smacks of “I was only following orders”.

# catholic-church - Thursday 5 June, 2014

Opinion: Tuam’s 800 babies – a legacy of shame and horror beyond words

The misogynistic meddling of the Catholic church in affairs of this young state was detrimental to the blossoming of a whole, enlightened and fulfilled society – and nobody bore the brunt of that more than vulnerable women and their babies.

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