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# 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.

The 9 at 9: Friday

Good morning! Here are the nine stories you need to know.

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.

# catholic-church - Wednesday 4 June, 2014

Multiple government departments to deal with ‘deeply disturbing revelations’ of child burials

The issue has come to light as a result of research which found death records for 796 infants in an unmarked grave beside a children’s home.

# catholic-church - Tuesday 3 June, 2014

Dublin’s newest priest spent ten years as a car saleman

Fr Seamus McEntee, who is 48 ,was ordained by Archbishop Diarmuid Martin today.

# catholic-church - Saturday 31 May, 2014

Opinion: Mass grave ‘filled to the brim with tiny bones and skulls’ shows how we cherish children

The bodies of 800 “illegitimate” children, ranging in age from nine years to two days, have been uncovered in Tuam. But do people care any more now than they did then?

Column: How the Catholic Church and the media thought Satanic cults were a real danger to young people in the 1980s

If reports were to be believed, the Ouija Board rivalled the Game Boy in the popularity stakes with young people in Ireland in the 1980s and 1990s.

# catholic-church - Monday 26 May, 2014

Pope Francis made an unexpected stop at the Western Wall to pray and leave a note

The Pope’s note was different to that left by Pope John Paul II over a decade ago.

# catholic-church - Saturday 17 May, 2014

Opinion: First Holy Communion etiquette for sensible spenders

Let me warn you now about those who may try to get you spending against your will – and help you to defend yourself.

# catholic-church - Friday 16 May, 2014

Bishop says there can be over-reliance on Churches to provide when people are failed by social policy

He also said that families should not have to rely on charity to feed themselves.

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