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# priests - 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.

# priests - Tuesday 30 September, 2014

Want a church wedding? There might not be enough priests to do them in the future

The Association of Catholic Priests says married men should be allowed to become priests.

# priests - Thursday 18 September, 2014

We're running out of priests...

The number of priests entering the seminary in Ireland this year is less than a quarter of those in England and Wales.

# priests - Monday 25 August, 2014

14 men began their training for the priesthood this weekend

The number is down on last year, but roughly equivalent to previous years.

The 9 at 9: Monday

It’s fairly dull and gloomy out but here’s everything you need to know as you start your day.

# priests - Friday 22 August, 2014

From The Daily Edge Two Dublin priests did the ice bucket challenge and nominated the Pope's representative Cool Priests

# priests - Sunday 13 July, 2014

Pope promises "solutions" to celibacy in the priesthood

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

# priests - 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.

# priests - Monday 16 June, 2014

Anti-cruelty group calls for 'appalling' fox hunt blessings to end

The Irish Council Against Blood Sports has said it is unacceptable that some priests “endorse cruelty” by blessing hunts.

# priests - Friday 13 June, 2014

Eight in ten priests want to scrap the changes made to Eucharistic prayers

The Association of Catholic Priests said that Pope Francis may be open to updating the New Missal, but noted that a u-turn would be “embarrassing” for his predecessor Pope Benedict.

# priests - Monday 9 June, 2014

Priests warn that Church will 'implode' if it doesn't start ordaining women

Catholic bishops will discuss the issue at their annual conference this week.

# priests - Monday 12 May, 2014

Case files not kept by religious order on priest that abused in mission countries

Specialist assessments of this priest in 1985, 1997 and 2004 were not kept on file by the Society of the Divine Word.

Dublin Archdiocese commended for 'exemplar' child abuse allegation reporting system

The latest review commends the roles of Priest Support Co-ordinator and Priest Delegate – both roles being unique to the Dublin Diocese.

# priests - Sunday 11 May, 2014

Pope tells priests to be nicer to their congregations

Pope Francis also said that the church shouldn’t be obsessed with abortion, contraception and gay marriage.

# priests - Tuesday 22 April, 2014

School students could start late or finish early instead of going to religion classes

Minister for Education Ruairí Quinn also said he was disappointed in the lack of “genuinely inclusive schools”.

# priests - Friday 18 April, 2014

Irish Times to explain why controversial cartoon was removed from website

Archbishop Diarmuid Martin had said last week that priests were “hurt” by the cartoon’s publication.

# priests - Thursday 17 April, 2014

Diarmuid Martin says priests feel hurt over yesterday's Irish Times cartoon

The Archbishop said he is a strong believer in freedom of speech and of the vital role of satire in social criticism.

# priests - Friday 11 April, 2014

Pope Francis personally asks for forgiveness for child sex abuse by priests

He said he would not take one step back in regards to how abusers are dealt with and the sanctions that must be imposed.

# priests - Monday 24 February, 2014

Priest says Iona Institute didn't handle homophobia debate well

Fr Brendan Hoban said Iona’s ‘rush to the legal eagles’ was unwise.

# priests - Friday 17 January, 2014

Former Pope Benedict defrocked nearly 400 priests in two years for child abuse

Statistics for 2011-12 show a dramatic increase over the 171 priests removed in 2008 and 2009.

# priests - Wednesday 8 January, 2014

McAleese: Catholic Church 'in denial over homosexuality for decades'

Her comments were welcomed by liberal Redemptorist priest Fr Tony Flannery.

# priests - Tuesday 10 December, 2013

'Scant evidence' that Mayo/Sligo diocese told gardaí about child abuse

A report into the diocese of Achonry has found of the 11 priests against whom sexual abuse allegations were made, none were ever convicted of an offence.

# priests - Thursday 12 September, 2013

Pope's deputy says celibacy is 'not a dogma of the Church'

The recently appointed Vatican Secretary of State said that the issue is a great challenge for the Pope.

# priests - Monday 9 September, 2013

TDs who feel discouraged from seeking Communion 'should speak to their priest'

A spokesperson for the Catholic Church was responding to a report at the weekend that TDs were being warned off seeking Communion by their priests.

# priests - Saturday 31 August, 2013

Top readers' comments of the week

Here’s our round-up of the most interesting and most popular comments from this week. Did you make it in?

# priests - Monday 26 August, 2013

20 new trainee priests start studies at Maynooth

There are now 90 seminarians in total studying at the college.

# priests - Thursday 1 August, 2013

Column: Pope Francis' new and modern rhetoric is refreshing

We’ve watched people disappear from our churches in recent year but Pope Francis has brought some back, writes Father Seamus Ahearne, who says from his first appearance, this pontiff showed he was different.

# priests - Friday 5 July, 2013

From The Daily Edge Here's what happens when Father Ted and Game of Thrones collide Father Ted

Here's what happens when Father Ted and Game of Thrones collide

When two of television’s greatest shows come together.

# priests - Friday 7 June, 2013

The 9 at 9: Friday

We’ve almost arrived at the weekend. But before we get there, here are nine things you should know.

Priests say they are an easy target for false abuse allegations

The Association of Catholic Priests has spoken out in the wake of false allegations of abuse made against a Kerry priest.

# priests - Wednesday 5 June, 2013

Are Ireland's priests heading for extinction?

Numbers studying to be ordained are dwindling and one priest has suggested it is time to allow married men to fill the gaps.

# priests - Friday 26 April, 2013

Column: Is Ireland a nation of á la carte Catholics?

Ireland was traditionally a nation ruled by the Catholic Church. Now that people are drifting away, it’s important to examine why, writes Brian Conway.

# priests - Wednesday 24 April, 2013

Catholic child abuse: 164 allegations against 85 priests have led to zero convictions

“I am one of the fortunate survivors to have succeeded in securing a criminal conviction against one of two Spiritan priests who sexually abused me,” writes campaigner Mark Vincent Healy.

# priests - Friday 22 February, 2013

Catholic priests should be able to marry: British cardinal

Roman Catholic priests should be able to marry and have children, Britain’s most senior cardinal has said.

# priests - Monday 10 December, 2012

Column: So the Pope has joined Twitter. What will he learn there?

Social media is all about debate and dissent, writes Fr Tony Flannery – so perhaps it can teach the Vatican a lesson.

# priests - Sunday 16 September, 2012

Bishop of Clonfert John Kirby apologises for child sex abuse remarks

The Bishop released a special message to the people of his diocese today.

# priests - Saturday 8 September, 2012

Catholic newspaper predicts Ireland will have just 450 priests in 2042

The church is preparing for a time of priestless parishes.

# priests - Wednesday 5 September, 2012

The Irish Province of Spiritans: "Failure to create safe environments for children" Safeguarding This post contains images

The Irish Province of Spiritans: "Failure to create safe environments for children"

Summary of the main findings of the National Board for Safeguarding Children in the Catholic Church in Ireland into the religious order of the Irish Province of Spiritans.

# priests - Saturday 25 August, 2012

Group of young priests band together to buy a church in Limerick

The Church of the Sacred Heart Crescent in Limerick had lain empty for six years after a developer bought and – subsequently -abandoned it.

# priests - Thursday 23 August, 2012

Catholic church preparing for priestless parishes

The Irish Catholic newspaper has reported that Catholic bishops are drawing up radical new plans for laypeople-led Sunday services.