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Tuesday 31 January 2023 Dublin: 8°C

# Bishops

All time
# Abortion Law
Irish Bishops say people who voted for repeal 'may not be entirely happy with their choice’ one year on
Today marks exactly one year since the result of the referendum was announced
# cabra meeting
Pope to Irish bishops: Way Church confronts abuse 'can offer an example to society as a whole'
The pope met with the bishops before heading to the airport.
# Church and State
Bishops have 'constructive' meeting with Varadkar and ministers
The agenda for the meeting included the Eighth Amendment and the possibility of a visit to Ireland by Pope Francis.
# Maynooth
Social media use at priest training college to be reviewed after 'gay culture' allegations
The procedures for handing whistleblowers will also be looked at.
The Catholic Church still doesn't get the horror of child abuse
The Church – to quote the brilliant film “Spotlight” – thinks in centuries, writes Donal O’Keeffe.
# Reality check
90% of young Yes voters went to Catholic Schools - Diarmuid Martin
“The Church needs to ask itself when this cultural revolution began,” the Archbishop told Vatican Insider.
# No
Catholic leaders are out in force arguing against same-sex marriage
One bishop believes schoolbooks that view marriage as solely between a man and a woman could face legal challenges if the vote is passed.
# Referendum
Bishop 'regrets any hurt caused' by saying gay couples with children are not parents
Meanwhile, a rewording of the question in Irish being put to the public the same-sex marriage referendum has been announced.
# asylum seeking
Irish bishops want "urgent action" on Direct Provision
They say people seeking asylum are left on the margins of our communities.
# Church of England
'The Church has been wrong not to ordain women bishops'
So says the head of the world’s Anglicans, as he prepares for a vote on the issue this week.
# down with this sort of thing
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.
# Mother and Baby
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.
# livin' on a prayer
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.
# Abortion
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.
# Abortion
Catholic bishops urge Ireland to 'Choose Life!'
Irish Bishops have issued a statement about upcoming legislation on abortion.
# Marriage
Church stance on gay marriage could force Catholics to have two weddings
Catholic Bishops say they won’t recognise Ireland’s civil marriage system if it permits same-sex couples to wed.
# Not the News
Here is the week's news... skewed
Breaking via The Mire wire: Government apologises to Angela Merkel for Mayan apocalypse insult and the IMF’s seasonal message of good will to all. No, really.
# Abortion
Bishop fears X Case legislation will lead to abortion on demand
Leo O’Reilly, Bishop of Kilmore, says some supporters of the proposed abortion bill see it only as “the first stage”.
# Legislation
Bishops say expert group ignores risks of legislating for limited abortion
The group said that guidelines “may offer a way forward”, adding that abortion is “gravely immoral in all circumstances” and legislating for the X Case could “open the floodgates for abortion”.
# Complaint
Bishops claim Mario Rosenstock sketch is "grossly offensive"
The Catholic Communications Office said that a recent sketch “is grossly offensive to all Catholics” as it shows a man spitting into a bucket before receiving Holy Communion.
# Bishops
Bishops: Treatment that might put foetus at risk "ethically permissible"
They said this was the case with a seriously ill pregnant woman “provided every effort has been made to save the life of both the mother and her baby”.
# Priestless Parishes
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.
# IEC 2012
Pilgrim ponchos and altar wine: The Eucharistic Congress in numbers
With 20,000 of the faithful attending, the Catholic celebration begins officially today.
# Gay Marriage
Catholic Church moves against gay marriage proposals
The Pope has denounced the “powerful” US gay marriage lobby, while Catholics in Britain have been urged to defend heterosexual unions.
# Abuse
Bishops told seven more abuse reviews will be complete by June
The National Board for Safeguarding Children in the Catholic Church are due to release reports into a further seven dioceses by mid-summer 2012.
# Emigration
Noonan under fire from bishops after emigration comments
Emigration no longer a ‘lifestyle choice’, one cleric said – adding many people are being forced to leave Ireland.
# Budget 2012
Bishops urge government to abandon cuts to child benefit
At their winter meeting, the Irish Bishops’ Conference welcomes the U-turn on disability benefit – but remain concerned.
# Catholic Church
Bishops express concern over relations between Ireland and Vatican
In a statement, the Catholic bishops said: “A state’s foreign policy should include respect for the spiritual values of its citizens”.
# China
China considers ordaining seven more bishops amid rift with Vatican
The Vatican has already refused to recognise three bishops recently ordained by China’s state-controlled Catholic church.
# Cloyne
Vatican official dismisses Cloyne report criticisms
Fr Federico Lombardi has described as ‘curious’ claims that the Vatican had encouraged cover-ups – sparking fury from abuse survivors’ groups.
# Daily Fix
The Daily Fix: Sunday
In your Sunday Fix: A certain ginger-haired former media executive is arrested; the cost of smoking to Ireland’s economy; Come on Clarkey! and Hackgate: The Movie.