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# catholic-church - Saturday 12 September, 2020

Quiz: How much do you know about popes?

Test your knowledge.

# catholic-church - Friday 17 July, 2020

New Vatican manual advises bishops on how to report sex abuse claims

The new advice says bishops “should” report claims – but critics have said it should be mandatory.

# catholic-church - Tuesday 30 June, 2020

Mary McAleese condemns Catholic Church for 'intrinsically evil' teachings on homosexuality

The former Irish president warned of the damaging impact the church is having on Ireland younger LGBT community.

# catholic-church - Tuesday 9 June, 2020

Priests in face coverings and communion in the hand only: Here's how churches plan to return to Mass

Religious services can resume during Phase Three which begins on Monday 29 June.

# catholic-church - Friday 15 May, 2020

Taoiseach meets with Catholic leaders to discuss re-opening of churches

Churches, mosques and other places of worship have been closed for several weeks.

# catholic-church - Sunday 15 March, 2020

Parishioners urged to check if their Sunday mass is being streamed online as Church adheres to ban on gatherings

Church leaders said that masses would be cancelled in response to the public health crisis caused by coronavirus.

# catholic-church - Monday 23 December, 2019

Enrolments rise in multi-denominational schools, but there's been a very slight decrease in Catholic schools

Almost 940,000 pupils are enrolled in primary and post-primary schools in Ireland.

# catholic-church - Tuesday 17 December, 2019

Vatican amends Church law to remove papal confidentiality around child sex abuse cases

The reform is part of changes being introduced by the Church today.

# catholic-church - Wednesday 4 December, 2019

New York bishop steps down amid ongoing clerical abuse scandal

The Buffalo bishop has been accused in US media of hiding the names of accused priests

# catholic-church - Tuesday 3 December, 2019

Plans to modernise chaplaincies at third level institutions have stagnated, despite major review

A 2015 review found several institutions had no public appointment or tendering procedure for the employment of chaplains.

# catholic-church - Tuesday 26 November, 2019

Two priests who sexually abused deaf children each sentenced to over 40 years in prison in Argentina

The victims were children and adolescents aged between four and 17.

# catholic-church - Wednesday 9 October, 2019

Nuns accused of 'run and grab all' as Bessborough campus put up for sale

€30 million in State funding has been spent on the site over the last two decades.

# catholic-church - Sunday 6 October, 2019

Pope Francis hosting conference which will debate whether married men could be priests

The move is part of discussions to address a shortage of priests in the Amazon region.

# catholic-church - Monday 30 September, 2019

Church leaders call for restoration of Stormont to stop abortion law being passed in North

Abortion will be decriminalised in the North if the collapsed assembly is not restored by 21 October.

# catholic-church - Tuesday 17 September, 2019

Cardinal George Pell lodges new appeal against convictions for child sex abuse

Pell is currently serving a six-year sentence for sexually assaulting two choirboys in the 1990s.

# catholic-church - Saturday 14 September, 2019

US-based female bishop wants to hear from Irish women who are 'ready to lead'

The US-based group is holding a conference today in Dublin.

# catholic-church - Monday 8 July, 2019

Poll: Does Ireland need a new temperance movement to address alcohol and drug use? Your Say This post contains a poll

Poll: Does Ireland need a new temperance movement to address alcohol and drug use?

The temperance movement is a social movement against the consumption of alcoholic drinks.

# catholic-church - Thursday 4 July, 2019

Leo Varadkar apologises for Dáil comments about priests sinning behind the altar

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin was the target of Varadkar’s comments and he’s now responded to the apology.

# catholic-church - Monday 3 June, 2019

France begins its independent inquiry into Catholic Church sex abuse

Thousands are expected to contact the hotline, while face-to-face interviews with victims will be held at a later date.

Archbishop says Dublin drug cartels will be stopped from 'exploiting' religious services

He said that religious services would no longer be used to “glorify” Dublin drug cartels’ images.

# catholic-church - Sunday 19 May, 2019

Opinion: Are we ready to let go of the Catholic Church's rituals?

Baptism, First Communion, Confirmation, Marriage and Burial are now rites of passage but do we understand their theological foundations, writes Shane Dunphy.

# catholic-church - Wednesday 15 May, 2019

Poll: Would you support an opt in approach to sacraments in Catholic schools? Your Say This post contains a poll

Poll: Would you support an opt in approach to sacraments in Catholic schools?

A recent survey shows Catholic schools want preparations for Confirmations and Communions to take place outside the classroom.

# catholic-church - Thursday 9 May, 2019

Pope issues law requiring Catholic clergy members to report sex abuse - but not to police

The law declares that anyone who has knowledge of abuse is obliged to report it to the Church.

# catholic-church - Thursday 25 April, 2019

Death toll from Sri Lanka Easter bombings revised down by over 100

Two sons of a wealthy Sri Lankan spice trader are among the suspected suicide bombers.

# catholic-church - Thursday 18 April, 2019

Diarmuid Martin: 'It's hard to believe that evidence has simply vanished and that no one can remember'

He called on the Church to avoid returning to attitudes it had shown in the past.

# catholic-church - Thursday 11 April, 2019

Ex-pope Benedict XVI blames clerical sex abuse on 1960s sexual revolution

Benedict has written a 6,000-word essay for Klerusblatt, a German monthly magazine for clergy.

# catholic-church - Friday 5 April, 2019

Archdiocese postpones vote on patronage of Dublin schools, citing 'confusion' about Church celebrations

It was claimed earlier this week that pupils would not celebrate Christmas at Educate Together schools.

# catholic-church - Tuesday 2 April, 2019

Claims that children can't celebrate Christmas at Educate Together schools 'incorrect and misleading'

It has been claimed by one gaelscoil that Irish greetings like dia duit would no longer be allowed.

# catholic-church - Saturday 23 March, 2019

Pope accepts resignation of Chile cardinal over sex abuse cases

Ricardo Ezzati, archbishop of Santiago, is the highest-ranking Catholic official in Chile.

# catholic-church - Wednesday 20 March, 2019

'The Rosary is a weapon': New documentary reveals how a CIA-funded Irish priest fought Communism

Fr Patrick Peyton taught Americans to recite the Rosary from the 1940s onwards.

# catholic-church - Tuesday 19 March, 2019

Pope rejects resignation of French cardinal convicted of sex abuse cover-up

France’s highest-ranking Catholic official failed to report sex abuse by a priest.

# catholic-church - Friday 15 March, 2019

Diarmuid Martin expresses concern over 'anti-Islamic sentiments being expressed in social media in Ireland'

Martin said that some of this anti-Islamic sentiment came from publications “purporting to be of Catholic inspiration”.

# catholic-church - Thursday 7 March, 2019

French cardinal given six-month suspended sentence for helping to cover up child abuse by priest

Cardinal Philippe Barbarin failed to report the abuse of a child between 2014 and 2015.

# catholic-church - Sunday 3 March, 2019

Opinion: Is the Catholic Church still covering up child sex abuse on the grounds that it is a 'pontifical secret'?

The summit heard that the canon law protection of ‘pontifical secret’ had been applied to numerous clerical abuse cases. Bizarrely, it was suggested that this practice should not continue – indicating that it is ongoing. writes Shane Dunphy.

# catholic-church - Tuesday 26 February, 2019

Australian Cardinal George Pell found guilty of sexually assaulting two choirboys

He has now become the most senior Catholic cleric ever convicted of child sex crimes.

# catholic-church - Saturday 23 February, 2019

Top Catholic cardinal admits Church files on sex abuse were 'destroyed'

The cardinal was speaking at a landmark Vatican summit on tackling sex abuse in the clergy.

# catholic-church - Friday 22 February, 2019

Cases of sex abuse by priests in Poland exposed in new report

The document details the cases of 85 priests convicted of paedophilia.

# catholic-church - Saturday 16 February, 2019

Vatican defrocks former cardinal over sexual abuse of teenager in US

It is the first time a cardinal has ever been defrocked for sex abuse.

# catholic-church - Tuesday 12 February, 2019

Sealed with a kiss: This to-be-wed couple is getting some help from St Valentine

The couple were blessed by a bishop in front of the saint’s shrine.

Culture minister: 'Glass ceilings are being broken in many sectors - so why not in the Church?'

The event had to be rescheduled after complaints made to the original venue because of the minister’s role in the Repeal campaign.

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