Readers like you keep news free for everyone.

More than 5,000 readers have already pitched in to keep free access to The Journal.

For the price of one cup of coffee each week you can help keep paywalls away.

Support us today
Not now
Sunday 26 March 2023 Dublin: 7°C

# Catholic Church

All time
# Banned
Vatican sanctions Polish archbishop for cover-up of child sexual abuse
The retired archbishop has been banned from public service.
# church vs state
It's bishop's 'right' to hold communions despite Covid advice, says Catholic Comms Office
“The mission of the church cannot be put on hold indefinitely”, Bishop Kevin Doran said.
# Catholic Church
Vatican indicts 10, including Cardinal, on charges including extortion and abuse of office
Cardinal Angelo Becciu is among those facing an indictment.
# abuse scandal
Churches set ablaze as nearly 200 unmarked graves found at Canada indigenous school
The Catholic Church operated the school on behalf of the federal government from 1912 until the early 1970s.
# Saskatchewan
Remains of hundreds of children found at second Catholic-run indigenous school in Canada
It follows a similar discovery at a Catholic school in the country last month.
State on a go-slow in moving primary education from majority Catholic grip
Noteworthy spotlights a lack of coherence, communication and progress in the State promise to provide 400 multi-denominational primary schools by 2030.
In this first of a two-part deep dive into the promised creation of better educational choice, Peter McGuire finds a process in paralysis.
Just 13 multi-denominational schools have been established under divestment Catholic schools in the past 8 years.
Completed reports and surveys on school patronage lie unpublished while the Department continues to meet with the Irish Episcopal Conference every month.
# reinhard marx
Pope refuses to accept resignation of German cardinal over sex abuse scandal
German Cardinal Reinhard Marx offered to resign as archbishop of Munich and Freising over the church’s mishandling of abuse cases
# Forced Assimilation
Catholic Church urged to 'take responsibility' for abuse of indigenous children in Canadian schools
The remains of 215 children were recently discovered in unmarked graces.
# reinhard marx
German cardinal resigns over Church's 'failure' in abuse scandal
Criticising colleagues who “refuse to believe there is a shared responsibility in this respect”, Reinhard Marx said the Church is at “a dead end”.
# Vatican
Pope updates canon law to address sexual abuse of children by priests
It came after repeated complaints by victims of sexual abuse and others that previous wording within the code was outdated and opaque.
# Mary McAleese
Academic report, signed by Mary McAleese, 'disproves' Christian objections to same-sex relationships
The group of Christian theologians and academics are appealing directly to Pope Francis to make the change.
# Catholic Church
Dublin Archdiocese 'committed to protecting children' despite halving staff at safeguarding service
Five people have been let go from the unit, as part of a wider redundancy programme in the Archdiocese.
# Redress
'Pay us and acknowledge what happened': Mother and baby home survivors want compensation and a remembrance day
Some survivors have also called on the government to take legal action against the religious orders who ran the institutions if they refuse to pay financial compensation.
# Iraq
'I have heard voices of sorrow and loss': Pope Francis leaves Iraq after historic trip
During the first ever papal trip to Iraq, the Pope called for an end to violence and extremism.
# pope francis
Intense preparations being carried out ahead of Pope's visit to Iraq
Pope Francis is set to meet the revered Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani in Najaf.
# archbishop eamon martin
Catholic Church leaders urge Taoiseach and government to allow Easter celebrations
Archbishop Eamon Martin also urged Ministers to allow more people to attend funerals of loved ones during the pandemic.
# Analysis
How a God-fearing Ireland shamed, abandoned and punished its 'fallen' women and girls
‘My mother had been conditioned to feel grateful for the sanctuary of the home as she had committed a terrible sin in having sex outside of marriage and they would take care of her bastard child, me.’
# waterford whispers
Aengus Mac Grianna apologises for role in controversial 'God is rapist' skit on RTÉ
RTÉ has received thousands of complaints about the comedy sketch, which was broadcast on New Year’s Eve.
RTÉ apologises for mock broadcast which depicted God sentenced for rape
The clip is still currently available on the RTÉ player.
# Cardinal Vincent Nichols
UK Catholic Church leader says he won't resign over report into child sex abuse allegations
It found Cardinal Nichols “seemingly put the reputation of the church” above his duty to sex assault victims.
# Explainer
Q&A: Why was the Commission into Mother and Baby Homes set up and what did it examine?
The commission is due to submit its final report today, over five years after it was set up.
# Industrial School
'The beatings were regular and we worked until our fingers bled': My childhood in an industrial school
Mary Harney shares her personal story on a day where the fate of records of the Commission of Investigation into Mother and Baby Homes was debated on the Dáil floor.
# Level 3
Catholic archbishops ask Taoiseach to allow people attend mass
The four archbishops have requested a meeting with Micheál Martin.
# Quiz
Quiz: How much do you know about popes?
Test your knowledge.
# Catholic Church
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.
# LGBT Rights
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
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.
# let us pray
Taoiseach meets with Catholic leaders to discuss re-opening of churches
Churches, mosques and other places of worship have been closed for several weeks.
# Coronavirus
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.
# Education
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.
# Pontifical secret
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.
# Buffalo
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
# Religion
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.
# Sexual Abuse
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.
# Cork
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.
# Vatican
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.
# grave concerns
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
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 women
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.
# Your Say
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.