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# catholic-church - Friday 3 February, 2017

Huge Finglas church to close its doors

The Church of the Annunciation will be demolished to make way for a much smaller church.

# catholic-church - Sunday 29 January, 2017

'The Church is in a state of utter collapse': Irish priests at odds with Vatican speak out

Fr Tony Flannery and Fr Sean McDonagh have sharply criticised how the Vatican treats clergy and, in particular, women.

# catholic-church - Tuesday 24 January, 2017

Controversial Roman Catholic group Opus Dei names its new leader

Fernando Ocariz will be the fourth chief of the organisation.

# catholic-church - Saturday 24 December, 2016

'Unacceptable': Order of Malta not happy as Pope Francis launches inquiry

The order’s grand chancellor was dismissed recently, amid reports of a policy row over the use of condoms.

# catholic-church - Friday 9 December, 2016

Catholic Church claims some unborn babies are 'spoken of as if they were as good as dead'

The claim was made in a submission to the Citizens’ Assembly.

# catholic-church - Monday 14 November, 2016

Missing Mexican priest found alive with "notable signs of torture"

Two priests have been killed in recent months in the eastern state of Veracruz.

# catholic-church - Saturday 5 November, 2016

Italian priest claims deadly earthquakes are "divine punishment" for gay unions

The Vatican has rebuked the controversial Father Giovanni Cavalcoli for his comments.

# catholic-church - Monday 31 October, 2016

From The42 Ex-Northern Ireland and Man United player Philip Mulryne one step closer to being ordained a priest The Calling

Ex-Northern Ireland and Man United player Philip Mulryne one step closer to being ordained a priest

The 38-year-old was ordained as a deacon this weekend.

# catholic-church - Sunday 30 October, 2016

'Samhain was an obvious time to commemorate the dead'

A historian talks us through some Halloween traditions, from preparing the house for spirits to trick or treating.

# catholic-church - Wednesday 26 October, 2016

Poll: Do you agree with the Vatican's stance on scattering ashes? Your Say This post contains a poll

Poll: Do you agree with the Vatican's stance on scattering ashes?

The Catholic Church has said ashes should not be scattered or kept at home.

# catholic-church - Friday 21 October, 2016

Parishioners in Canada are upset at this restored statue of the baby Jesus

“I wasn’t trained for this in the seminary,” the local priest said.

# catholic-church - Saturday 15 October, 2016

'Perverse decision' - Cardinals not happy about plans for McDonald's to open in the Vatican

The new McVatican comes with a side order of outrage.

# catholic-church - Friday 9 September, 2016

Gay married couple to return to church choir in Kildare after 'overwhelming' public support

A local Catholic activist had objected to their presence.

# catholic-church - Sunday 4 September, 2016

Joyous scenes as Mother Teresa is now Saint Teresa of Kolkata Praise The Lord This post contains videos

Joyous scenes as Mother Teresa is now Saint Teresa of Kolkata

The nun was canonised today in front of about 100,000 pilgrims.

# catholic-church - Friday 26 August, 2016

Tom Clonan: The Catholic Church can either reform itself after the Maynooth mess - or risk looking like a Fr Ted episode

Change is hard in big organisations – but the Catholic Church’s approach to the problems in Maynooth have been less than encouraging.

# catholic-church - Thursday 25 August, 2016

'Maynooth seminary has to change, we are living in a different world'

Archbishop Diarmuid Martin said “radical change” is needed within the Catholic Church.

# catholic-church - Wednesday 24 August, 2016

Social media use at priest training college to be reviewed after 'gay culture' allegations

The procedures for handing whistleblowers will also be looked at.

# catholic-church - Tuesday 2 August, 2016

Unbaptised and bottom of the list - frustrated and worried parents speak out

‘Baptise your child just to get into a school or don’t baptise but then fear your child may be ostracised from their class group?’

# catholic-church - Thursday 28 July, 2016

Top Vatican cardinal being investigated by police over child abuse claims

Police in Australia said they are investigating Cardinal George Pell.

# catholic-church - Monday 25 July, 2016

Irish priest takes key investigative role in examining $9 million Argentinian political scandal

A former government minister was caught throwing bags of cash over the wall of a convent.

# catholic-church - Tuesday 12 July, 2016

Judge tells religious order to hand over priests' files to abuse victim

Mark Vincent Healy is taking a legal case against the Holy Ghost Fathers.

# catholic-church - Thursday 7 July, 2016

US archbishop says divorced Catholics should avoid sex, live 'as brother and sister'

Archbishop Charles Chaput issued a new set of pastoral guidelines for clergy and other leaders of the archdiocese.

# catholic-church - Friday 20 May, 2016

Pope Francis set to visit Ireland - reports

It is thought that the visit will take place in 2018 during the World Meeting of the Families in Dublin.

# catholic-church - Monday 16 May, 2016

'Like most of my friends, I baptised my children so they could go to school': The anger of Ireland's non-religious parents

Documents released to under freedom of information show the anger of Ireland’s non-religious parents.

# catholic-church - Wednesday 4 May, 2016

Catholic priest visited girl's family home after she made abuse allegation

The latest tranche of child protection reviews found 288 allegations were made against the Catholic Church.

# catholic-church - Saturday 23 April, 2016

Given up on Catholicism? Why you should tick 'no religion' on the census tomorrow

Religion is all of our business when over 90% of state-funded schools remain in church hands, writes Donal O’Keeffe.

# catholic-church - Saturday 26 March, 2016

Priest suspended after being charged with paying teenage boy for sex

The teen had been a cocaine addict.

# catholic-church - Thursday 17 March, 2016

Teacher fired after anonymous letter said she was unmarried and pregnant settles case

The school said she breached her contract by going against the religious and moral teachings of the church.

# catholic-church - Monday 14 March, 2016

Secular Schools Ireland to apply to run three new primary schools in Dublin

Some 96% of primary schools are under religious control.

# catholic-church - Monday 29 February, 2016

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.

# catholic-church - Wednesday 27 January, 2016

A clerical child abuse survivor’s experience of the movie Spotlight

“Spotlight is largely about journalists and journalism…”

# catholic-church - Friday 22 January, 2016

What did God do before the world was made? The Pope has given an answer

It’s part of a children’s book the Pontiff has written.

Pope changes rule to allow women have their feet washed on Holy Thursday

Shortly after he was elected, Francis raised conservative eyebrows by performing the rite on men and women, Catholics and Muslims.

# catholic-church - Monday 18 January, 2016

Britain looks like getting a fixed date for Easter... but what are the chances of it happening here?

Could we be set for Easter Sunday to happen at the same time of year each year?

# catholic-church - Sunday 10 January, 2016

Spotlight movie shines light on Catholic Church abuses that are all too familiar

The new Hollywood movie focuses on the Pulitzer Prize winning investigation carried out by The Boston Globe into the Catholic Church’s cover-up of child-molesting priests.

The Catholic Church does not promote an egalitarian ethic - it never has

The Catholic Church has a record of abuse, twisted morality and regressive politics, writes Julien Mercille.

# catholic-church - Saturday 2 January, 2016

The Irish organisation that made gains for the children of priests in 2015

Coping International has received commitments from the Catholic hierarchy around the world over the past year.

'It's insulting to parents to say they're baptising their children to get them into a school'

The Primate of Ireland Archbishop Eamon Martin said it was being overstated that this occurred regularly.

# catholic-church - Monday 28 December, 2015

Some Ryan Report recommendations yet to be implemented due to lack of resources

The report was released in May 2009.