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# Catholic Church

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# peter boylan
'I’m sorry it’s come to this but I did try to warn you' - Texts between hospital bosses as row deepens
Dr Peter Boylan has refused to resign from the NMH board.
# Sisters of Charity
Bishop says new maternity hospital should obey rules of Catholic Church
Health Minister Simon Harris has insisted the hospital will be independently run.
Opinion: 'The government won't remove the Church from its authority over social services until we demand it'
It will take legal challenges on the grounds of gender discrimination to fully remove the Catholic Church from publicly-funded services, writes Colleen Hennessy.
# it's a date
Vatican confirms Pope Francis to visit Ireland, almost 40 years after John Paul II
The Taoiseach announced the trip in November.
# Magdalene Laundries
'They’d put me in a room with nothing to eat and no windows. Then they would cut my hair to the bone'
A survivor returned this week to the Magdalene Laundry where she had been forced to spend her youth.
# India
Two nuns and priest arrested over cover up of baby born to girl allegedly raped by another priest
The teenage girl told investigators that the Catholic priest raped her at a church-run school last year.
# homily
Eamonn Casey 'did much good' but revelations about son were 'profoundly upsetting for Church'
President Michael D Higgins was among the mourners at the funeral today.
# Catholic Church
President Higgins leads wealth of tributes to 'pioneering' bishop Eamonn Casey
Casey died today after a long illness.
# Casey
Controversial bishop Eamonn Casey has died aged 89
He resigned as Bishop of Galway in 1992.
# money due
Pressure mounts on Church to 'pay up' on sexual abuse redress as Taoiseach says 'get on with it'
Taoiseach Enda Kenny said the Church needs to reflect on the commitment it made in 2002.
# Your Say
Poll: Should the State take over hospitals owned by the Catholic Church?
There have been calls for the hospitals to be handed over, amid criticism in relation to compensation owed to abuse victims.
# Ryan Report
Religious groups still owe €1.3 billion for institutional child abuse
Education minister Richard Bruton slammed the religious groups in a strongly-worded statement.
# tuam babies
Catholic bishop: 'We hang our heads in shame' over Tuam mass grave
Bishop Brendan Leahy was challenged by a woman at today’s Citizens’ Assembly.
# mark of respect
Public asked to lay flowers at graves of Magdalene women today
Over 1,600 women are buried in cemeteries around the country, many of whom are in unmarked graves.
# Collection Plate
The Vatican has cut its deficit by over €13 million
The financial disclosure for 2016 is expected in July.
# resistant to change
Abuse survivor Marie Collins resigns from Vatican commission
Collins said that some members of the Vatican hierarchy were unwilling to make changes.
# Catholic Church
Archbishop Martin says Connell 'was the one who finally began to realise the extent of the abuse'
Archbishop Diarmuid Martin referenced the Cardinal’s response to abuse allegations at his funeral today.
# hypocrites
Pope Francis says it's better to be an atheist than a 'hypocritical Catholic'
The pontiff said it is not good enough to merely go to Mass.
# Catholic Church
Former Archbishop of Dublin Desmond Connell dies aged 90
He died after a long illness.
# ah bless
'Loads of tender hugs' - Catholic Church releases gift tokens for Valentine's Day
Free gift tokens that can be be exchanged in return for favours are now available in cathedrals across the country.
# historic cases
'Shocking and indefensible': 1 in 14 priests in Australia accused of child abuse
The St John of God Brothers had 40% of its members accused of abuse.
# falling attendance
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
'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.
# the vatican
Controversial Roman Catholic group Opus Dei names its new leader
Fernando Ocariz will be the fourth chief of the organisation.
# condom row
'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.
# viability
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.
# Violent Crime
Missing Mexican priest found alive with "notable signs of torture"
Two priests have been killed in recent months in the eastern state of Veracruz.
# vengeful god
Italian priest claims deadly earthquakes are "divine punishment" for gay unions
The Vatican has rebuked the controversial Father Giovanni Cavalcoli for his comments.
# 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.
# history of halloween
'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.
# Your Say
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.
# Christ Almighty
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.
'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.
# Mass Protests
Gay married couple to return to church choir in Kildare after 'overwhelming' public support
A local Catholic activist had objected to their presence.
# praise the lord
Joyous scenes as Mother Teresa is now Saint Teresa of Kolkata
The nun was canonised today in front of about 100,000 pilgrims.
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.
# priest training
'Maynooth seminary has to change, we are living in a different world'
Archbishop Diarmuid Martin said “radical change” is needed within the Catholic Church.
# 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.
# enrolment policies
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?’
# investigations
Top Vatican cardinal being investigated by police over child abuse claims
Police in Australia said they are investigating Cardinal George Pell.