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# Catholic Church

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# 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.
# over the wall
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.
# Abuse
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.
# Abstain
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.
# Papal Visit
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.
# Opting out
'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.
# Abuse
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.
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.
# Milan
Priest suspended after being charged with paying teenage boy for sex
The teen had been a cocaine addict.
# Catholic School
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.
# Patronage
Secular Schools Ireland to apply to run three new primary schools in Dublin
Some 96% of primary schools are under religious control.
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.
A clerical child abuse survivor’s experience of the movie Spotlight
“Spotlight is largely about journalists and journalism…”
# almighty question
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.
# easter tradition
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
The New York Times has put the spotlight on having to baptise a child to get them into school
We’ve made the front page.
# set in stone
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?
# Child Abuse
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.
# coping international
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.
# Catholic Church
'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.
# Child Abuse
Some Ryan Report recommendations yet to be implemented due to lack of resources
The report was released in May 2009.
# Child Abuse
No convictions on over 50 abuse allegations against religious orders
The latest tranche of child protection reviews examines allegations against 20 orders.
# Catholic Church
Archbishop reveals concerns about recent cases of possible abuse by priests
Archbishop Eamon Martin said he has dealt with three or four situations in the last year.
# walk for eva
Crowds turn out to support family of Dublin girl who failed to get place in local school
The case generated headlines when it came to light earlier this year.
# Poll
Would you baptise your child to get them into a school?
Minister for Education Jan O’Sullivan has said that she is not comfortable with the concept.
# Going straight to hell
Irish priests are ignoring the Pope and calling for female clergy in churches
The 12-strong group now face the wrath of Vatican officials in Rome.
# Stranger Than Fiction
24 years ago a US television network aired an actual exorcism...
Uncomfortable viewing.
# synod
Catholic bishops have a new view on allowing divorced people receive communion
Their view on gay marriage, however, remains unchanged.
# Catholic Church
Pope apologises after reports of priests using drugs and paying for sex with homeless men
The reports concern several priests in a Rome parish.
# cloak and dagger
Is 'Vatileaks' back? Machivellian cardinals are plotting against Pope Francis
A letter signed 13 by conservative cardinals accused the church of engineering procedures in favour of liberals.
'By getting on that train a group of brave women made the Catholic Church and the Irish state look ridiculous'
Playwright Arthur Riordan explains how two men go about writing a musical about feminism.
# Your Say
Poll: Should women be able to become priests?
Pope Francis has previously ruled out admitting women to the ranks of the clergy.
'My religion lapsed three decades ago, but I am irritated by a-la-carte Catholics'
By staying Catholic I feel liberals hypocritically give tacit approval to behaviour and attitudes they find offensive, writes Donal O’Keeffe.
# gino flaim
Italian priest suspended after saying he "understands" paedophilia
Fr Gino Flaim added that homosexuality was an “illness.”
# franno
The Pope has dropped the biggest hint yet that he's coming to Ireland in 2018
Dublin is to host the World Meeting of Families.
# gothic remains
Extraordinary photos showcase Ireland's abandoned churches
And give a fascinating insight into our religious history.
# US Visit
When Francis met Barack: Here's what the Pope spoke about during his White House visit
Washington is pulling out all the stops for the historic visit.