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# Catholic Church

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'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.
Controversial Roman Catholic group Opus Dei names its new leader
Fernando Ocariz will be the fourth chief of the organisation.
'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 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.
Missing Mexican priest found alive with "notable signs of torture"
Two priests have been killed in recent months in the eastern state of Veracruz.
Italian priest claims deadly earthquakes are "divine punishment" for gay unions
The Vatican has rebuked the controversial Father Giovanni Cavalcoli for his comments.
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.
'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.
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.
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.
Gay married couple to return to church choir in Kildare after 'overwhelming' public support
A local Catholic activist had objected to their presence.
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.
'Maynooth seminary has to change, we are living in a different world'
Archbishop Diarmuid Martin said “radical change” is needed within the Catholic Church.
Social media use at priest training college to be reviewed after 'gay culture' allegations
The procedures for handing whistleblowers will also be looked at.
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?’
Top Vatican cardinal being investigated by police over child abuse claims
Police in Australia said they are investigating Cardinal George Pell.
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.
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.
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.
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.
'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 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.
Priest suspended after being charged with paying teenage boy for sex
The teen had been a cocaine addict.
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.
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…”
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
Some Ryan Report recommendations yet to be implemented due to lack of resources
The report was released in May 2009.
No convictions on over 50 abuse allegations against religious orders
The latest tranche of child protection reviews examines allegations against 20 orders.