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# Catholicism

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Column: This wasn’t the Middle Ages, Bishop Kirby, it was the 1990s
Lisa McInerney asks why, if a senior member of the Catholic Church thought paedophilia was ‘crossing the line in friendship’, does the same Church think it can guide people on how to love and who to marry?
# Christianity
British Christians take religious dismissal cases to Strasbourg
The four Christians all believe they were sacked because of their religious beliefs, but lost employment tribunals.
Column: Ireland needs to become a fully secular state
Everyone is free to practice their religion – but that shouldn’t have anything to do with how we run the country, argue Nathan Wheeler and Sean Cassidy.
# Stolen Relic
'Relic of the True Cross' stolen from Co Laois church
A 3mm-by-3mm piece of wood, kept in a pewter case, was stolen from a case inside Holy Cross Church in Co Laois.
# well holy god
Big drop in number of Irish people who describe themselves as religious
Less than half of the Irish population say that they are religious.
# vatileaks
Pope speaks of human weakness in sinful church
The pontiff described the “destructive power of evil” affecting the Church as the Vatican battles a series of scandals.
Column: Don’t just blame the Catholic Church for symphysiotomies – blame the doctors
Catholic fundamentalism goes some way towards explaining the mid-set of obstetricians who performed the barbaric surgery, but it is not the entire story, writes Ruadhán Mac Aodháin.
# eucharistic congress
Kenny, Gilmore to host reception for high-ranking Catholic clergy
The Taoiseach doesn’t expect a hostile response from Church leaders tomorrow despite his speech on the separation of Church and State last year.
# IEC 2012
Anglican archbishop to speak as Eucharistic Congress focuses on unity
Diarmuid Martin yesterday stressed the “common baptism” between Catholic and Protestant Christians.
# Protest
LGBT group to protest at Eucharistic Congress
LGBT Noise says it wants to emphasise the principle of the separation of church and state at the event.
# Catholicism
Vatican criticises nun for her book about sexuality
The Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith issued a formal censure to the nun for her book which looks at masturbation, homosexuality and divorce.
# Faith
Fianna Fáil voters most likely to be Catholic, survey shows
A new poll also shows large numbers of Catholics do not believe in key teachings of the Church.
# Catholic Church
Head of 'Legion of Christ' admits knowing about priest's child seven years ago
The ongoing furore at the Legion of Christ orthodox order threatens to hurt the legacy of John Paul II, who championed its founder.
# new recruits
PHOTOS: Vatican welcomes 26 Swiss Guards into world's oldest army
The swearing-in ceremony for the new recruits took place in the Vatican today.
# Abuse
Brady never offered his resignation to the Vatican - Catholic Church
A report in a newspaper today said the Vatican had turned down Cardinal Brady’s resignation in 2010 – but the Catholic Church says this never happened.
# Cardinal Brady
Tánaiste suggests Cardinal Brady should "not hold a position of authority"
Eamon Gilmore said it was his personal view that anyone who did not deal with the scale of the abuse outlined in a BBC documentary this week should not be in a position of authority.
# Censured
Fr Brian D'Arcy 'censured by Vatican watchdog' - report
Sunday World columnist and media commentator Fr Brian D’Arcy is reportedly censured by the Holy See’s theological body.
# Nun of This
Vatican says nuns' group spends too much time on social justice
The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith says US nuns are too silent on matters such as the right to life.
# Daily Fix
The Daily Fix: Thursday
All the biggest news stories from the day, as well as the few bits and pieces you might not have seen.
# Alpha Course
Eucharistic Congress will offer 'crash course in Christianity'
‘Alpha’ – described as a “parish tool for evangelisation” – will offer pilgrims and the public a chance to explore basic questions.
Column: Cardinal Rules - The Easter epic
What happens when two rival live Passion Plays collide? This and the other Easter Weekend happenings from the (not) Primate of All Ireland.
# Urbi et Orbi
In full: Pope Benedict's Easter urbi et orbi address
The full text of Pope Benedict’s Easter morning address the world’s Catholics, as delivered in Rome this morning.
# easter
Archbishop says Catholics should not fear 'bringing Jesus's message into the world'
In his Easter homily, the Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin says the Church in Ireland is enduring a process of “purification”.
# Catholicism
Almost 2,000 volunteer for Eucharistic Congress
Up to 25,000 people a day are expected to attend the event when it takes place in Ireland this summer for the first time in eighty years.
# Cuba
Pope meets Fidel Castro in Cuba
The Pope gave an unusually political speech before hundreds of thousands of people in Cuba today.
# Flashback
It's coming this summer - but what was the Eucharistic Congress like in 1932?
More than one million people attended the final mass in Dublin’s Phoenix Park when it took place in 1932. This video shows what it was like.
# vatileaks
Vatican launches rare criminal probe into leaks
The Vatican is investigating the leak of confidential documents that allege corruption and financial mismanagement among Holy See officials.
# Is Nothing Sacred?
Anonymous claims responsibility for attack on Vatican website
The website of the Holy See was inaccessible for hours, with Anonymous demanding a revision to the Lateran Treaty.
# Vatican Embassy
Gilmore opens door for Vatican to relax embassy requirements
Eamon Gilmore tells the Dáil that the Holy See embassy closure could be revisited if the Vatican relaxes rules on dual embassies.
# Vatican Embassy
Tánaiste: We're not going to reverse Vatican embassy decision
The Tánaiste reiterated that the government will review the decision when Ireland’s financial circumstances improve.
# Cardinals
Pope appoints 22 new Cardinals - including 18 who will pick his successor
Pope Benedict XVI appoints 22 new Cardinals, all but four of them under the age of 80, at a ceremony at the Vatican.
Column: Cardinal Rules - On priests versus geeks
This week, the (not) Primate of All Ireland went to a Reclaim the Faith Conference. It was all going to be suitably pious – until the hotel was double-booked with a sci-fi convention…
Column: Cardinal Rules - On 'pop' culture 2012
The (not) Primate of All Ireland readies himself for a year of cultural gems like Fr Gerry O’Shea’s one-man avant-garde production, ‘I Don’t Know What You’re Talking About, Sure Everything Is Grand’.
# Courts
'Campaign for Conscience' lodges Supreme Court challenge to same-sex partnerships
The Mayo-based group believes major parts of the Civil Partnership Act are in conflict with the Constitution and therefore illegal.
Column: Cardinal Rules – There’s a guy outside my Tesco swears he’s Jesus
This week, the (not) Primate of All Ireland has a house guest – a bearded young man who wears sandals and speaks in Biblical tones. It couldn’t be… could it?
Column: Cardinal Rules – on Sinn Fein’s presidential campaign
This week, the (not) Primate of All Ireland is greeted by the Martin McGuinness supporters – but it all goes terribly wrong…
Column: Why are the Catholics being bailed out by the Protestants?
In Europe, it’s the Catholic countries that are economic basket cases – and maybe that’s no coincidence, writes comedian Abie Philbin Bowman.
# Lingo
New Roman Missal an 'own goal' by Catholic Church - priest
Catholic Mass gets some new lingo and we’ve compiled a simple users’ guide.
# fringe
Nutshell review: Do You Read Me?
Every day, brings you reader-generated reviews of the hottest tickets at the ABSOLUT Fringe Festival 2011.