Three years ago the Association of Catholic Priests, the Association of Catholics in Ireland and We Are Church Ireland, wrote a joint letter to all the Irish bishops requesting them to make public their quinquennial reports to the Vatican.
The Association of Catholic Priests, a group representing over 1,000 priests in Ireland, is warning of “unease, upset and anger” among clerics over the public health responsibility some are even being “bullied” into taking on in the post-COVID-19 return to public Masses.
An Irish priest has urged the Church to learn lessons from the “dress rehearsal” of COVID-19-related suspensions of public liturgies, warning that “in a decade or so Sunday Mass will not be celebrated in every parish”.
The Irish Bishops are calling on citizens to “examine our own consciences” on racism, saying that the discrimination and oppression of minorities “is not just an American phenomenon”.
The Irish Bishops have launched a framework document for the return to public Masses, insisting that, in the words of Archbishop of Tuam Michael Neary, the COVID-19 aftermath is “a tremendous opportunity to rediscover ourselves as Church”.
The Archbishop of Armagh and Primate of All Ireland, Eamon Martin, called in his sermon for Trinity Sunday for help from young people to manage the transition back to full parish life after COVID-19.
In Europe, after months of restrictions due to the Covid-19 pandemic, countries are slowly getting back on their feet. But they are also facing a very different economic outlook, with nations bracing themselves for the biggest downturn in decades.
The Archbishop of Dublin has issued a warning after a church – that of the Church of the Guardian Angels in Blackrock – reopened for public Mass despite ongoing coronavirus restrictions.
Despite the concerns of priests in the country, the Irish Bishops are eager “to move beyond the virtual” and return to public Masses post-COVID-19, drawing up a framework document in case the health situation should permit the resumption of public liturgical life before the current timeline of July 20.
The Association of Catholic Priests, a group representing over 1,000 priests in Ireland, has warned that a premature return to public Masses amid the coronavirus pandemic – before the date determined by health authorities, that of July 20 – would be “grossly irresponsible”.
For World Communications Day today, Irish Primate Eamon Martin has said that hopes 2020 will be remembered as “the year we learned to appreciate each other more”.
Irish Church leaders have warned that “peace is still a costly, precious and fragile commodity” on the 75th anniversary of Victory in Europe Day today, May 8.
The people of Ireland were Wednesday consecrated to the Immaculate Heart of Mary on this the Feast of the Annunciation of Our Lord for protection against the coronavirus.
Archbishop of Armagh and Primate of All Ireland, Eamon Martin, called in a homily Sunday for “generosity and flexibility” from lenders and landlords amid a spike in coronavirus cases across the island to over 1,000.
An Irish archbishop has said it is “utter irresponsibility” not to maintain social distancing in times of coronavirus, while an Irish priest has blasted Catholics who are continue to insist on receiving Communion on the tongue.
The Dublin archdiocese is looking for new lay ministries to connect beyond people around in the Church and ensure that it “thrives into the future”.
On a St. Patrick’s Day in Ireland sombre due to the coronavirus crisis, the Primate of All Ireland, Archbishop of Armagh Eamon Martin, has called for an “outpouring of the works of mercy” as church bells have rung out across the country “as call to prayer and social solidarity”.
Dublin’s St. Patrick’s Day parade to be held March 17 has been cancelled over fears of the spread of coronavirus, but Ireland’s Bishops are urging their fellow citizens to keep their spirits up and to “care for one another” during the outbreak.
An Irish diocese is preparing for life without priests, and warning that by 2035, just fifteen years away, between just five to seven priests will be serving the diocese’s 22 parishes.
The nuncio in Ireland has been blasted for ignoring a female Church reform group co-coordinator, in a snub she described as like a “punch in the stomach”.
Women, of all ages and from various walks of life, will gather on Sunday 8th March outside the residence of the Papal Nuncio in Dublin to send a strong message to Pope Francis that they will no longer tolerate the second class status of women in the Catholic Church.
Former Irish president Mary McAleese has demanded the Vatican be held to account over the abuse committed by the ‘saint’ of the disabled Jean Vanier, recently revealed to have sexually and spiritually assaulted at least six women.
“Catholics must learn from the faith and the expressions of faith and holiness in other Churches”, the Archbishop of Dublin has said.
The Annual Day of Prayer for Survivors and Victims of Sexual Abuse was marked in Ireland on 28 February, the first Friday of Lent.
It’s been a year since Church leaders, abuse survivors and experts came to the Vatican for an unprecedented summit entitled the “Protection of Minors in the Church”.
On married priests and women deacons, “Francis needs to bite this bullet” and “soon”, the Association of Catholic Priests (ACP) in Ireland has warned.
An Irish Church development organisation has denounced that disasters stemming from climate change kill 14 times more women than men.
Lent is starting today. This is a special time of the year when we are invited to pray, reflect and feel closer to one another.
The Archbishop of Dublin has again hit out at the Irish government over “failures” in the healthcare system, for the second time in two weeks.