Posts Tagged ‘Cloyne’

Politician dumped as Mass reader over party abortion stance

Friday, May 27th, 2016

An Irish political candidate has been told he can’t do readings in his parish anymore because of his party’s stance over abortion law reform. Social Democrat candidate Ken Curtin was dropped as a reader at Mass in a County Cork parish at the order of the parish administrator Fr John McCarthy. The aspiring politician then Read more

Former Ireland president asks Vatican for leniency for liberal priests

Friday, June 1st, 2012

Former Ireland president Mary McAleese has called on the papal nuncio to show more leniency to priests who speak on controversial matters. McAleese told the Vatican’s Ireland representative, Archbishop Charles Brown, that the priests were held in high esteem by the public. The remarks were reportedly made during a lunch with the Papal Nuncio last month, Read more

Ireland’s church shows sign of renewal after loss of credibility

Thursday, May 31st, 2012

Ireland’s Catholic Church, host of the International Eucharistic Congress, has suffered a dramatic loss of credibility in recent years, but also shows signs of renewal after a decade of turbulence. While a recent survey by the Association of Catholic Priests found that weekly Mass attendance throughout the country is one of the highest in Europe Read more

Ireland’s PM slams suggestion that sex abuse row prompted embassy closure

Friday, November 11th, 2011

Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny has reacted angrily to claims that his row with the Vatican is behind the decision to close Ireland’s embassy to the Holy See.

The government leader has categorically refuted that the closure is down to anything other than economic reality.

Fianna Fail’s deputy leader Eamon O Cuiv challenged Kenny to admit his row with the Catholic Church over the Cloyne Report was the real reason behind the decision to close the embassy at the Vatican.

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Ireland’s diplomatic snub could make Vatican nightmares a reality

Friday, November 11th, 2011

The closure of the Irish embassy to the Holy See in Rome is a major setback for the Vatican. The decision by Ireland’s government brings to life a number of Vatican nightmares.

First of all, it was made for “economic reasons”, which means that keeping a diplomatic mission at the papal court is supposed to be expensive (implicitly, uselessly expensive). Worse, the costs just seem to be a pragmatic and neutral explanation to cover up a hot political struggle: the sex abuse scandalsinvolving Irish Catholic priests.

But in a period of financial turmoil, economy might be a perfect reason, or excuse, for other governments to take similar steps. This has happened before.


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Ireland Church crisis to have clerics filling supermarket shelves

Tuesday, November 8th, 2011

A leading priest in Ireland has launched a stinging shower against the Catholic Church hierarchy, accusing them of sticking their heads in the sand over a number of crucial issues. Fr Joe McGuane warned that if the current church regime continued, financial problems facing the church could leave some clerics “filling supermarket shelves at night or Read more

Profound disappointment at closure of Ireland’s embassy to Vatican

Tuesday, November 8th, 2011

The Catholic primate of Ireland, Sean Brady, says he’s profoundly disappointed at the Irish government’s announcement that it is to close its embassy to the Vatican. “I wish to express my profound disappointment at this decision which means that Ireland will be without a resident ambassador to the Holy See for the first time since Read more

An uneasy peace follows Ireland’s war with Vatican

Tuesday, September 20th, 2011

Almost everything the public knows about both the Cloyne Report and the Vatican’s response to it has been filtered through the media. The public therefore has a very faulty understanding of both documents and where the truth lies between the Irish Government and the Holy See in this whole affair. For example, most people probably Read more

Archbishop Diarmuid Martin on Holy See comments

Friday, September 9th, 2011

Apologetic Vatican fails to convince Irish government

Tuesday, September 6th, 2011

An apologetic Vatican acknowledged “grave failures” in its handling of child sex abuse in the Cloyne diocese, however has rejected claims that it in any way hampered a clerical child abuse inquiry, and said the accusation against it was unfounded. In a long-awaited 24 page report the Vatican expressed deep concern at the findings and “abhorrence” Read more