Posts Tagged ‘Ireland’

Dublin councillors block Magdalene Laundry sale Comments 0

Thursday, September 6th, 2018

Several Dublin councillors are trying to stop the sale to a Japanese hotel chain of the last Magdalene Laundry building still in state possession. They have the support of over 9,500 people who have signed a petition to stop the sale. The Magdalene Laundries were Catholic-run workhouses for “fallen women”, unmarried mothers and orphans. The Read more

Pope in Ireland: Who won, who lost Comments 0

Thursday, August 30th, 2018

Now that the dust has begun to settle on Pope Francis’s whirlwind 32-hour visit to Ireland over the weekend, it’s time to step back and draw some tentative conclusions about how the pontiff fared, as well as who else gained and lost from the experience. A qualified success At one level, it’s easy to assume Read more

Ireland’s Taoiseach, religion should not be society’s centre Comments 0

Monday, August 27th, 2018

Ireland’s Taoiseach (Prime Minister) Leo Varadkar says religion should not be at the centre of society. Speaking on the weekend as Pope Francis made his first visit to Ireland, Varadkar noted since the last papal visit in 1979, Ireland has become more diverse. It is less religious and has modernised its laws on divorce, contraception, Read more

Irish victims of clergy abuse meet Pope Comments 0

Monday, August 27th, 2018

Irish victims of clergy abuse met with Pope Francis over the weekend during his visit to Ireland for the World Meeting of Families. His meetings met with a mixed response, with disappointment expressed by some of victims while others left heartened that he would respond to their plight. Read more Related Posts:Pope writes to Catholics Read more

Fading faith: Can the pope connect with a changed Ireland? Comments 0

Thursday, August 23rd, 2018

In the past four decades Ireland has become a different country, but you wouldn’t know it in Knock. In the small west of Ireland town that is home to the huge Marian shrine complex, it was hard to find a space on the tightly packed pews at 11am mass last week. The rows of the Read more

Church bells signal opening of World Meeting of Families Comments 0

Thursday, August 23rd, 2018

Church bells rang simultaneously and prayers were offered across Ireland’s 26 dioceses to launch the five-day World Meeting of Families Catholic congress. Read more Related Posts:Cardinal Dew to address conference in Ireland on the…Ireland’s Catholics collection for papal visitWorld Meeting of Families shuts out LGBT groupTenor Andrea Bocelli singing for Pope at World…

Abortion debate Argentina vs. Ireland: what made the difference? Comments 0

Thursday, August 16th, 2018

Early in the morning of Aug. 9, Argentina’s Senate soundly defeated a measure to legalize abortion through 14 weeks of pregnancy. (Their current law permits abortion in cases of sexual violence and to protect the mother’s health.) The intense debate—both in the culture at large and in the Senate chamber—often invoked a similar process that Read more

Irish foreign minister speaks of Vatican abuse deal Comments 0

Monday, August 13th, 2018

A former Irish foreign minister says a Vatican representative asked him for help to protect the Vatican from possible claims that might be made against the Church in the future. Dermot Ahern says a senior Vatican official sought him out to make an agreement in 2004. In the agreement, Ireland would indemnify the Catholic Church Read more

Britain’s Got Talent singing priest hopes Pope will spark new vocations in Ireland Comments 0

Monday, August 6th, 2018
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The most famous singing priest of Ireland discerned his call after St. John Paul II’s visit to the country in 1979. He hopes that Pope Francis’s trip in August will also spark new vocations. “I suppose people are a bit down over the Church. Certainly, vocations are down,” says Father Ray Kelly, the 65 year-old Read more

Priests have no credibility in marriage preparation Comments 0

Monday, July 9th, 2018

Priests are not the best people to train others for marriage, according to the head of the Vatican’s office for the family. “They have no credibility; they have never lived the experience; they may know moral theology, dogmatic theology in theory, but to go from there to putting it into practice every day … they Read more