Posts Tagged ‘Ireland’

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

Pope’s views on homosexuality and women should change Comments 0

Monday, July 2nd, 2018

The Pope’s views on homosexuality and women should change, says former Irish President Mary McAleese. Focusing on homosexuality, she says she cannot go to the World Meeting of Families when the Pope visits Ireland in August, as it does not include LGBTI people. In her view, the Church’s “evil” teaching on homosexuality gave rise to Read more

Facebook’s ‘Say Nope to the Pope’ campaign Comments 0

Thursday, June 28th, 2018

A ‘Say Nope to the Pope’ Facebook page is encouraging people to protest against Pope Francis’s visit to Ireland in August. The campaign aims to ensure a low turnout at planned events at the triennial World Meeting of Families. So far over 1,000 people have clicked “attending” the protest and another 4,000 say they are Read more

Irish Government Minister voted for abortion, then helped at Mass Comments 0

Thursday, June 28th, 2018

An Irish Government Minister who campaigned for a “Yes” vote in the recent abortion referendum, led a prayer service at her local parish last weekend. Josepha Madigan, who is Ireland’s Minister for Culture, offered to lead a liturgy service because the priest wasn’t available. She was also a Minister for the Eucharist distributing consecrated hosts at Read more

Ireland’s former president: baptism forces babies to be Catholic Comments 0

Monday, June 25th, 2018

Ireland’s former president, Mary McAleese, says baptising babies is a violation of their human rights. By baptising children before they have reached the age of reason, the Church is creating “infant conscripts who are held to lifelong obligations of obedience,” she says. “You can’t impose, really, obligations on people who are only two weeks old Read more

Tenor Andrea Bocelli singing for Pope at World Meeting of Families Comments 0

Thursday, June 21st, 2018

Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli has been tipped to sing before Pope Francis at the World Meeting of Families (WMOF) in Dublin later this year. Negotiations are ongoing to secure the singer, who has sold more than 80 million records worldwide. If he does sign up for the concert, Bocelli will sing at the Festival of Read more

Irish hospitals must perform abortions if funded by government Comments 0

Thursday, June 14th, 2018

Irish hospitals that receive government money will be expected to carry out abortions when new abortion laws come into effect. This includes hospitals with a Catholic character, the Irish prime minister says. Prime Minister Leo Varadkar says doctors, nurses and midwives could opt out of performing procedures on conscience grounds. If they want to keep Read more

Ireland’s president apologises to Magdalene laundry women Comments 0

Thursday, June 14th, 2018

Ireland’s President Michael Higgins has described the treatment of women and children in state-controlled institutions managed by the Catholic Church as a “deep stain on Ireland’s past.” During an historic ceremony to honor former residents of Magdalene laundries, Higgins apologised to the women, whom he called “survivors of the Magdalene regime. “All of you and Read more

Irish vote shows need for new pro-life strategy Comments 0

Thursday, June 7th, 2018
Thomas Reece

The overwhelming vote in Ireland in favor of allowing access to abortion shows that the pro-life movement needs a new strategy. Trying to preserve anti-abortion laws or trying to reverse the legalization of abortion is simply not working. In almost every country where abortion has been on the ballot, abortion has won. Rarely have pro-choice Read more

Catholic “yes” voters to abortion shouldn’t marry in church Comments 0

Thursday, May 31st, 2018

Catholic “yes” voters in Ireland’s Eighth Amendment abortion referendum should not be allowed to marry in a Catholic Church, say two priests from Northern Ireland. In a letter to the Belfast Telegraph, Father Patrick McCafferty said yes voters should “get married in City Hall.” It is “dishonest to have a wedding in a church if Read more