Posts Tagged ‘Ireland’

Suicide and depression rising among Irish priests Comments 0

Tuesday, December 6th, 2016

Suicide and depression and being turned into “sacrament dispensing machines” are part of an ongoing struggle for many Irish priests. Diocesan priests in Ireland are ““often pitied, patronised, reviled, insulted, disrespected, ignored and resented.” These words came from Fr Brendan Hoban at last week’s annual meeting of the Association of Catholic Priests (ACP). Abuse scandals  Read more

Ireland 2018 – Pope’s agenda suggests plans to attend World Meeting of Families Comments 0

Friday, December 2nd, 2016

Ireland 2018 is likely to be the latest addition to the international visits on Pope Francis’s agenda, says the Irish Head of Government (Taoiseach) Enda Kenny. Kenny says Francis has timed his visit to coincide with the 22-26 August World Meeting of Families in Dublin. The World Meeting of Families will focus on Pope Francis’s Read more

Church of Scientology recruiting in Ireland Comments 0

Friday, September 2nd, 2016

The Church of Scientology may be widening its recruitment in Ireland to people in the Gaeltacht (Irish-speaking areas) and other Irish-speakers throughout the country with attempts made by a sub-company of the church to translate their educational and information supplements into Irish. According to, the subcompany – Golden Era Productions – recently wrote to Read more

‘Strange Occurrences’ – film about Knock Shrine released this week Comments 1

Friday, August 26th, 2016

“Strange Occurrences in a small Irish village” opens in Irish cinemas on Friday. The film’s title is derived from the international press coverage at the time [Our Lady appeared there]. The film develops a fascinating, vibrant portrait of the phenomenon by examining the vast patchwork of individuals and groups involved. It presents a balanced opportunity Read more

Ireland must not forget outrages against Protestants, President says Comments 0

Tuesday, August 23rd, 2016

Irelands struggle for independence and the outrages committed against Protestants  should be remembered, the Republic of Ireland’s President says. Michael D Higgins’s remarks appeared in a transcript of a speech prepared for an annual event on Sunday honouring rebel figure Michael Collins (pictured above). It was circulated to the press before his appearance at the Read more

Ireland’s Bishop Daly of Bloody Sunday fame dies Comments 0

Friday, August 12th, 2016

Edward Daly, the Emeritus Catholic Bishop of Derry who tended victims of Northern Ireland’s Bloody Sunday killings and became a defining image of the massacre, died on Monday aged 82. The Catholic Diocese of Derry says Daly died peacefully on Monday after a long illness. Daly was a priest in Londonderry when British paratroopers opened Read more

Female bishop holds religious service in Dublin Comments 0

Tuesday, August 9th, 2016

Female bishop, Dr Bridget Mary Meehan,  who leads a breakaway Catholic group that welcomes female and lesbian priests, presided over a religious service in Dublin on Sunday. Meehan who is originally from Rathdowney in County Laois and is now based in Florida, has the position of bishop within the Association of Roman Catholic Women Priests. She Read more

Late Marist priest broken by Vatican, former president says Comments 0

Friday, July 22nd, 2016

A Marist priest and theologian who died last week in Dublin had his heart and spirit broken by the Vatican, a former president of Ireland has said. Mary McAleese was speaking of the late Fr Seán Fagan, who died at St Vincent’s Hospital in Dublin last Friday. For many years he was critical of Vatican Read more

Irish hierarchy saw opposition to clericalism as secularism Comments 0

Tuesday, July 19th, 2016

A former president of Ireland has said that an entrenched clericalism in that country used to view any opposition to itself as militant secularism. Speaking in an interview on the Crux website, Mary McAleese said Ireland had, at least in part, been dissuaded from anti-immigrant movements because of its rich Christian culture. She was asked Read more

New Irish guidelines cover abuse-accused priests’ funerals Comments 1

Tuesday, July 5th, 2016

When a priest accused of sexual abuse dies, care should be taken as to how his funeral is conducted, new Irish child protection guidelines say. The National Board for Safeguarding Children published updated guidelines on Wednesday. They give recommendations if an accused priest dies before an investigation has concluded. In such a case, “careful thought Read more