Health Minister accused of ‘serious ignorance’ after Church criticism

A theology scholar has said Minister Simon Harris expressed “serious ignorance” about Church teaching after criticising a bishop’s decision to stop an atheist politician from being a Confirmation sponsor. After reports that Minister of State John Halligan was barred from being a sponsor because of his atheism and public promotion of repealing the Eighth Amendment,…

The enduring legacy of Bishop Christy Jones

Late prelate’s care for poor and marginalised will be greatly missed, writes Chai Brady   The Primate of All-Ireland has honoured the late bishop of Elphin saying he lived a life of “commitment, fidelity, service and love for the people”. Archbishop Eamon Martin said he was saddened to hear about the death of Bishop Christopher…

Parish picnic aims to break blanket record

WMOF   A Diocese of Meath parish is creating hype for ‘The Big Parish Picnic’ to attract families from across the diocese, in preparation for the World Meeting of Families (WMOF). Kinnegad Parish in Westmeath hope to bring families together to eat, play and learn about how best to look after the local environment. A…

Hundreds attend Dublin parish’s WMOF events
The Icon of the Holy Family was welcomed to St Patrick’s parish in Ringsend last week, with one Mass celebrated by Bishop Raymond Field attracting 400 people. Deacon Tom Groves led the welcome ceremony on Monday, which was attended by St Patrick’s Boys and Girls National School. He led a catechises explaining the meaning of…
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An Irish psychiatrist has said the Government inserted the mental health clause into proposed abortion legislation to “dupe the public” into thinking abortion will help mental health issues. Dr Patricia Casey and 25 other psychiatrists released an open letter today saying it is “dishonest” to dub the proposed legislation ‘healthcare’. They write: “Given the experience…

Global SVP doubles down on support for life

After criticism of Ireland’s Society of St Vincent de Paul (SVP) for their neutral stance in the upcoming referendum, the international confederation has said it is “committed to defending life and the family”. In a blogpost on ssvpglobal.org posted yesterday the General President of SVP, Renato Lima de Oliveira, has described the charity as a…

Celtic player praises his Catholic education

A Celtic FC footballer has praised his education in a Catholic school and said Communion was a proud moment for him and his family. Left-back Kiernan Tierney, who also plays for Scotland’s national team, spoke in a video created to celebrate 100 years of Catholic state education in Scotland. “It’s a great occasion for you…