Irish Church urged to close parishes to grow the Faith

A leading cardinal has said the Church in Ireland must be prepared to consider closing hundreds of churches to concentrate resources on building strong faith communities. Speaking in Dungarvan on Monday, April 16, on ‘What the Irish Church could learn from the recent history of the Church in Holland’, Utrecht’s Cardinal Willem Eijk said that…

Remove clerics who misled Pope, urges campaigner

The Pope should do more than ask forgiveness from the survivors of a prominent Chilean priest if the Church is serious about a ‘zero tolerance’ approach to fighting abuse, Marie Collins has said. Last week Pope Francis apologised for underestimating the seriousness of the sexual abuse crisis in Chile following a recent investigation into allegations…

Time to talk – about foreign funding

Government involvement in the Amnesty repeal launch glosses over the organisation’s flouting of Irish law, writes Greg Daly   Amnesty International Ireland may have fallen foul of the State’s ethics watchdog, but that hasn’t stopped Health Minister Simon Harris from endorsing the organisation in its campaign to remove Ireland’s constitutional protections for the unborn. Such,…

Medicine for a miserable world

At this stage it probably goes without saying that Gaudate et Exsultate, the Pope’s new exhortation on holiness in ordinary life, was always going to be dismissed by some as like the proverbial curate’s egg: good in parts. Writing at catholicworldreport.com, for instance, in a piece headed ‘Pope Francis “takes aim” in Gaudete et Exsultate…

Minister Bruton’s religious fixation ‘ignoring’ real education challenges

Ongoing discussions around the so-called ‘baptism barrier’ and the role of religion in schools are distracting from the main challenges facing primary education in Ireland, the head of the Catholic Primary Schools Management Association has said. Maintaining that “the real issue in Irish education is around a lack of resources”, CPSMA head Seamus Mulconry told…