Passing on the Faith with safe hands

Kilmore Diocese appears to be a model for child protection, 
writes 
Greg 
Daly   Anyone in doubt about the role of canon law and proper application of Church processes in tackling child sexual abuse would do well to look at the newly-released ‘Second Review of Child Safeguarding Practice in the Diocese of Kilmore’. Following on…

Blood of Irish martyr is seed of new Church order

The site of the martyrdom of St Oliver Plunkett has become the inspiration for the Church’s newest male religious order. Columbian priests Fr Manuel Agudelo Marin, 52, and Fr Hector Nagles Santa, 53, became postulants of the Adorers of the Sacred Heart of Jesus of Montmartre OSB, during a private ceremony in Grancey-le-Château, near Dijon,…

100 Questions on the Viganò Allegations

It’s important to examine the allegations in Archbishop Viganò’s testimony, writes Greg Daly   1. What’s this Viganò story? While Pope Francis was in Ireland, Carlo Maria Viganò, a former papal nuncio to the US, had several media outlets publish a ‘testimony’ attacking the Pope and a host of prelates, and calling for the Pope’s…

We must go to the people – Bishop Deenihan

Priests in commuter towns need to engage actively with their communities to boost the Church’s visibility, Ireland’s newest bishop has said. “It’s about interacting with the community – it’s about getting involved, and becoming part of the community,” Meath’s Bishop Tom Deenihan told The Irish Catholic. “If the community isn’t coming into the Church, it’s…

Moving forward in Francis’ footsteps

Meath’s new bishop is 
looking forward to leading a Church that 
goes to where people are, 
writes Greg Daly   Meeting Pope Francis with Ireland’s bishops, just a week ahead of his own ordination as Bishop of Meath, was a touching experience, according to Bishop Tom Deenihan. “I think we were all touched by the…

The Viganò file …interrogating the evidence

An attempt to force Pope Francis to resign is unravelling, but serious questions remain to be answered, writes Greg Daly   Just hours ahead of the papal Mass in Dublin’s Phoenix Park a story broke that seemed to threaten Francis’ papacy. A former papal nuncio had written an 11-page memo in which he claimed that…

Next steps after the papal visit

Now that the dust is starting to settle after the World Meeting of Families and the papal visit, readers of The Irish Catholic may be wondering – especially readers who missed the WMOF pastoral congress or various papal events – how they can build on 2018’s unique highlights for the Irish Church. A useful starting…

Warm presidential welcome for Pontiff

The Pope in Ireland   Visiting Áras an Uachtaráín The personal affection of President Michael D. Higgins for Pope Francis was evident when the Holy Father arrived at Áras an Uachtaráin. Mr Higgins has often referenced the Pontiff in his speeches and clearly sees him as a towering figure on the international stage when it comes…