Barcelona’s sign of the invisible God is building

It’s unlikely that there’s a more conspicuous or remarkable example of Catholic art in the modern world than Antoni Gaudi’s Sagrada Familia basilica in Barcelona, described by Pope Benedict in 2010 as standing “as a visible sign of the invisible God, to whose glory these spires rise like arrows pointing towards absolute light and to…

Mapping out a lost ministry

Is a Vatican commission set to oblige Pope Francis to restore the female diaconate, asks Greg Daly   It seemed somehow appropriate that hardly had Minister Josepha Madigan sought to frame her impromptu leading of an ad hoc Communion service as a story about women being denied a role in the Church’s ministry that the…

Dublin Archbishop accuses minister of using liturgy 
to push agenda

Josepha Madigan urged to listen to ‘distressed’ parishioners   Dublin’s Archbishop Diarmuid Martin has accused Minister Josepha Madigan of having exploited a mix-up at a parish to advocate that the Church should change core teachings. The Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, who led Fine Gael’s campaign to repeal the constitutional protections for unborn children, has…