Parishes across Ireland have been asked to hold a fifth national collection this weekend in a bid to cover the €4 million deficit outstanding on August’s papal visit and the World Meeting of Families (WMF). The overall cost, to Church and state, of the 32-hour visit of Pope Francis is estimated at €32 million, including substantial security costs.
Archbishop Diarmuid Martin of Dublin has spoken about the “surprising lack of real awareness in Rome” of the extent and nature of clerical sexual abuse in Ireland, in his address to the National Child Safeguarding Conference in Kilkenny
New poll figures released this week in Rome show a majority of practising Catholics in the world’s eight biggest Catholic countries want the Church to adopt a more positive approach towards LGBT people and to change its teaching in this area.
Archbishop Diarmuid Martin of Dublin has lamented the growing “language of polarisation” within the Church which he warned can be “hate-filled”, “destructive” as well as “bitter, personalised and judgemental”.
The Iona Institute has warned that incoming legislation on assisted human reproduction is likely to allow the words “mother” and “father” to be replaced on birth certificates by “parent one” and “parent two”.