'Ireland' returned 18 result(s)

Not such a special case

12 September 2018 | by Mary Dejevsky
As the Brexit negotiations resume in earnest, the frontier between Northern Ireland and the Republic seems to present a uniquely intractable problem. But in the eyes of one of Europe’s most experienced foreign correspondents, many of the issues look remarkably familiar

While the faith of Catholics in Ireland is strong, the scandal of abuse and cover-up by church leaders has caused a decline in vocations to the priesthood and religious life, Pope Francis said.

In a much-anticipated address, American Jesuit Fr James Martin told a packed 1,000-seater auditorium filled to overflowing at the World Meeting of Families Pastoral Congress in Dublin, that gays have often been treated like “lepers” by the church.

A new version of 'Youcat', the hugely popular youth catechism, which has been adapted for young children was launched at the World Meeting of Families’ pastoral congress in Dublin on Wednesday by Cardinal Christoph Schönborn of Vienna.

The scandals of child abuse have undermined the Church’s ability to communicate its message on marriage and the family, the Primate of All Ireland acknowledged at the World Meeting of Families in Dublin on Wednesday.

The scandal of clergy abusing minors and vulnerable adults has overwhelmed the Catholic Church and its mission to preach the Gospel, said the Vatican secretary of state.

Pope Francis released a special video message ahead of his visit to Ireland this weekend in which he expressed the hope that his journey would further reconciliation and unity on the island.


For a growing number of Irish Catholics, the fundamental problem in the Church is its ingrained misogyny. A leading feminist theologian argues that the World Meeting of Families is missing an opportunity to reflect the realities of spiritual life in today’s Ireland

As Dublin prepares to welcome the visit of Pope Francis to the World Meeting of Families, a sociologist of religion and sympathetic observer of Irish Catholicism looks at the prospects for a reversal of the dramatic decline in the Church’s fortunes

Mass attendance is falling, schools are dropping religious education, vocations are drying up and lay people are not being prepared to take more responsibility for the maintenance of parishes. The Irish Church faces a bleak future. And there is no plan in place to address its problems


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