Ireland’s new “servant leader,” Archbishop Eamon Martin

Details:  The new leader of the Catholic Church in Ireland has pledged to lead it through a process of “humble renewal” without trying “to make sure that it dominates politics and the State”. Archbishop Eamon Martin succeeded Cardinal Sean Brady as Primate of All Ireland yesterday, taking over a leadership role which covers the 26 [Read More...]

Meet a pioneer, one of Ireland’s first permanent deacons

From The Irish Times:  He would have you believe he is just an ordinary Joe, “not a holy Joe”. But he, by the grace of God, the assent of Monica and to the occasional bemusement of his children, is Rev Adams. Rev Deacon Jim Adams, permanent deacon of the Roman Catholic Church in Dublin. One of [Read More...]

One of Ireland’s largest Catholic hospitals confirms it will perform abortions

Details:  The Mater Hospital in Dublin’s north inner city is one of 25 named in controversial legislation where a pregnancy can be terminated if the woman’s life is in danger. In a statement today, hospital chiefs said they had carefully considered the Protection of Life During Pregnancy Act and would abide by the law. “The hospital’s priority is to [Read More...]

“There is a growing tendency to ‘tabloidism’ in the Catholic press…and the worrying phenomenon of blogs”

Some of the remarks from Most Rev. Diarmuid Martin, Archbishop of Dublin, on the New Evangelization: We do not need a conformist Church.  We need a Church of mature and authentic common commitment and concern for the spreading of the Gospel.  That Gospel is perennially new and must always be presented in ways that are new, but [Read More...]

Seamus Heaney’s Catholic funeral

From the Irish Times:  Poet Seamus Heaney was remembered at his funeral Mass in Dublin today as a man who treated all people equally with a “common and shared humanity”. Widely regarded as the greatest Irish poet since WB Yeats, the Nobel laureate died in hospital in Dublin on Friday following a short illness. He was 74. [Read More...]

“Post-Catholic” Ireland Sees Rise in Non-Religious Funerals

Details:  Patricia Wojnar left a 32-year career in interior design to pursue a degree that wasn’t in demand: a master’s in bereavement studies. Having seen four family members die early, she wanted to understand how to adapt. As it turned out, the degree perfectly prepared her to enter one of Ireland’s emerging professions. Wojnar is [Read More...]

Plans approved for first mixed Catholic and Protestant school campus in Northern Ireland

Not so long ago, this idea would have been unthinkable: Northern Ireland’s first shared education campus for Catholic and Protestant schoolchildren has been granted planning approval. Up to six schools with 3,700 pupils are expected to be based at a former Army barracks in Omagh, Co Tyrone, Stormont’s power-sharing government revealed today. The relic of [Read More...]

Catholic Ireland welcomes growing number of Muslims

From The Atlantic:  A new 60,000-square-foot development is likely to generate friction in any urban setting, much less a mosque in the capital of a historically Catholic country. And yet a proposal to construct a multi-use Islamic center — including a three-story domed mosque, school, and fitness facility — in the north Dublin neighborhood of [Read More...]

Ireland moves to legalize abortion

From Catholic News Agency: The Irish government has announced that it will introduce legislation on abortion that will legalize the procedure in cases where the mother’s life is at risk, drawing criticism pro-life advocates. Independent Irish Senator Ronan Mullen said in the Irish Senate that the move showed “no concern for unborn children” and was [Read More...]

Irish deacon ordination: first of its kind in 1,500 years

Details: A post-primary teacher, a bakery manager and a tool designer were among six men ordained as permanent deacons in Sligo on Saturday, a Catholic ministry which permits them to preside at funerals, celebrate Baptism and officiate at marriages. The new deacons, all married and in permanent employment, were ordained at Sligo cathedral by the [Read More...]