History: first permanent deacons ordained in Ireland

‘Tis a wonderful thing: The first permanent deacons in the Irish Catholic Church were ordained in Dublin last night [Monday] by Archbishop Diarmuid Martin. The eight men ordained at the Pro-Cathedral are: Eric Cooney from Monkstown, who works in financial services; Gabriel Corcoran from Dundrum, a lecturer in the Dublin Institute of Technology; Gerard Larkin [Read More...]

“There is only one diaconate”

This great reminder comes from the Archbishop of Dublin, as he prepares to ordain his first batch of permanent deacons.  He made his remarks to seminarians. Take a look: The Catholic Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin warned in Maynooth yesterday against “a narrow preoccupation” with day- to-day seminary life. That was often “an unhealthy sign”, [Read More...]

Better late than never: Ireland to get first permanent deacons

Details, from the Independent: The first married men to be permitted to baptise children and officiate at weddings will be ordained in the Irish Catholic Church next month. The church is looking to deacons to do some of the jobs of the clergy because vocations to the priesthood are at an all-time low. And eight [Read More...]

Going for brogue: renewed interest in Irish language at CUA

Just in time for St. Patrick’s Day comes this story about  growing interest in the ancient language of the Irish: Fifteen students gathered inside a basement classroom at Catholic University on a recent evening to ponder a laminated vocabulary list that looked like some language instructor’s cruel joke. The words were jumbles of seemingly random [Read More...]

Archbishop urges lapsed Catholics to just leave the Church

While dioceses in the United States are climbing aboard the “Catholics Come Home” bandwagon, at least one bishop in Ireland is saying “Go ahead.  Leave.  And don’t let the door hit you on the way out.” Details: The Archbishop of Dublin, Diarmuid Martin, has urged the country’s lapsed Catholics to have the maturity to leave [Read More...]

Irish bishop: children of divorce are "born losers"

He made that statement during an interview with a local newspaper yesterday: Many children from broken homes are born “losers” and so deprived of love that they grow up to be dysfunctional adults, according to a Catholic bishop. Bishop of Elphin Christopher Jones said that during his 17 years working in social services in Sligo [Read More...]

What's the biggest threat to marriage?

You’re looking at it. Internet use — and misuse — is straining marriages more than ever in at least one country, according to a new report: The Catholic Church’s  marriage counselling service says the misuse of the internet is the fastest-growing cause of marital difficulty in Ireland. ACCORD’s annual report for 2010 showed that while [Read More...]

BREAKING: Vatican ambassador to Ireland recalled to Rome

Details: The Vatican has recalled its ambassador to Ireland following accusations that the Vatican sabotaged efforts by Catholic bishops to report clerical sex abuse cases to police. Foreign Minister Eamon Gilmore summoned papal ambassador Archbishop Giuseppe Leanza two weeks ago and demanded an official response from the Vatican. The Vatican has said it will issue [Read More...]

Angry Ireland no longer "Catholic first"

The aftershocks of the Coyne report continue to reverberate. From the AP: From the pews and pulpits, Ireland’s Catholics are demanding that the Vatican finally come clean on its oversight role in child abuse cover-ups. It’s a revolution of sorts in Ireland, a nation founded on a pillar of devotion to Roman Catholicism, where many [Read More...]

"Incandescent with rage": priest close to pope calls for mass resignation of Irish bishops

This should have a lot of people sitting up and taking notice. From the Catholic Herald: A theologian who is a former student of Pope Benedict XVI has called for every Irish bishop appointed before 2003 to resign. Fr Vincent Twomey, emeritus professor of moral theology at Maynooth seminary, said the Irish Church had been [Read More...]


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