Woman dies in Ireland after being denied an abortion—UPDATED

Details: The debate over legalizing abortion in Ireland flared Wednesday after the government confirmed a miscarrying woman suffering from blood poisoning was refused a quick termination of her pregnancy and died in an Irish hospital. Prime Minister Enda Kenny said he was awaiting findings from three investigations into the death of Savita Halappanavar, an Indian [Read More...]

Ireland opens first abortion clinic

Details: The first abortion clinic on the island of Ireland opened Thursday in downtown Belfast, unleashing angry protests on the street and uniting Catholic and Protestant politicians in calls to investigate the new facility. The clinic, run by the British family planning charity Marie Stopes, will be permitted to provide abortions only in exceptional circumstances [Read More...]

Losing faith: Ireland abandoning religion faster than almost any other country

Troubling news:  The Republic of Ireland is abandoning religion faster than almost every other country worldwide, a massive global survey on faith reveals. Only Vietnam has seen a bigger drop in people declaring themselves to be religious over the past seven years, a period when the Catholic Church in Ireland has been rocked by sex-abuse [Read More...]

Historic: Queen Elizabeth visits a Catholic Church in Ireland

From Sky News: For the first time, the Queen has stepped inside a Roman Catholic church on the island of Ireland in what is being seen as a hugely symbolic moment. It came as she visited the town of Enniskillen – the scene of one of the worst atrocities of The Troubles – during a [Read More...]

Pope on Irish abuse crisis: “It remains a mystery”

“You are the heirs to a Church that has been a mighty force for good in the world, and which has given a profound and enduring love of Christ and his blessed Mother to many, many others. Your forebears in the Church in Ireland knew how to strive for holiness and constancy in their personal [Read More...]

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...]

Census shows Ireland is still overwhelmingly Catholic

Despite being rocked by the sex abuse scandal, a huge percentage in the country still self-identify as Catholic.  Details, from the Irish Times: Ireland remains the overwhelmingly Catholic country of the English-speaking world, according to results of the April 2011 census, published yesterday. Over 84 per cent of people in the Republic, or 3.86 million, described [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...]


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