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From TheJournal.ie Priest who won property dispute with former partner 'taking time away from Church' Take A Break

Priest who won property dispute with former partner 'taking time away from Church'

Bishop John Fleming said the news came as a “shock” to him.

From TheJournal.ie Want a church wedding? There might not be enough priests to do them in the future Think Outside The Box

Want a church wedding? There might not be enough priests to do them in the future

The Association of Catholic Priests says married men should be allowed to become priests.

From TheJournal.ie We're running out of priests... De-priest-iating

We're running out of priests...

The number of priests entering the seminary in Ireland this year is less than a quarter of those in England and Wales.

From TheJournal.ie 14 men began their training for the priesthood this weekend Men Of The Cloth

14 men began their training for the priesthood this weekend

The number is down on last year, but roughly equivalent to previous years.

From TheJournal.ie The 9 at 9: Monday The 9 At 9

The 9 at 9: Monday

It’s fairly dull and gloomy out but here’s everything you need to know as you start your day.

From TheJournal.ie Pope promises "solutions" to celibacy in the priesthood One Love

Pope promises "solutions" to celibacy in the priesthood

Francis also condemned child sex abuse as a “leprosy” in the Church.

From TheJournal.ie The numbers of priests and nuns in Ireland are dropping Catholic Church

The numbers of priests and nuns in Ireland are dropping

In Dublin diocese there are now just two priests under the age of 40.

From TheJournal.ie Anti-cruelty group calls for 'appalling' fox hunt blessings to end Blood Sports

Anti-cruelty group calls for 'appalling' fox hunt blessings to end

The Irish Council Against Blood Sports has said it is unacceptable that some priests “endorse cruelty” by blessing hunts.

From TheJournal.ie Eight in ten priests want to scrap the changes made to Eucharistic prayers Down With This Sort Of Thing

Eight in ten priests want to scrap the changes made to Eucharistic prayers

The Association of Catholic Priests said that Pope Francis may be open to updating the New Missal, but noted that a u-turn would be “embarrassing” for his predecessor Pope Benedict.

From TheJournal.ie Priests warn that Church will 'implode' if it doesn't start ordaining women Livin' On A Prayer

Priests warn that Church will 'implode' if it doesn't start ordaining women

Catholic bishops will discuss the issue at their annual conference this week.

From TheJournal.ie Case files not kept by religious order on priest that abused in mission countries Sex Abuse

Case files not kept by religious order on priest that abused in mission countries

Specialist assessments of this priest in 1985, 1997 and 2004 were not kept on file by the Society of the Divine Word.

From TheJournal.ie Dublin Archdiocese commended for 'exemplar' child abuse allegation reporting system Child Safety

Dublin Archdiocese commended for 'exemplar' child abuse allegation reporting system

The latest review commends the roles of Priest Support Co-ordinator and Priest Delegate – both roles being unique to the Dublin Diocese.

From TheJournal.ie Pope tells priests to be nicer to their congregations Tend To The Flock

Pope tells priests to be nicer to their congregations

Pope Francis also said that the church shouldn’t be obsessed with abortion, contraception and gay marriage.

From TheJournal.ie School students could start late or finish early instead of going to religion classes Primary School

School students could start late or finish early instead of going to religion classes

Minister for Education Ruairí Quinn also said he was disappointed in the lack of “genuinely inclusive schools”.

From TheJournal.ie Irish Times to explain why controversial cartoon was removed from website Martyn Turner

Irish Times to explain why controversial cartoon was removed from website

Archbishop Diarmuid Martin had said last week that priests were “hurt” by the cartoon’s publication.

From TheJournal.ie Diarmuid Martin says priests feel hurt over yesterday's Irish Times cartoon Upset

Diarmuid Martin says priests feel hurt over yesterday's Irish Times cartoon

The Archbishop said he is a strong believer in freedom of speech and of the vital role of satire in social criticism.

From TheJournal.ie Pope Francis personally asks for forgiveness for child sex abuse by priests Apology

Pope Francis personally asks for forgiveness for child sex abuse by priests

He said he would not take one step back in regards to how abusers are dealt with and the sanctions that must be imposed.

From TheJournal.ie Priest says Iona Institute didn't handle homophobia debate well Turbulent Priests

Priest says Iona Institute didn't handle homophobia debate well

Fr Brendan Hoban said Iona’s ‘rush to the legal eagles’ was unwise.

From TheJournal.ie Former Pope Benedict defrocked nearly 400 priests in two years for child abuse Catholic Church

Former Pope Benedict defrocked nearly 400 priests in two years for child abuse

Statistics for 2011-12 show a dramatic increase over the 171 priests removed in 2008 and 2009.

From TheJournal.ie McAleese: Catholic Church 'in denial over homosexuality for decades' Church

McAleese: Catholic Church 'in denial over homosexuality for decades'

Her comments were welcomed by liberal Redemptorist priest Fr Tony Flannery.

From TheJournal.ie 'Scant evidence' that Mayo/Sligo diocese told gardaí about child abuse Safeguarding

'Scant evidence' that Mayo/Sligo diocese told gardaí about child abuse

A report into the diocese of Achonry has found of the 11 priests against whom sexual abuse allegations were made, none were ever convicted of an offence.

From TheJournal.ie Pope's deputy says celibacy is 'not a dogma of the Church' Catholic Church

Pope's deputy says celibacy is 'not a dogma of the Church'

The recently appointed Vatican Secretary of State said that the issue is a great challenge for the Pope.

From TheJournal.ie TDs who feel discouraged from seeking Communion 'should speak to their priest' Abortion

TDs who feel discouraged from seeking Communion 'should speak to their priest'

A spokesperson for the Catholic Church was responding to a report at the weekend that TDs were being warned off seeking Communion by their priests.

From TheJournal.ie Top readers' comments of the week You Told Us

Top readers' comments of the week

Here’s our round-up of the most interesting and most popular comments from this week. Did you make it in?

From TheJournal.ie 20 new trainee priests start studies at Maynooth Priesthood

20 new trainee priests start studies at Maynooth

There are now 90 seminarians in total studying at the college.

From TheJournal.ie Column: Pope Francis' new and modern rhetoric is refreshing Opinion

Column: Pope Francis' new and modern rhetoric is refreshing

We’ve watched people disappear from our churches in recent year but Pope Francis has brought some back, writes Father Seamus Ahearne, who says from his first appearance, this pontiff showed he was different.

Here's what happens when Father Ted and Game of Thrones collide

When two of television’s greatest shows come together.

From TheJournal.ie The 9 at 9: Friday 9 At 9

The 9 at 9: Friday

We’ve almost arrived at the weekend. But before we get there, here are nine things you should know.

From TheJournal.ie Priests say they are an easy target for false abuse allegations Priests

Priests say they are an easy target for false abuse allegations

The Association of Catholic Priests has spoken out in the wake of false allegations of abuse made against a Kerry priest.

From TheJournal.ie Are Ireland's priests heading for extinction? Priests

Are Ireland's priests heading for extinction?

Numbers studying to be ordained are dwindling and one priest has suggested it is time to allow married men to fill the gaps.

From TheJournal.ie Column: Is Ireland a nation of á la carte Catholics? Opinion

Column: Is Ireland a nation of á la carte Catholics?

Ireland was traditionally a nation ruled by the Catholic Church. Now that people are drifting away, it’s important to examine why, writes Brian Conway.

From TheJournal.ie Catholic child abuse: 164 allegations against 85 priests have led to zero convictions Catholic Church

Catholic child abuse: 164 allegations against 85 priests have led to zero convictions

“I am one of the fortunate survivors to have succeeded in securing a criminal conviction against one of two Spiritan priests who sexually abused me,” writes campaigner Mark Vincent Healy.

From TheJournal.ie Catholic priests should be able to marry: British cardinal Catholic Church

Catholic priests should be able to marry: British cardinal

Roman Catholic priests should be able to marry and have children, Britain’s most senior cardinal has said.

From TheJournal.ie Column: So the Pope has joined Twitter. What will he learn there? Opinion

Column: So the Pope has joined Twitter. What will he learn there?

Social media is all about debate and dissent, writes Fr Tony Flannery – so perhaps it can teach the Vatican a lesson.

From TheJournal.ie Bishop of Clonfert John Kirby apologises for child sex abuse remarks Catholic Church

Bishop of Clonfert John Kirby apologises for child sex abuse remarks

The Bishop released a special message to the people of his diocese today.

From TheJournal.ie Catholic newspaper predicts Ireland will have just 450 priests in 2042 Priests

Catholic newspaper predicts Ireland will have just 450 priests in 2042

The church is preparing for a time of priestless parishes.

From TheJournal.ie The Irish Province of Spiritans: "Failure to create safe environments for children" Safeguarding This post contains images

The Irish Province of Spiritans: "Failure to create safe environments for children"

Summary of the main findings of the National Board for Safeguarding Children in the Catholic Church in Ireland into the religious order of the Irish Province of Spiritans.

From TheJournal.ie Group of young priests band together to buy a church in Limerick Church

Group of young priests band together to buy a church in Limerick

The Church of the Sacred Heart Crescent in Limerick had lain empty for six years after a developer bought and – subsequently -abandoned it.