Being gay is not a sin, but sex outside marriage is, says Pope Francis – The Irish Times

Pope Francis has clarified remarks he made on homosexuality and sin in an interview last week where he called for its decriminalization worldwide. On Tuesday he begins a six-day visit to the Democratic Republic of Congo and South Sudan. There is no legal recognition of same-sex couples or same-sex marriage in the Democratic Republic of … Read more

Pope Francis says homosexuality “is not a crime,” but gay sex is “a sin”

Rome — Pope Francis has called laws criminalizing homosexuality as fundamentally “unfair,” making it clear that in the mind of the leader of the Catholic Church, “being homosexual is not a crime.” The pontiff addressed discrimination against the LGBTQ community, his own health and future plans, and the passing of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, among … Read more

Family of man who lay dead in Cork house for 20 years requests privacy – The Irish Times

A community in south Kerry is rallying around the family of a man whose body lay undiscovered in a house in north Cork for over 20 years, a local priest has said. Fr Gerard Finucane of Dromod Parish in south Kerry told The Irish Times that the family of the late Tim O’Sullivan were grieving … Read more

Sociologist Fr Micheál Mac Gréil dies in Co Mayo – The Irish Times

Fr Micheál Mac Gréil, sociologist and campaigner, has died in Westport, Co Mayo after a short illness. St Mary’s Church in Westport paid tribute to the priest on Saturday, describing him as “unique”. “He was a unique individual, a great and devoted priest, an activist and voice for the marginalized and underprivileged as well as … Read more

Multidenominational primary schools more likely to be oversubscribed than Catholic – The Irish Times

Multidenominational primary schools are much more likely to be oversubscribed than Catholic schools, according to unpublished data collected by the Department of Education. The issue has come into sharp focus following a row over the removal of the so-called Baptism barrier, which prevents oversubscribed Catholic schools from prioritizing admission on the basis of religion. This … Read more

Concern over Catholic schools’ ability to maintain ethos after ‘baptism barrier’ removal – The Irish Times

Catholic bishops have expressed concern over the ability of Catholic primary schools to remain true to their ethos following the removal of the so-called “baptism barrier”. The concerns are contained in records of meetings between Department of Education officials and representatives of Catholic bishops – the Irish Episcopal Commission – regarding attempts to transfer more … Read more

Why are revelations of past abuse in boarding schools only emerging now? – The Irish Times

Decades after much of the abuse took place, and with many of those accused dead, Ireland is finally moving towards a more comprehensive reckoning with the allegations of wrecking prestigious boarding schools. But with further revelations emerging by the day, questions remain about why exactly it has taken so long to reach this point. More … Read more