• For one Irish couple, backing gay marriage is a matter of family values

    • May 23, 2015

    Thirteen years ago, Padraic Whyte did one of the hardest things he has ever had to do: He told his Roman Catholic parents living in rural Ireland that he was gay. He had waited until he was completely comfortable with himself and his decision. “I knew deep down that they

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  • Catholic Ireland could legalize gay marriage Friday

    • May 20, 2015

    DUBLIN — If there was any doubt about the pace at which acceptance of gay rights is taking root in societies around the world, consider Ireland. On Friday, voters in this once deeply Roman Catholic country will decide whether the Irish Constitution should be amended to add a tersely worded

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  • American bishop is a surprise hit as the pope’s man in Ireland

    • Apr 27, 2015

    DUBLIN, Ireland — In November 2011, Ireland announced it was shutting down its embassy to the Vatican. It was the absolute low point in a crossfire between Dublin and Rome over clerical sexual abuse, one that saw Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny directly accuse the Vatican of covering up the

  • Oscar-nominated ‘Song of the Sea’ honors Ireland’s mythic and Catholic heritage

    • Mar 20, 2015

    “Song of the Sea” is newly available this week on Blu-ray and DVD as well as various streaming services. Six years ago, the ornately animated Irish indie “The Secret of Kells” conjured a dream of a fierce, half-baptized early medieval Ireland, half Christian and half Faerie. Dark gods and woodland

  • Building the Killeshandra Nuns a retirement home

    • Mar 11, 2015

    When Sister Conchita McDonnell was a young missionary, preparing to head off to Africa for the first time, another one of the Sisters of the Holy Rosary gave her some advice: work with the goal of putting yourself out of business. The idea was to build a school, or a

  • Ireland returns to the Vatican

    • Nov 17, 2014

    Three years ago, amid arguably the worst child sexual abuse scandal to rock the Catholic Church anywhere in the world, Prime Minister Enda Kenny of Ireland scored significant political points by delivering a speech strongly critical of the Vatican on the floor of his country’s parliament. Kenny denounced what he