"The conservatives have declared war and they are convinced they can reform the Church with a frontal attack," a senior Vatican prelate said, speaking on the condition of anonymity because "the line is silence" now.
In a detailed 11-page bombshell statement given to conservative Roman Catholic media outlets during the Pope's visit to Ireland, Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano accused a long list of current and past Vatican and US Church officials of covering up the case of Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, who resigned last month in disgrace.
Ireland is not as Catholic as it used to be. One area where the Church still has a great deal of influence, though, is in the public schools. But some Irish parents want to re-examine the role of religion in educations.
Right up until the day of the referendum, pretty much everyone thought Ireland’s vote on abortion this past Friday was going to be close. It wasn’t. Two-thirds of voters said "yes" to repealing the country’s constitutional ban on abortion.
The fiercely contested vote divided political parties, saw the once-mighty church take a back seat, with the campaign defined by women on both sides publicly describing their personal experiences of terminations.
Ireland votes on abortion this week. Ciara O’Connor Walsh, who's a supporter of abortion rights, knows where she stands on the issue. But she wondered, what do folks on the other side have to say? She's produced a podcast series called, The Eighth.
For today's Geo Quiz we wanted to know which sea is connected to Northern Ireland's Strangford Lough. The answer is the Irish Sea. Anchor Lisa Mullins speaks with Martin Wright, managing director of Marine Current Turbines that's trying to generate electricity from the tidal currents that flow through the narrows between the Strangford Lough and the sea.
A record company executive tells host Lisa Mullins that he'd love to discover the next Spice Girls. So Lisa Mullins asks him, "why did you sign a recording contract with three small-town priests from Northern Ireland?"
With 2009 likely to be a crucial year for international climate change negotiations, there's increased attention on the role agriculture may play in driving up global temperatures. Cows and sheep produce a LOT of methane, and scientists are looking at new ways to cut such "emissions". The BBC's Matt McGrath reports from Dublin.