Minister will raise issues with pontiff
An Irish government minister has said she plans to tell Pope Francis that the Catholic Church should be ordaining women and priests should have the option to marry.
Culture minister Josepha Madigan, who led prayers in her local parish when there was no priest available, has said she hopes to raise both issues when the Pope visits the Republic in August.
Ms Madigan was among parishioners who performed most of the elements of a mass in the Church of St Therese in Mount Merrion last Saturday. She said it showed the need for lay people to be involved in the Church.
She also said: "I think the Church should be ordaining women. I think it should be optional that priests can marry. It's something if I get an opportunity to say to Pope Francis in August, I will say it to him."
She added: "At the end of the day we don't want the Church to sacrifice its core values... but it does need to adapt."