Paul Tighe

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Paul Tighe in 2015
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Paul Tighe (born 12 February 1958) has been the Adjunct Secretary of the Pontifical Council for Culture since his appointment on 19 December 2015. He is the highest-ranking Irishman in the Roman Curia[1] and was consecrated a bishop on 27 February 2016. He previously served as secretary of the Pontifical Council for Social Communications from 30 November 2007.[2] He previously served as director of the Office for Public Affairs in the Dublin diocese.


Tighe was born in Navan, County Meath. He graduated from University College Dublin in 1979 with a BCL degree in Law. After studying for the priesthood in Holy Cross College in Clonliffe and at the Pontifical Irish College in Rome, he was ordained a priest of the Dublin Diocese in St. Laurence O'Toole Church in Kilmacud in 1983. His first appointment was as parish chaplain and teacher in Ballyfermot. Later, he studied Moral Theology at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome. Since 1990 he has been a lecturer in Moral Theology in the Mater Dei Institute of Education in Dublin. He was appointed head of the Theology department there in 2000.

In 2004, he was named the director of the Communications Office of the diocese of Dublin. He established its Office for Public Affairs, which aids communication between the diocese, government, public bodies and nongovernmental organizations in Ireland and Europe.[3]

On 30 November 2007 Pope Benedict XVI appointed him secretary of the Pontifical Council for Social Communications, deputy to its President, Archbishop Claudio Maria Celli. Diarmuid Martin, Archbishop of Dublin, said: "Mgr Tighe is a priest of great competence and I am glad that he will have the possibility now to place his talents at the service of the Universal Church. I thank him for the service he has given to the Archdiocese of Dublin and wish him every success."[citation needed] Tighe said: "This appointment has come as a surprise to me. Communication of the Gospel must be at heart of the ministry of a priest and I am pleased to be asked to work in the Council that has a mandate to harness the potential of the media –new and old – as a means of evangelisation. I look forward to serving Pope Benedict XVI in his mission."[citation needed]

In an essay title "The challenge for the Church in a digital culture", Tighe wrote: "The generalized and uncritical social reception of the tenets of relativism finds particular expression in the digital world where the sheer volume of information and opinion, much of it contradictory, can lead to an almost resigned acceptance that it is meaningless to speak of truth and objectivity. In the face of so much assertion, argument and counter argument, it is difficult to decide where real authority and expertise resides".[4]

On 9 July 2014 he was appointed secretary to the Committee for Vatican media, a special commission headed by Lord Patten of Barnes to recommend how to restructure the Vatican's communications efforts.[5] At the conclusion of the committee's work, Tighe presented its conclusions to Pope Francis and the Council of Cardinal Advisers.[1]

On 19 December 2015 Pope Francis appointed Tighe Adjunct Secretary of the Pontifical Council for Culture and Titular Bishop of Drivastum.[1] He was consecrated as a bishop on 27 February 2016 by Cardinal Pietro Parolin, Secretary of State of the Holy See.[6]


  1. ^ a b c O'Connell, Gerard (19 December 2015). "Pope Appoints Msgr. Paul Tighe as Bishop and Adjunct-Secretary to the Pontifical Council for Culture". America. Retrieved 20 December 2015. 
  2. ^ "Irish priest appointed to senior Vatican post" (Press release). Irish Catholic Bishops Conference. 30 November 2007. Retrieved 20 December 2015. 
  3. ^ "Pope Appoints Mgr Paul Tighe Secretary of the Pontifical Council for Communications". Signis. 30 November 2007. Retrieved 20 December 2015. 
  4. ^ Tighe, Paul (3 May 2012). "The challenge for the Church in a digital culture". ABC Religion and Ethics. Retrieved 20 December 2015. 
  5. ^ Carroll, Steve (9 July 2014). "Pope appoints Irish priest to Vatican media reform team". Irish Times. Retrieved 20 December 2015. 
  6. ^ McGarry, Patsy (27 February 2016). "Irishman Paul Tighe ordained bishop in Rome". The Irish Times. Retrieved 3 May 2016. 
Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
Renato Boccardo
Secretary of the Pontifical Council for Social Communications
30 November 2007–19 December 2015
Succeeded by
none, dicastary dissolved