Paul Tighe

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Paul Tighe
Reference style The Reverend
Spoken style Monsignor
Informal style Father

Paul Tighe (born 12 February 1958) is the current secretary of the Pontifical Council for Social Communications since his appointment by Pope Benedict XVI on 30 November 2007.[1] He had previously served as director of the Office for Public Affairs in the Dublin diocese.

Tighe was born in Navan, County Meath. He graduated from UCD in 1979 with a BCL degree in Law. Having studied 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 went on to study 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 in 2000.

In 2004, he was named the director of the Communications Office of the diocese of Dublin. He also instituted the Office for Public Affairs, which aids communication between the diocese, government, public bodies and nongovernmental organizations in Ireland and Europe.[2]

He was appointed as secretary of the Pontifical Council for Social Communications on 30 November 2007. As secretary, Mgr Tighe will assume the role of deputy to the President, Archbishop Claudio Maria Celli. Welcoming news of the appointment, the archbishop of Dublin, Diarmuid Martin, 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.

Monsignor Paul 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.

Writing on The challenge for the Church in a digital culture, Msgr 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".[3]

On 9 July 2014 he was appointed to serve as secretary on the Committee for Vatican media.[4]


Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
Renato Boccardo
Secretary of the Pontifical Council for Social Communications
30 November 2007–present
Succeeded by