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Mary McAleese wins Europe’s richest theology prize for her study of canon law

Publisher of book form of thesis says Ms McAleese’s analysis charts a distinct and worrying sea change in the attitude of the Holy See to its obligations under the Convention on the Rights of the Child.

2019.08.27.

Death of Eugene Greene opens wounds and raises questions

“While at all times honouring the wish of those survivors who may not want to be contacted by the Church, I wish to offer my support and invitation to meet with anyone who has suffered abuse.”

2019.03.11.

Prayers and candles lit across the country yesterday for victims of sexual abuse

"I am hoping we in Ireland can share the terrible things that have happened here, so that other countries in the world that have not yet recognised or noticed among them that abuse is happening may be alerted."

2019.02.16.

Vatican child protection meeting given seven-point action plan by Irish clerical abuse survivor

The secrecy surrounding the Church's accountability process for those failing to report child abuse increases the pereception that there is no process in place, says Irish clerical abuse survivor Marie Collins.

2019.02.04.

A grave matter: Church funerals denied to priests accused of abuse, says ACP

Is it contrary to Canon Law to insist that funerals of priests accused of abuse must take place in private chapels?

2018.12.01.

Bishop calls for attitude change over Church’s abuse scandals

“The courage of abuse survivors who first brought the horrific truth of sexual abuse to light must continue to be matched by our courage to listen to the survivors and to respond in truth and in justice to all of them.”

2018.10.29.

Aussie bishops refuse to break the seal on Confessional confidentiality

"We are committed to the safeguarding of children and vulnerable people while maintaining the seal. We do not see safeguarding and the seal as mutually exclusive."

2018.09.01.

Find new pathways, Pope tells Irish bishops

"Genuine religious formation needs joyful teachers who can shape not only minds but also hearts in the love of Christ and in the practice of prayer." - Pope Francis

2018.08.27.

Pope asks for forgiveness for abuse and exploitation

"Lord, sustain and increase this state of shame and repentance and give us the strength to commit ourselves so that these things never happen again and justice may be done.”

2018.08.27.

Worldwide response to clerical child abuse needed, says Pope

“The heart-wrenching pain of these victims, which cries out to heaven, was long ignored, kept quiet or silenced. But their outcry was more powerful than all the measures meant to silence it.”

2018.08.21.

“Priests are terrified” of being falsely accused of abuse

Fr Tim Hazelwood joined the Association of Catholic Priests after he was falsely accused of child abuse and got no support from church officials.

2017.08.02.

We must re-read our history & heal our memories

Bishop Leahy pays tribute to DUP leader Arlene Foster as an example of how we can deal with the past.

2016.01.02.

‘Ireland is still marked by a very strong family culture’

Archbishop suggests it is too simplistic to infer that an authentic Christian culture of marriage has disappeared on the basis of the referendum.

2015.10.13.

Towards Peace launched in Kildare & Leighlin

Spiritual support service for survivors whose faith has been damaged by sexual abuse.

2014.12.12.

Limerick synod could herald new age of hope

Delegates who attended Saturday’s gathering will remain on the synod journey right up to 2016.

2014.11.19.

Bishop backs first National Day of Reflection

Day to reflect on the effects of abuse as individuals and as a society.

2014.06.21.

Two religious orders offer apologies to abuse victims

Second day of historical institutional abuse inquiry in Northern Ireland.

2014.01.15.

Bishop Leahy thanks abuse victims who hung on to faith

Morale among Irish priests “very challenged” by abuse scandals.

2013.11.04.

Bishops urged to appoint advisory ‘Council of Eight’

Crisis of faith is far more serious than most Church leaders recognise, warns head of Mater Dei.

2013.11.02.

Hearing to determine if two of Fr Smyth’s victims may sue Cardinal

Previous settlement may preclude further action by brother and sister against Primate.

2013.10.22.

Archbishop says state must expedite safeguarding norms

Tribute paid to those working in the Church’s child protection services for the “huge progress” made in safeguarding in recent years.

2013.07.15.
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