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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.

Eradicate the evil of child abuse, says Pope at meeting in Rome

"The Church will spare no effort to do all that is necessary to bring to justice whosoever has committed such crimes," Pope Francis tells delegates at Protection of Minors meeting in Rome.

2019.02.25.

Former US cardinal defrocked by Vatican for abusing children

“No bishop, no matter how influential, is above the law of the Church.”

2019.02.17.

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.

Abuse survivor fears February summit won’t deliver concrete action plans

Marie Collins tells We Are Church gathering, “If there is no consistent agreement across the Church as to what is sexual abuse of a minor, then how can we have any hope of consistent handling of the issue?”

2019.01.15.

UK bishops to review Church’s safeguarding structures

Ahead of their meeting on Friday with Pope Francis, the bishops of England and Wales have asked the National Catholic Safeguarding Commission to carry out an independent and comprehensive review.

2018.09.25.

Baby shoes at Youghal Mass make small steps towards healing

“There is a lot of hurt surrounding these issues and there will be for decades, but the hurt will never go away if we don’t acknowledge it and try to find a way of healing,”

2018.09.02.

“The sense of joy and exuberance at Festival of Families was unbelievable”

Bishop Leo O'Reilly of Kilmore responds to the papal visit and says he hopes that the Pope will introduce the necessary structures of accountability to ensure that child safeguarding will be an integral part of church life.

2018.08.29.

Abuse survivors describe meeting with Pope as “very powerful”

“I cannot fail to acknowledge the grave scandal caused in Ireland by the abuse of young people by members of the Church charged with responsibility for their protection and education.” - Pope Francis

2018.08.26.

Cardinal O’Malley reappointed president of PCPM

Nine new members appointed to the Commission, and seven of the previous members reappointed including Jesuit, Fr Hans Zollner and Mgr Robert Oliver from Boston.

2018.02.18.

Marie Collins welcomes Pope’s decision to investigate Chilean bishop

Archbishop Charles Scicluna has been tasked with examining new information in the case of Bishop Juan Barros who has been accused by victims of Fr Fernando Karadima of covering up the priest's sexual abuse.

2018.01.31.

We cannot relent on safeguarding – Bishop Leahy

“Failure to recognise and respond appropriately to the complex issues which abuse presents has, at times, compounded the profound and harmful impact on the lives of many young and vulnerable persons.”

2018.01.16.

Pope Francis appoints Irish priest to CDF role

Mgr John Kennedy from Dublin is to oversee the disciplinary section of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith which processes clerical sex abuse cases.

2017.04.05.

Bishops must report abuse allegations: O’Malley

President of the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors reiterates bishops must report all suspected cases of sexual abuse to civil authorities.

2016.02.16.

Marie Collins explains Saunders impasse

“Any expectation that the Commission can attack or demand things of the Pope or insert themselves in particular cases ignores the mandate."

2016.02.11.

Bishop who suffered immensely recalled at funeral

The society in which Bishop O'Mahony lived “ignored the principle of equity - audi alteram partem - hear the other side": Bishop Eamon Walsh.

2015.12.16.

Prayerful condolences on death of Bishop O’Mahony

Auxilary bishop was one of those most strongly criticised in the Murphy Report over his handling of allegations of clerical sexual abuse.

2015.12.12.

Bishop Crean confirms priest’s defrocking for abuse

Daniel Duane's appeal to the CDF over his dismissal from the priesthood over child sexual abuse rejected by the Vatican.

2015.11.29.

Absence of a compassionate response to survivors

NBSCCCI audits of 43 orders show a total of 325 allegations of sexual abuse were made against 141 religious resulting in 8 criminal convictions.

2015.09.10.

Talk invitation to censured Irish priest revoked

The policy of the Diocese of Cloyne is that a priest who is out of ministry, for whatever reason, cannot exercise a public ministry: Bishop William Crean.

2015.08.22.

Scottish Church criticised in safeguarding report

99-page McLellan report condemns culture of secrecy and cover-up that allowed clerical abuse to remain hidden.

2015.08.19.

Rome rejects dismissal appeal by ex priest over abuse

Vatican upholds decision of Irish canonical court to dismiss ex Cloyne priest from clerical ministry over child sexual abuse.

2015.01.08.

Clerical abuse survivors to meet Pope today

Two Irish survivors among group of six to outline their suffering to Pope Francis.

2014.07.07.

Pope announces meeting with clerical abuse survivors

Irish survivor to be among group of eight representatives to meet Pontiff in June.

2014.05.27.

Plans for Kilnacrott Abbey taking shape

Fundraising campaign underway to raise money for renovation of Co Cavan abbey.

2014.03.23.

Vatican role for Marie Collins welcomed

Her voice is that of someone "not afraid to call the leadership in the Church to responsibility.”

2014.03.23.

Archbishop distressed by Dublin priest’s abuse

61-year-old sentenced to seven years for child sexual abuse.

2014.03.22.

Abuse survivors slate ACP’s ‘mistake’ euphemism

Exclusion of elderly priests from ministry because of a 'mistake' in earlier life questioned.

2014.03.09.

Vatican hits back with criticisms of UN report

Vatican spokesman suggests UN report was drafted in advance, without waiting for the Vatican’s own report.

2014.02.08.

Vatican regrets UN’s observations on child abuse

Report gives no acknowledgement of safeguarding guidelines now in place.

2014.02.06.
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