NBSCCCI annual report for 2018 shows Pope Francis’ visit to Ireland for the World Meeting of Families last August saw a spike in allegations of clerical abuse.
Referring to the referendum to remove the offence of blasphemy from the Constitution of Ireland, the Irish Catholic Bishops’ Conference stated that the law is "largely obsolete”, but that the promotion of freedom of religion and conscience greatly enriches the social fabric of a country.
The Irish Church, Bishop Brendan Leahy has suggested, is a Church that has faced the evil within, has worked tirelessly to cast it out and put stringent measures in place to protect against its return.
Case of abuse reported in 2015 "deserves particular mention as it happened so recently, demonstrating that a risk to children still exists” - NBSCCCI CEO Teresa Devlin.
“One case stands out as being shocking. The NBSCCCI believes considerable work needs to be undertaken by the Order to acknowledge the serious damage caused.”