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Candles of Atonement to mark Day of Prayer for Survivors of Abuse

Lighting the candles of atonement will bring to mind those who have been left “with lifelong suffering as a result of abuse, whose trust was so deeply betrayed and whose faith has been so cruelly tested within the sanctity of the Church”.

2019.02.12.

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.

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.

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.

NBSCCCI CEO warns processing of abuse cases must be quicker

Concerns over the length of time the statutory authorities and the Vatican take to respond when an allegation against a priest is reported.

2018.10.30.

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.

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.

“Let us begin again!” – Bishop of Limerick

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.

2018.09.04.

WMOF2018 already setting new records

"We have the highest number of individuals registered of any World Meeting of Families with just over 30,000” WMOF2018 Secretary General, Fr Timothy Bartlett has highlighted.

2018.06.12.

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.

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.

Significant reduction in number of allegations reported to NBSCCCI

Bulk of 86 new allegations relate to the period from the 1950s up to the 1990s, with a sharp drop in numbers after the year 2000.

2017.05.24.

Marie Collins takes CDF chief to task over treatment of abuse commission

“It appears that for you, the concern that the local bishop might feel disrespected far outweighs any concern about disrespecting the survivor.”

2017.03.15.

Tributes paid to Cardinal Desmond Connell

"I think in the beginning he had no idea of the extent of the problem. But he was the one who said ... we have to know ... I admire his courage ... because it wasn’t an easy thing” – Archbishop Diarmuid Martin.

2017.02.22.

Vatican safeguarding commission launches new website

www.protectionofminors.va provides resources across four categories: ‘Healing and Care’, ‘Guidelines’, ‘Education’, and the ‘Day of Prayer [for the Victims and Survivors of Sexual Abuse]’.

2016.12.07.

ACP slates “unfair” attention towards Maynooth

Former trainee priest who alleges he was harassed by a member of staff while studying in Maynooth files complaint with Gardaí’s sexual assault unit.

2016.08.03.

NBSCCCI publishes new safeguarding guidelines

Expanded child safeguarding guidance incorporates two new standards on caring for and managing the complainant of abuse and the respondent.

2016.06.30.

153 new allegations dealt with by NBSCCCI last year

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.

2016.06.10.

Last 30 NBSCCCI safeguarding reports published

“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.”

2016.05.05.

97 of 100 proposals approved at Limerick Synod

“We are all energised by this process. What it said to us was that the Church here in Limerick knows that there has to be change.”

2016.04.11.

Clerical abuse survivor leaves Vatican commission

“The commission members took a vote and apart from one abstention they agreed that they could no longer continue to work with me.”

2016.02.07.

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 Browne launches new Ógra Beo programme

Faith-based parish programme is geared towards post primary young people.

2015.10.18.

Bishop outlines Ferns’ safeguarding progress

"Unintended consequences" of the focus on the mechanics of safeguarding and zero tolerance highlighted.

2015.10.17.

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.

Resignation of Cloyne’s Designated Liaison Person

Row with Bishop William Crean over the handling of an ex priest whom the Vatican dismissed from the clerical state last January.

2015.09.05.

Gardaí probe assault on former Bishop of Kerry

Man in his 30s alleged to have punched the 79-year-old retired bishop in the face in a train carriage.

2015.09.05.

The key to child protection is education: expert

Over 5.2 million adults and children have gone through the safe environment programme in the US - Mgr Steve Rossetti.

2015.03.02.

No room for complacency on safeguarding: Primate

First national safeguarding conference hosted by the National Board marks a significant milestone on the safeguarding journey: Archbishop Eamon Martin.

2015.02.28.

Towards Peace launched in Kildare & Leighlin

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

2014.12.12.
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