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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.

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.

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.

Pope apologises for “serious mistakes” in Chilean sex abuse case

“I ask forgiveness from all those I offended and I hope to be able to do so personally, in the coming weeks, in the meetings I will have with representatives of the people who were interviewed.”

2018.04.13.

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.

Pope was informed about Chilean bishop in 2015

A photograph shows Marie Collins handing a letter written to the Pope by Juan Carlos Cruz, detailing Karadima's abuse and Barros' role, to Cardinal Sean O'Malley.

2018.02.06.

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.

Dutch abbot pays tribute to Irish missionary’s battle against child abuse

Columban priest Fr Shay Cullen receives the 2017 Martin Buber Award in the Netherlands.

2017.11.21.

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.

“We come to bid our farewell in this earthly life to Cardinal Desmond Connell”

Archbishop Diarmuid Martin was joined by most of the Irish hierarchy and the Papal Nuncio for the funeral Mass of the late Dr Connell at St Mary’s Pro Cathedral in Dublin.

2017.02.25.

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.

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.

Cleared priest warns bishops over anonymous accusations

“I have received a detailed signed retraction and admission that lies were told and a signed apology. My legal fees were paid and a generous donation was paid to my nominated charity, Aware.”

2016.06.07.

ACP urge Irish bishops to hold a national synod

“The Church is at a cross-roads,” he said, “and we could get stuck at the cross-roads unless we decide to respond proactively”.

2016.05.22.

Former rock journalist promotes joy of chastity

Dawn Eden jokes that she felt she had to be “joyfully chaste” because her conversion wouldn't have been really worth it unless there was some joy to it.

2015.06.09.

CAFOD mourns Irish nun Sr Maura O’Donohue

"Dedicated and doggedly persistent, she was an example of God-centred religious life."

2015.05.08.

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.

Spot the danger signs of dating abuse and stalking

Women's Aid, which works to combat domestic violence, appeals to young women to know the difference between 'safe' and 'sinister' on Valentine's Day.

2015.02.14.

Church’s priority is to protect children: Pope

Everything possible must be done to rid the Church of the scourge of the sexual abuse of minors.

2015.02.06.

Legion of Christ leader retracts ‘awful’ statement

Parallel drawn between Mary Magdalene and disgraced founder Marcial Maciel.

2014.08.30.

Church must seek out all victims of abuse

No room for exclusivity within the Church Archbishop Martin warns in Australian address.

2014.07.22.

Irish state is liable says ECHR

A win for the children of Ireland, says Louise O'Keeffe

2014.01.29.

400 priests laicised by Benedict XVI for abuse

Figures show Vatican stepped up efforts to remove clerical abusers in recent years.

2014.01.18.

Benedict XVI breaks public silence for the first time

Papal message addressed to prominent Italian non-believer.

2013.09.25.
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