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Over 160 new allegations of clerical sex abuse in last year
Most of these allegations related to abuse in the 60s, 70s and 80s.
Opinion: Priests should break the seal of confession when someone admits to child abuse
The most sacred thing in any civilised society should be the protection of children.
Column: Let's take the Sacraments out of class time (and out of teachers' hands)
Instead of spending 20-30 hours of curriculum time focusing on the Sacraments, preparation should take place after school hours.
Over 150,000 people attended the Pope's Easter mass
He called on the international community to “prevent violence” in Ukraine.
Column: Louise O’Keeffe ruling shows Ireland's school patronage system is unworkable
The State is responsible for the rights of students in the national school system even if the schools are run by patron bodies, writes Peter Ferguson.
Vatican turns to social media as two popes - including John Paul II - to be made saints
Millions of people are expected to attend the mass later this month at which the two popes will be canonised.
Priest cleared of sex assault allegations quits two weeks after return
Father Eugene Boland attended therapy to prepare him for his return to public ministry but his diocese said today it quickly became clear “he was not ready”.
Could Mona Lisa have been a feminist who wanted more women in the Church?
One amateur art historian believes he has the story behind that smile…
Indian court convicts 3 over gang rape of Catholic nun
One of the accused was found guilty of rape while two others were convicted of “outraging the modesty of a woman”.
How would you rate Pope Francis' first year in office?
The pontiff took up the role on this date last year.
Memorial event remembers women incarcerated in Magdalene laundries
The event was held in Glasnevin Cemetery today.
Church's teachings on marriage and family 'disconnected from real life'
The Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin addressed a group of priests this evening having received the results of questionnaire distributed in his diocese.
Priest says Iona Institute didn't handle homophobia debate well
Fr Brendan Hoban said Iona’s ‘rush to the legal eagles’ was unwise.
Martin: There's a danger marriage will lose originality if gay marriage allowed
Despite his own views, the Archbishop of Dublin said debates on issues like this should be carried out “in a mature way”.
"Immediate State action" needed on Magdalene justice scheme
JFM Research made the call after the United Nations denounced the Catholic Church for allowing priests to rape children.
Vatican says it will protect children - but criticises UN for 'interfering'
The Holy See said it sees some of the UN committee’s observations as interfering with its teaching.
United Nations denounces the Vatican for allowing priests to rape children
The UN demanded that the Vatican “immediately remove” all clergy who are known or suspected child abusers.
Pope Francis says the internet is a gift from God
However the Pope also warned internet users not to isolate themselves from society.
Spain's new cardinal says homosexuality is a 'defect'
The 84-year-old has been criticised by gay rights groups for his comments.
Former Pope Benedict defrocked nearly 400 priests in two years for child abuse
Statistics for 2011-12 show a dramatic increase over the 171 priests removed in 2008 and 2009.
McAleese: Catholic Church 'in denial over homosexuality for decades'
Her comments were welcomed by liberal Redemptorist priest Fr Tony Flannery.
Column: Pope Francis is considering the needs of survivors of clerical child sexual abuse
As yet, the Papal Commission initiative is quite short on details; I see opportunity and hope in this ‘space’ but it will take courage to enter it from both sides, writes Mark Vincent Healy.
Column: Have we become numb to the figures on clerical child abuse?
I am one of the fortunate survivors to have secured a criminal conviction against one of two Spiritan priests who sexually abused me. Last week’s national audits of the Catholic clergy show others are not so lucky, writes campaigner Mark Vincent Healy.
Just 12 Christian Brothers convicted after 870 allegations
The NBSCCCI said the files they read left them in no doubt that a “great number of children were seriously abused by Brothers”.
Abuse victims' group has "serious concerns" over safeguarding review
One in Four says that the legalistic nature of the Christian Brothers’ response to allegations of child sex abuse is in keeping with their clients’ experiences.
Cardinal Brady says he is 'truly sorry' to survivors
The Archbishop of Armagh was speaking after the National Board for Safeguarding Children in the Catholic Church published its review of practices in the archdiocese.
Safeguarding board has "no remit" to deal with abuse by Irish priests abroad
As further reviews of child protection measures across Catholic Church in Ireland published, “anomaly” emerges.
Accused 'Kiltegan Fathers' on African missions "afforded too much tolerance"
In one case, a priest believed to have abused at least 50 victims since 1966 did not leave the society until 2002.
Archbishop of Cashel and Emly praised for speedy reaction to abuse claims
However, the tone used to some complainants was “inconsistent” – some responses were compassionate and others were “sharp in tone”.
Diocese of Down and Connor met 46 of 48 child safety objectives
The second-largest diocese in the country has dealt with cases involving 14 living priests in recent years, dealing with each of them properly, a report by the Church’s child safety watchdog has found.
Catholic Church child welfare watchdog to publish audit results today
The largest audit of Church bodies to date will be published today, with Christian Brothers particularly under the microscope.
Vatican not legally liable for clerical abuse - says Vatican
UN committee’s questionnaire on Vatican’s own investigations into clerical sex abuse cases also remains unanswered.
New graveyard rules ban food, drink and 'inappropriate' headstones
The parish priest in Buncrana will have final approval on headstones and there are strict guidelines for flowers and plants.
Vatican charity arm turning pope's words into action
Discreet daily rounds of charity-giving based on letters sent to Pope Francis.
How should the Pope do his job? He wants you to tell him
Pope Francis is looking for suggestions on how his role should change, and has called for powers to be taken away from the Vatican.
Priest steps aside as "child safeguarding" complaint is investigated
A statement from the Bishop of Kilmore says that the complaint relates to events that happened “a considerable time ago”.
Catholic pamphlets from 1920s-50s advised on marriage, swearing and becoming a nun
A large exhibition of early 20th century publications are going on display in Dublin.
Murphy Report unfairly 'named, blamed and shamed' individuals says review
The review, commissioned by the Association for Catholic Priests, says that the Murphy report into child sexual abuse in Dublin “went well beyond its mandate”.
Vatican suspends Germany's 'bling bishop' over ostentatious lifestyle
The bishop flew to Rome last week with low-cost airline Ryanair to explain himself to Pope Francis after the cost of his extravagant new residence complex blew out to at least €31 million