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Tuesday 21 March 2023 Dublin: 10°C

# Catholic Church

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# across the chamber
Leo Varadkar apologises for Dáil comments about priests sinning behind the altar
Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin was the target of Varadkar’s comments and he’s now responded to the apology.
# witness statements
France begins its independent inquiry into Catholic Church sex abuse
Thousands are expected to contact the hotline, while face-to-face interviews with victims will be held at a later date.
# Diarmuid Martin
Archbishop says Dublin drug cartels will be stopped from 'exploiting' religious services
He said that religious services would no longer be used to “glorify” Dublin drug cartels’ images.
Opinion: Are we ready to let go of the Catholic Church's rituals?
Baptism, First Communion, Confirmation, Marriage and Burial are now rites of passage but do we understand their theological foundations, writes Shane Dunphy.
# Your Say
Poll: Would you support an opt in approach to sacraments in Catholic schools?
A recent survey shows Catholic schools want preparations for Confirmations and Communions to take place outside the classroom.
# Catholic Church
Pope issues law requiring Catholic clergy members to report sex abuse - but not to police
The law declares that anyone who has knowledge of abuse is obliged to report it to the Church.
# easter bombings
Death toll from Sri Lanka Easter bombings revised down by over 100
Two sons of a wealthy Sri Lankan spice trader are among the suspected suicide bombers.
# bessborough
Diarmuid Martin: 'It's hard to believe that evidence has simply vanished and that no one can remember'
He called on the Church to avoid returning to attitudes it had shown in the past.
# sex abuse scandals
Ex-pope Benedict XVI blames clerical sex abuse on 1960s sexual revolution
Benedict has written a 6,000-word essay for Klerusblatt, a German monthly magazine for clergy.
# divestment
Archdiocese postpones vote on patronage of Dublin schools, citing 'confusion' about Church celebrations
It was claimed earlier this week that pupils would not celebrate Christmas at Educate Together schools.
# Catholic Church
Claims that children can't celebrate Christmas at Educate Together schools 'incorrect and misleading'
It has been claimed by one gaelscoil that Irish greetings like dia duit would no longer be allowed.
# Ricardo Ezzati
Pope accepts resignation of Chile cardinal over sex abuse cases
Ricardo Ezzati, archbishop of Santiago, is the highest-ranking Catholic official in Chile.
# Fr Patrick Peyton
'The Rosary is a weapon': New documentary reveals how a CIA-funded Irish priest fought Communism
Fr Patrick Peyton taught Americans to recite the Rosary from the 1940s onwards.
# cardinal barbarin
Pope rejects resignation of French cardinal convicted of sex abuse cover-up
France’s highest-ranking Catholic official failed to report sex abuse by a priest.
# New Zealand
Diarmuid Martin expresses concern over 'anti-Islamic sentiments being expressed in social media in Ireland'
Martin said that some of this anti-Islamic sentiment came from publications “purporting to be of Catholic inspiration”.
# Cardinal Philippe Barbarin
French cardinal given six-month suspended sentence for helping to cover up child abuse by priest
Cardinal Philippe Barbarin failed to report the abuse of a child between 2014 and 2015.
Opinion: Is the Catholic Church still covering up child sex abuse on the grounds that it is a 'pontifical secret'?
The summit heard that the canon law protection of ‘pontifical secret’ had been applied to numerous clerical abuse cases. Bizarrely, it was suggested that this practice should not continue – indicating that it is ongoing. writes Shane Dunphy.
# Church
Australian Cardinal George Pell found guilty of sexually assaulting two choirboys
He has now become the most senior Catholic cleric ever convicted of child sex crimes.
# Sex Abuse
Top Catholic cardinal admits Church files on sex abuse were 'destroyed'
The cardinal was speaking at a landmark Vatican summit on tackling sex abuse in the clergy.
# Catholic Church
Cases of sex abuse by priests in Poland exposed in new report
The document details the cases of 85 priests convicted of paedophilia.
# Theodore McCarrick
Vatican defrocks former cardinal over sexual abuse of teenager in US
It is the first time a cardinal has ever been defrocked for sex abuse.
# Blessed
Sealed with a kiss: This to-be-wed couple is getting some help from St Valentine
The couple were blessed by a bishop in front of the saint’s shrine.
# Josepha Madigan
Culture minister: 'Glass ceilings are being broken in many sectors - so why not in the Church?'
The event had to be rescheduled after complaints made to the original venue because of the minister’s role in the Repeal campaign.
# Marie Collins
Campaigner calls on Catholic Church to remove 'vagueness and ambiguity' from response to child abuse
A Protection of Minors meeting is due to take place in the Vatican later this month.
# Catholic Church
Catholic diocese in Texas publishes list of 300 priests accused of sexual abuse
The diocese says it’s part of an effort to bring about the restoration of trust.
# Josepha Madigan
Nuns withdraw offer of venue for Minister's speech after threats of protest
Many of those protesting referring to her support for the Repeal campaign.
# Our Lady of Lourdes
Most people don't support changing hospital names to remove religious references
Locals recently protested the proposed name change of Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Drogheda.
# Illinois
Almost 700 clergymen accused of child sex abuse in US state - far more than was disclosed by Church
The state’s attorney general said it was clear from its investigation that the “Catholic Church cannot police itself”.
# Church Scandal
US archdiocese to file for bankruptcy as it faces litany of lawsuits over sexual assault by priests
It is among several American to have filed for bankruptcy protection in recent years.
# World Meeting of Families
Priests told to have another national collection to help make up €4m deficit in fundraising for Pope visit
Bishop Kevin Doran blamed negative media coverage in the run up to the event for the shortfall.
# Pennsylvania
US opens national investigation into alleged abuse carried out by more than 300 suspected priests
The Archdiocese of Philadelphia has confirmed that it will ‘cooperate’ with the federal investigation.
# holy cross college
GAA to buy former seminary beside Croke Park from Dublin Archdiocese
The building and its adjoining land, which date from the 19th century, are to be sold for the development of housing, hotel and sports facilities.
# exorcism
Bishop setting up group to fight off 'evil forces' and recite prayers of exorcism
Bishop Alphonsus Cullinan said the ministry group will pray and recite the prayers of exorcism.
# Theodore McCarrick
Vatican refutes claims that Pope Francis covered up US cardinal's misconduct
Pope Francis approved a study into how the US cardinal rose through the ranks of the Catholic Church despite allegations against him.
# Apology
Germany's Catholic Church has apologised for 'failing' to deal with sexual abuse and 'the pain' it caused
A new report by the Church in Germany showed that nearly 3,700 minors were assaulted between 1946 and 2014.
# mother and baby home
Taoiseach to meet Catherine Corless after 'paying respects' at Tuam site
Taoiseach Leo Varadkar told the Dáil today that he made a private visit to Tuam on his way home from a conference in Galway recently.
# Clerical Sex Abuse
Catholic Church in Germany 'ashamed' after report highlights scale of sexual abuse and cover up
Over 3,600 children were abused over the course of seven decades, the report found.
# Catholic Church
Number of sex abuse cases against the Chilean clergy has tripled to 119
A total of 167 bishops, priests and lay members of the church are now under investigation for sexual crimes committed since 1960.
# Mandatory reporting
Catholic leaders in Australia reject calls for priests to disclose abuses told during confession
The Catholic Bishops Conference said making it a requirement to report what was said in confession impinged on religious liberties.
# Church Abuse
Explainer: What do the survivors of Catholic Church abuse want from the Vatican?
The papal visit saw many headlines about clerical abuse and about how survivor groups were unhappy with the Church’s response to it.