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# catholic-church - Wednesday 4 June, 2014

Multiple government departments to deal with 'deeply disturbing revelations' of child burials
# 800 Babies
# 800 Babies

Multiple government departments to deal with 'deeply disturbing revelations' of child burials

Jun 4th 2014, 10:30 PM 17,810 Views 106 Comments

The issue has come to light as a result of research which found death records for 796 infants in an unmarked grave beside a children’s home.

# catholic-church - Tuesday 3 June, 2014

Dublin's newest priest spent ten years as a car saleman
# Ecumechanical Matter
# Ecumechanical Matter

Dublin's newest priest spent ten years as a car saleman

Jun 3rd 2014, 3:30 PM 25,847 Views 85 Comments

Fr Seamus McEntee, who is 48 ,was ordained by Archbishop Diarmuid Martin today.

# catholic-church - Saturday 31 May, 2014

Opinion: Mass grave 'filled to the brim with tiny bones and skulls' shows how we cherish children
# Mass Grave
# Mass Grave

Opinion: Mass grave 'filled to the brim with tiny bones and skulls' shows how we cherish children

May 31st 2014, 4:00 PM 2,122 Views 282 Comments

The bodies of 800 “illegitimate” children, ranging in age from nine years to two days, have been uncovered in Tuam. But do people care any more now than they did then?

Column: How the Catholic Church and the media thought Satanic cults were a real danger to young people in the 1980s
# Dark Arts
# Dark Arts

Column: How the Catholic Church and the media thought Satanic cults were a real danger to young people in the 1980s

May 31st 2014, 12:00 PM 1,877 Views 183 Comments

If reports were to be believed, the Ouija Board rivalled the Game Boy in the popularity stakes with young people in Ireland in the 1980s and 1990s.

# catholic-church - Monday 26 May, 2014

Pope Francis made an unexpected stop at the Western Wall to pray and leave a note
# Pope On Tour
# Pope On Tour

Pope Francis made an unexpected stop at the Western Wall to pray and leave a note

May 26th 2014, 8:40 AM 9,272 Views 43 Comments

The Pope’s note was different to that left by Pope John Paul II over a decade ago.

# catholic-church - Saturday 17 May, 2014

Opinion: First Holy Communion etiquette for sensible spenders
# Communion
# Communion

Opinion: First Holy Communion etiquette for sensible spenders

May 17th 2014, 12:00 PM 743 Views 44 Comments

Let me warn you now about those who may try to get you spending against your will – and help you to defend yourself.

# catholic-church - Friday 16 May, 2014

Bishop says there can be over-reliance on Churches to provide when people are failed by social policy
# Food Banks
# Food Banks

Bishop says there can be over-reliance on Churches to provide when people are failed by social policy

May 16th 2014, 5:01 PM 8,045 Views 19 Comments

He also said that families should not have to rely on charity to feed themselves.

# catholic-church - Monday 12 May, 2014

One in Four welcomes today's audits but says church must never become complacent again
# Sexual Violence
# Sexual Violence

One in Four welcomes today's audits but says church must never become complacent again

May 12th 2014, 5:21 PM 5,504 Views 24 Comments

Counselling services are available to support people impacted by today’s child protection reports.

Responsibility to safeguard children taken with "utmost seriousness" in Diocese of Meath
# Watchdog
# Watchdog

Responsibility to safeguard children taken with "utmost seriousness" in Diocese of Meath

May 12th 2014, 3:56 PM 4,918 Views 16 Comments

However, in one previous case, the diocese took 18 months before making formal contact with the HSE over a case of abuse.

Case files not kept by religious order on priest that abused in mission countries
# Sex Abuse
# Sex Abuse

Case files not kept by religious order on priest that abused in mission countries

May 12th 2014, 3:18 PM 5,053 Views 6 Comments

Specialist assessments of this priest in 1985, 1997 and 2004 were not kept on file by the Society of the Divine Word.

Child protection review recommends Cloyne Diocese set up whistle blowing policy
# Child Abuse
# Child Abuse

Child protection review recommends Cloyne Diocese set up whistle blowing policy

May 12th 2014, 2:10 PM 3,733 Views 15 Comments

The Diocese was told an overarching child safeguarding plan should be drawn up and published.

Dublin Archdiocese commended for 'exemplar' child abuse allegation reporting system
# Child Safety
# Child Safety

Dublin Archdiocese commended for 'exemplar' child abuse allegation reporting system

May 12th 2014, 12:19 PM 5,196 Views 23 Comments

The latest review commends the roles of Priest Support Co-ordinator and Priest Delegate – both roles being unique to the Dublin Diocese.

# catholic-church - Friday 2 May, 2014

Over 160 new allegations of clerical sex abuse in last year
# Catholic Church
# Catholic Church

Over 160 new allegations of clerical sex abuse in last year

May 2nd 2014, 9:09 AM 7,483 Views 31 Comments

Most of these allegations related to abuse in the 60s, 70s and 80s.

# catholic-church - Tuesday 29 April, 2014

Opinion: Priests should break the seal of confession when someone admits to child abuse
# Child Protection
# Child Protection

Opinion: Priests should break the seal of confession when someone admits to child abuse

Apr 29th 2014, 8:00 AM 2,193 Views 164 Comments

The most sacred thing in any civilised society should be the protection of children.

# catholic-church - Tuesday 22 April, 2014

Column: Let's take the Sacraments out of class time (and out of teachers' hands)
# Schools
# Schools

Column: Let's take the Sacraments out of class time (and out of teachers' hands)

Apr 22nd 2014, 1:00 PM 1,201 Views 175 Comments

Instead of spending 20-30 hours of curriculum time focusing on the Sacraments, preparation should take place after school hours.

# catholic-church - Monday 21 April, 2014

Over 150,000 people attended the Pope's Easter mass
# Urbi Et Orbi
# Urbi Et Orbi

Over 150,000 people attended the Pope's Easter mass

Apr 21st 2014, 9:35 AM 5,700 Views 28 Comments

He called on the international community to “prevent violence” in Ukraine.

# catholic-church - Thursday 3 April, 2014

Column: Louise O’Keeffe ruling shows Ireland's school patronage system is unworkable
# Column
# Column

Column: Louise O’Keeffe ruling shows Ireland's school patronage system is unworkable

Apr 3rd 2014, 1:00 PM 454 Views 130 Comments

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.

# catholic-church - Wednesday 2 April, 2014

Vatican turns to social media as two popes - including John Paul II - to be made saints
# Double Sainthood
# Double Sainthood

Vatican turns to social media as two popes - including John Paul II - to be made saints

Apr 2nd 2014, 7:30 AM 8,188 Views 91 Comments

Millions of people are expected to attend the mass later this month at which the two popes will be canonised.

# catholic-church - Monday 31 March, 2014

Priest cleared of sex assault allegations quits two weeks after return
# Tyrone
# Tyrone

Priest cleared of sex assault allegations quits two weeks after return

Mar 31st 2014, 11:08 AM 14,253 Views 33 Comments

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”.

# catholic-church - Saturday 15 March, 2014

Could Mona Lisa have been a feminist who wanted more women in the Church?
# Art History
# Art History

Could Mona Lisa have been a feminist who wanted more women in the Church?

Mar 15th 2014, 4:00 PM 7,945 Views 27 Comments

One amateur art historian believes he has the story behind that smile…

# catholic-church - Friday 14 March, 2014

Indian court convicts 3 over gang rape of Catholic nun
# Violence
# Violence

Indian court convicts 3 over gang rape of Catholic nun

Mar 14th 2014, 8:30 PM 17,510 Views 45 Comments

One of the accused was found guilty of rape while two others were convicted of “outraging the modesty of a woman”.

# catholic-church - Thursday 13 March, 2014

How would you rate Pope Francis' first year in office?
# One Year In Office
# One Year In Office

How would you rate Pope Francis' first year in office?

Mar 13th 2014, 6:15 AM 9,379 Views 134 Comments

The pontiff took up the role on this date last year.

# catholic-church - Sunday 2 March, 2014

Memorial event remembers women incarcerated in Magdalene laundries
# Catholic Church
# Catholic Church

Memorial event remembers women incarcerated in Magdalene laundries

Mar 2nd 2014, 7:05 PM 8,563 Views 22 Comments

The event was held in Glasnevin Cemetery today.

# catholic-church - Thursday 27 February, 2014

Church's teachings on marriage and family 'disconnected from real life'
# Diarmuid Martin
# Diarmuid Martin

Church's teachings on marriage and family 'disconnected from real life'

Feb 27th 2014, 10:21 PM 16,817 Views 187 Comments

The Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin addressed a group of priests this evening having received the results of questionnaire distributed in his diocese.

# catholic-church - Monday 24 February, 2014

Priest says Iona Institute didn't handle homophobia debate well
# Turbulent Priests
# Turbulent Priests

Priest says Iona Institute didn't handle homophobia debate well

Feb 24th 2014, 2:28 PM 12,861 Views 61 Comments

Fr Brendan Hoban said Iona’s ‘rush to the legal eagles’ was unwise.

# catholic-church - Sunday 9 February, 2014

Martin: There's a danger marriage will lose originality if gay marriage allowed
# Original
# Original

Martin: There's a danger marriage will lose originality if gay marriage allowed

Feb 9th 2014, 7:25 PM 22,838 Views 373 Comments

Despite his own views, the Archbishop of Dublin said debates on issues like this should be carried out “in a mature way”.

# catholic-church - Wednesday 5 February, 2014

"Immediate State action" needed on Magdalene justice scheme
# Holy See Report
# Holy See Report

"Immediate State action" needed on Magdalene justice scheme

Feb 5th 2014, 7:15 PM 5,128 Views 46 Comments

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'
# Child Abuse
# Child Abuse

Vatican says it will protect children - but criticises UN for 'interfering'

Feb 5th 2014, 1:40 PM 7,416 Views 92 Comments

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
# Child Abuse
# Child Abuse

United Nations denounces the Vatican for allowing priests to rape children

Feb 5th 2014, 11:00 AM 12,182 Views 91 Comments

The UN demanded that the Vatican “immediately remove” all clergy who are known or suspected child abusers.

# catholic-church - Thursday 23 January, 2014

Pope Francis says the internet is a gift from God
# Thanks God
# Thanks God

Pope Francis says the internet is a gift from God

Jan 23rd 2014, 12:37 PM 10,506 Views 138 Comments

However the Pope also warned internet users not to isolate themselves from society.

# catholic-church - Monday 20 January, 2014

Spain's new cardinal says homosexuality is a 'defect'
# Catholic Church
# Catholic Church

Spain's new cardinal says homosexuality is a 'defect'

Jan 20th 2014, 1:10 PM 12,747 Views 254 Comments

The 84-year-old has been criticised by gay rights groups for his comments.

# catholic-church - Friday 17 January, 2014

Former Pope Benedict defrocked nearly 400 priests in two years for child abuse
# Catholic Church
# Catholic Church

Former Pope Benedict defrocked nearly 400 priests in two years for child abuse

Jan 17th 2014, 10:50 PM 55,434 Views 92 Comments

Statistics for 2011-12 show a dramatic increase over the 171 priests removed in 2008 and 2009.

# catholic-church - Wednesday 8 January, 2014

McAleese: Catholic Church 'in denial over homosexuality for decades'
# Church
# Church

McAleese: Catholic Church 'in denial over homosexuality for decades'

Jan 8th 2014, 9:27 AM 16,048 Views 275 Comments

Her comments were welcomed by liberal Redemptorist priest Fr Tony Flannery.

# catholic-church - Wednesday 1 January, 2014

Column: Pope Francis is considering the needs of survivors of clerical child sexual abuse
# Opinion
# Opinion

Column: Pope Francis is considering the needs of survivors of clerical child sexual abuse

Jan 1st 2014, 8:30 PM 34 Views 77 Comments

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.

# catholic-church - Wednesday 18 December, 2013

Column: Have we become numb to the figures on clerical child abuse?
# Opinion
# Opinion

Column: Have we become numb to the figures on clerical child abuse?

Dec 18th 2013, 7:30 PM 567 Views 45 Comments

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.

# catholic-church - Tuesday 10 December, 2013

Just 12 Christian Brothers convicted after 870 allegations
# Safeguarding
# Safeguarding

Just 12 Christian Brothers convicted after 870 allegations

Dec 10th 2013, 11:08 PM 15,042 Views 50 Comments

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
# Catholic Church
# Catholic Church

Abuse victims' group has "serious concerns" over safeguarding review

Dec 10th 2013, 2:28 PM 3,847 Views 3 Comments

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
# Safeguarding
# Safeguarding

Cardinal Brady says he is 'truly sorry' to survivors

Dec 10th 2013, 11:58 AM 3,498 Views 37 Comments

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
# Safeguarding
# Safeguarding

Safeguarding board has "no remit" to deal with abuse by Irish priests abroad

Dec 10th 2013, 11:55 AM 2,872 Views 2 Comments

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"
# Safeguarding
# Safeguarding

Accused 'Kiltegan Fathers' on African missions "afforded too much tolerance"

Dec 10th 2013, 11:16 AM 11,691 Views 14 Comments

In one case, a priest believed to have abused at least 50 victims since 1966 did not leave the society until 2002.