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# Clerical Abuse

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# IEC 2012
Pope's personal rep to Eucharistic Congress meets survivors of clerical sexual abuse
The Papal Legate, Cardinal Marc Ouellet, met with a group of abuse survivors during a pilgrimage to Lough Derg.
# IEC2012
Abuse victims remembered at opening of Eucharistic Congress
In his opening greeting, Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin has said the past 50 years have been marked with a dark side.
# Clerical Abuse
Over 230 new abuse allegations received by Catholic Church
The National Board for Safeguarding Children received 237 new abuse allegations in the year to 1 April, 2012, implicating 196 priests.
# Child Abuse
One in every 14 Dublin priests accused of child abuse
New figures show details of accusations against ten serial abusers in the diocese – one of whom had 97 allegations against him.
# Daily Fix
The Daily Fix: Monday
Our round-up of the day’s main stories – as well as the bits and pieces you may have missed.
# Abuse
Parents should have been warned: Cardinal Seán Brady
Catholic Church leader apologises to abuse victims and says he regrets “very much” that parents of children at risk weren’t informed.
Column: Being held to accountability is not persecution, Cardinal Brady
One’s civic duties are not the same as one’s self-imposed religious obligations, writes columnist Lisa McInerney – nor are they superseded by them.
# Clerical Abuse
'Where's the humanity?' - prominent theologian says Cardinal Brady should resign
Fr Vincent Twomy says Brady “has unfortunately lost his moral credibility” over the 1975 abuse inquiry.
Al-Qaeda planned message to convert Ireland to Islam
A letter by Al-Qaeda’s American spokesman says Ireland was ripe for conversion because of its ‘sympathy’ for Palestine.
# Cardinal Brady
Abuse survivor: Without courage or integrity Cardinal Brady failed and it is unforgivable
Colm O’Gorman of One in Four also argues that Brady was following guidelines – in fact, he says there were clear processes enshrined in the church which he followed “to the letter”.
# Abuse
In full: Cardinal Brady responds to allegations over role in abuse inquiry
The primate of all-Ireland has released a statement in response to new allegations about his role in an inquiry into abuse allegations against the paedophile priest Brendan Smyth.
# Fled
Irish priest returns home in middle of US sexual abuse trial
Fr Michael Kelly was due to give testimony yesterday afternoon but has instead returned home to Ireland.
# Apostolic Visitation
Clerical abuse survivors asked: Has the Church supported you?
Support and advocacy group asks for survivors to complete questionnaire to build picture of official response to abuse claims.
# Apostolic Visitation
Irish Catholic bishops "make heartfelt pleas for forgiveness"
Statement from Irish bishops ‘welcomes’ findings of ‘pastoral’ Apostolic Visitation which was sent to Ireland from the Vatican – but Cardinal Brady says it doesn’t “supersede” the Church’s policy.
# Apostolic Visitation
Vatican visitors propose Church reforms to deal with abuse fallout
An Apostolic Visitation sent by Pope Benedict XVI suggests reforming admissions to seminaries, and organisation of dioceses.
# Catholic Church
Calls for Dutch inquiry into 'forced castrations' following clerical abuse claims
Dutch paper reports on castrations in the 1950s ‘to cure homosexuality’ after youths complained about abuse.
# Clerical Abuse
Vatican visitors to publish report on Church child abuse
Pope Benedict’s hand-picked ‘Apostolic Visitation’ will publish a summary of their findings later this morning.
# One Year In
From #danafacts to #cardiff: top hashtags of the 31st Dáil’s first year
The government’s first year in office has seen Twitter debates over Miss Piggy, print toner and internship schemes.
# Abuse
Bishops told seven more abuse reviews will be complete by June
The National Board for Safeguarding Children in the Catholic Church are due to release reports into a further seven dioceses by mid-summer 2012.
# Catholic Church
Church 'at breaking point' over child abuse scandal - Diarmuid Martin
The Archbishop of Dublin has rejected suggestions that the abuse scandal is over.
# Institutional Abuse
Fund to support services for abuse survivors on way
Work on drafting the bill to allow for the establishment of a Statutory Fund is at an “advanced stage”.
€8,500 damages for priest over human rights abuse in trial
An Irish priest, whose trial for alleged sexual abuse took almost 13 years, wins damages at the European Court of Human Rights.
# Cashel and Emly
Diocese asks priests to contribute to child abuse fund
The Archbishop of Cashel & Emly, Dermot Clifford, asks priests to voluntarily donate to cover debts incurred in child protection.
# Cloyne
Government publishes final sections of damning Cloyne report
The Department of Justice publishes the final extracts of the report into the handling of child sexual abuse allegations in Cloyne.
# Cloyne Report
Publication of complete Cloyne Report expected Monday
Although the High Court ruled on the lifting of block on sections of Chapter 9 yesterday, the Government wants a few days to get support systems in place.
# Clerical Abuse
Up to 20,000 children sexually abused says Dutch Catholic inquiry
Survey estimates that ONE in TEN Dutch children suffered some form of abuse. That doubles to ONE in FIVE for those who spent time in Catholic institution.
# Clerical Abuse
Abuse victim calls for Brady apology as lawsuits against Cardinal emerge
Brendan Boland has called for an apology from Cardinal Sean Brady in the wake of settlement reached this week over the Bishop of Armagh’s handling of allegations of abuse by Fr Brendan Smyth.
# Catholic Church
More clerical child abuse investigations may be needed - minister
Children’s minister Frances Fitzgerald said the government would take expense into account when considering whether to commission further probes.
# Ealing Abbey
London abbey to lose control of school after abuse
The school will maintain its Benedictine connection however.
# Clerical Abuse
English High Court rules Church can be sued for priests' abuse
The court has ruled that the Catholic Church is responsible for its priests – allowing it to be sued over sexual abuse.
# Clerical Abuse
Clerical abuse in Ireland tantamount to torture: report
A study into the Ferns, Murphy, Ryan and Cloyne child abuse reports criticises the lack of prosecution against child sexual and physical abusers and those who concealed that abuse.
# Pope
Gun fired ahead of Pope's mass in Germany
Police have arrested one person after a shooting incident this morning. Meanwhile, the Pope met with clerical abuse victims last night during his four-day visit to Germany.
# Education
Archbishop defends Catholic Church's role in education
Archbishop of Dublin Dr Diarmuid Martin has said that Catholic education must fight its own corner in a more pluralist Ireland.
# Child Abuse
State to pay €50 million in legal fees for religious orders
The payouts arise from the work of the Commission to Inquire into Child Abuse, which was set up in 2000 and published the Ryan Report in 2009.
# Cloyne
Vatican's response to Cloyne 'will be published imminently' - report
La Stampa newspaper says the 15-page response has been prepared and is awaiting final approval before being published.
# Clerical Sex Abuse
Bishop Magee breaks silence over Cloyne abuse
Dr John Magee has apologised to child abuse victims, and said he “let down” other priests by going into hiding.
# Vatican
Vatican releases documents relating to priest accused of child abuse in Ireland
US man claims the Vatican knew the priest was a danger to children when they transferred him from Ireland to Oregon, where the man was allegedly abused in 1965.