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#Clerical Abuse

# clerical-abuse - Tuesday 19 July, 2011

Pope accepts Cardinal's resignation after clerical abuse scandal Philadelphia

It’s not just in Ireland, you know. Cardinal Justin Rigali steps down as Archbishop of Philadelphia over sex abuse.

# clerical-abuse - Saturday 16 July, 2011

Archbishop apologises for 'consistent failure' in Cloyne

The apostolic administrator for the Cloyne diocese at the centre of a damning report this week has written a letter that will be read out at all masses in the area this weekend.

# clerical-abuse - Friday 15 July, 2011

Poll: Should the Papal Nuncio be expelled from Ireland? Your Say This post contains a poll

Poll: Should the Papal Nuncio be expelled from Ireland?

The Vatican is yet to respond to the findings of the Cloyne report, which found the Papal state less than co-operative with helping implement child protection guidelines. But should the Government send the Pope’s representative here packing?

FG's Charlie Flanagan says the Papal Nuncio should be expelled

The Vatican’s response to allegations of clerical sex abuse in Cloyne was described as “unhelpful”.

# clerical-abuse - Thursday 14 July, 2011

Column: We must stop the reports on clerical child abuse.. and spend that money on survivors

We know children were molested and raped and we know the Church protected the evil abusers, writes Evin Daly, CEO of One Child International. What those victims need now is support and funding, not more reports.

# clerical-abuse - Wednesday 13 July, 2011

Take 5: Wednesday

5 minutes, 5 stories, 5 o’clock.

# clerical-abuse - Tuesday 12 July, 2011

Report into Cloyne sexual abuse to be published tomorrow

The official report of the Commission of Investigation into child sex abuse in the Cork diocese is to be published.

# clerical-abuse - Monday 4 July, 2011

Some €847 million paid out to victims of institutional abuse: report

Ireland’s first UPR report has revealed that 13,669 victims of institutional abuse have been compensated – and recommends that a committee to clarify “the state’s interaction” with the Magdalene Laundries be established.

# clerical-abuse - Sunday 3 July, 2011

Cloyne clerical abuse report to be published this month

Lengthy saga of legalese to come to an end after Cabinet sees report on 12 July says Justice Minister Alan Shatter.

# clerical-abuse - Friday 1 July, 2011

Priest apologises to victim for abuse

Paul McGennis has said he’s sorry for the ‘stress and torture’ he caused. He began abusing his victim in the eighties, when she was 10 years old.

Take 5: Friday

5 minutes, 5 stories, 5 o’clock.

# clerical-abuse - Thursday 26 May, 2011

HIV-positive Italian priest arrested over paedophilia claims - in diocese of key anti-paedophilia Bishop

A key ally of Pope Benedict in establishing a tough policy on how bishops handle abuse allegations is hit with problems of his own.

# clerical-abuse - Thursday 19 May, 2011

"Causes" of clerical child abuse in US revealed by new report

Catholic Church-funded study claims priest celibacy rules did not contribute to sexual attacks on minors – but instead blames increase in “deviant” social behaviours such as drug-taking, divorce and pre-marital sex.

# clerical-abuse - Wednesday 11 May, 2011

Take 5: Wednesday

5 minutes, 5 stories, 5 o’clock.

Church abuse watchdog reports increase in allegations

The National Board for the Safeguarding of Children in the Catholic Church says reports grew by 38 per cent on last year.

# clerical-abuse - Tuesday 12 April, 2011

Vatican sanctions Belgian bishop who abused nephew

A Belgian bishop who resigned last year after admitting he had sexually abused his nephew has been sanctioned by the Vatican – and will no longer be permitted to act as a priest in public.

# clerical-abuse - Friday 8 April, 2011

Take 5: Friday

5 stories, 5 minutes, 5 o’clock.

# clerical-abuse - Saturday 26 March, 2011

US Jesuits agree €117m payout to clerical abuse victims US

US Jesuits agree €117m payout to clerical abuse victims

Abuse settlement is one of the largest in Catholic church history.

# clerical-abuse - Wednesday 9 March, 2011

21 Philadelphia priests suspended after sexual abuse investigation

Suspension of priests accused of molesting children follows grand jury investigation into allegations of clerical abuse.

# clerical-abuse - Monday 21 February, 2011

Archbishops appeal for forgiveness from clerical abuse victims

Diarmuid Martin urges victims to continue speaking out against abuse and apologised yesterday in his own name for the “insensitivity and hurtful” reactions they encountered.

# clerical-abuse - Tuesday 21 December, 2010

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Pope urges Church reflection on child abuse response

In annual address to Catholic cardinals, Pope Benedict says Church must do everything possible to prevent child abusers from becoming priests, but says child pornography is becoming more acceptable in society.

# clerical-abuse - Thursday 2 December, 2010

Take 5: Thursday

5 minutes, 5 stories, 5 o’clock.

Priest's sex victim awarded highest-ever clerical abuse payout of $30m

Parish in which abuse happened is held liable for part of the award as victim argues other priests knew what was going on.

# clerical-abuse - Monday 15 November, 2010

Apostolic visit criticised for giving out 'very bad message'

The cardinal sent to Ireland to oversee the handling of the clerical sex abuse crisis has celebrated mass alongside two bishops strongly criticised in the Murphy report.

# clerical-abuse - Monday 1 November, 2010

Church abuse victims march on the Vatican

The international protest by victims of clerical sexual abuse ends with a candlelit march toward St Peter’s Square.

# clerical-abuse - Thursday 28 October, 2010

December deadline set for Cloyne abuse report

The government have extended the deadline for the Cloyne clerical child sex abuse report by two months.

# clerical-abuse - Wednesday 27 October, 2010

Need for “distinction” in clerical abuse cases

A distinction should be drawn between paedophile priest and those who have committed a minor indiscretion with a teenager, says the Association of Catholic Priests.

# clerical-abuse - Monday 11 October, 2010

Apostolic visitation is self-serving, window-dressing nonsense

Abuse survivor and children’s rights campaigner Andrew Madden says to engage with the process would be to give it credibility.

# clerical-abuse - Thursday 7 October, 2010

Abuse victims divided about meeting apostolic delegation

Irish victims of clerical sexual abuse are divided on whether to meet the apostolic

# clerical-abuse - Wednesday 1 September, 2010

A PRIEST HAS appeared in Galway Circuit Criminal Court charged with sexually assaulting a 15-year-old boy in the west of Ireland over 40 years ago. The 82-year-old priest, who cannot be named for legal reasons, appeared before Loughrea District Court this morning.

# clerical-abuse - Thursday 15 July, 2010

THE VATICAN has issued a new set of canon laws in response to worldwide incidents of clerical child abuse.

Priests who abuse children or mentally disabled people or access child pornography are targeted by the guidelines.The statute of limitations was also increased to 20 years from ten, from the victim’s 18th birthday.

However, many victims say that the Vatican has not gone far enough: The new laws do not force priests to report sexual abuse to police, do not impose sanctions for priests who help to cover up abuse, and do not unequivocally expel clerics who are found guilty of abuse.

Apart from the bitter disappointment of some victims who had hoped the Church would deliver on its promise to introduce stern new measures to fight abuse, the laws have also provoked outrage from women’s groups.

The new canon laws describe the attempted ordination of women as a “grave crime” and subjects it to the same procedures and punishments outlined for sex abuse. The apparent implication that child rape is equivalent to women joining the priesthood has provoked outrage and incredulity.

The Vatican says that updating the law on both issues at the same time did not mean they believed they were equivalent.

Under the new rules, punishment for ordaining a woman consists of immediate excommunication for the woman and priest in question. On the other hand, priests found guilty of sexually abusing children are not automatically defrocked.