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Monday 11 December 2023 Dublin: 9°C

# Clerical Abuse

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Column: No matter what, we still need the Church
The Catholic Church has abused its power in Ireland, but it still brings something essential to our lives, writes Fr Tony Flannery.
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.
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.
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”.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
"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.
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.
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.
Take 5: Friday
5 stories, 5 minutes, 5 o’clock.
US Jesuits agree €117m payout to clerical abuse victims
Abuse settlement is one of the largest in Catholic church history.
21 Philadelphia priests suspended after sexual abuse investigation
Suspension of priests accused of molesting children follows grand jury investigation into allegations of clerical abuse.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
December deadline set for Cloyne abuse report
The government have extended the deadline for the Cloyne clerical child sex abuse report by two months.
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.
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.
Abuse victims divided about meeting apostolic delegation
Irish victims of clerical sexual abuse are divided on whether to meet the apostolic
Priest in court on sexual assault charges
Vatican introduces new canon laws on "most serious crimes"
The Church’s new laws for punishing clerical sex abusers are met with disappointment and disbelief.