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#Clerical Sex Abuse

# clerical-sex-abuse - Saturday 16 February, 2019

The Vatican is hosting a major summit on its response to child abuse, but what does it hope to achieve?

The meeting takes place from 21-24 February.

# clerical-sex-abuse - Wednesday 12 September, 2018

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.

# clerical-sex-abuse - Wednesday 7 February, 2018

Vatican's sex-crimes expert to interview Chilean abuse victim in person

Archbishop Charles Scicluna called Juan Carlos Cruz yesterday “on behalf of the pope” to arrange a face-to-face interview.

# clerical-sex-abuse - Wednesday 9 December, 2015

Bishop apologises for alleged child abuse by former parish priest

Bishop Francis Duffy said the alleged crimes of Fr Brendan Hynds were “appalling.”

# clerical-sex-abuse - Monday 24 November, 2014

Opinion: Without meaningful action, apologies to child abuse survivors are just words

Ten months on from the European Court of Human Rights’ judgement in favour of Louise O’Keeffe, nothing had been forthcoming from the State for survivors.

# clerical-sex-abuse - Thursday 17 July, 2014

Opinion: I became the first male survivor of Irish clerical sexual abuse to meet Pope Francis

It was such an important and historic moment for Irish survivors, where the Pope was left in no doubt about the human and spiritual cost that clerical child sexual abuse causes.

# clerical-sex-abuse - Monday 7 July, 2014

Martin: 'Crisis of the sexual abuse of children in the church not a chapter of the past'

The Archbishop said that the Catholic Church must “do more” to help victims of abuse.

# clerical-sex-abuse - Wednesday 1 January, 2014

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

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.

# clerical-sex-abuse - Thursday 5 December, 2013

Vatican not legally liable for clerical abuse - says Vatican

UN committee’s questionnaire on Vatican’s own investigations into clerical sex abuse cases also remains unanswered.

# clerical-sex-abuse - Friday 5 April, 2013

Pope urges Church to 'act with determination in cases of sexual abuse'

The Vatican continues to receive around 600 claims against abusive priests ever year. Today’s comments from Pope Francis were his first on the clerical sex abuse scandal since succeeding Pope Benedict last month.

# clerical-sex-abuse - Monday 2 July, 2012

Pope fires Slovak bishop in rare show of authority

Pope Benedict XVI has become increasingly willing to forcibly remove bishops who refuse to step down.

Is the Pope coming to Ireland?

The Catholic Communications Office says there’s “no concrete information” about a rumoured visit in 2013.

# clerical-sex-abuse - Monday 11 June, 2012

Child abuse helpline sees large increase in calls

Some callers said they had harmed themselves, while others reported eating disorders and relationship difficulties.

# clerical-sex-abuse - Friday 1 June, 2012

PSNI says abuse allegations in BBC programme did not happen in North

BBC’s This World programme alleged that Cardinal Sean Brady had failed to protect children from abuse.

# clerical-sex-abuse - Tuesday 8 May, 2012

Brendan Boland: My healing won't begin until Brady resigns

But the clerical abuse survivor welcomed yesterday’s public apology from the Primate of All Ireland.

# clerical-sex-abuse - Saturday 5 May, 2012

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-sex-abuse - Thursday 3 May, 2012

Tánaiste suggests Cardinal Brady should "not hold a position of authority"

Eamon Gilmore said it was his personal view that anyone who did not deal with the scale of the abuse outlined in a BBC documentary this week should not be in a position of authority.

# clerical-sex-abuse - Wednesday 2 May, 2012

Cardinal Brady faces new claims over role in sex abuse inquiry

Abuse allegations made by a 14-year-old boy were mishandled by the current head of the Catholic Church back in the 1970s with result that other boys were abused, a BBC documentary disclosed.

# clerical-sex-abuse - Saturday 31 March, 2012

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.

# clerical-sex-abuse - Wednesday 21 March, 2012

Visitation criticised for not addressing Vatican role in abuse cover-ups

Support groups and abuse survivors are disappointed with a six-and-a-half page document which “doesn’t say much at all”.

# clerical-sex-abuse - Saturday 3 March, 2012

Church 'at breaking point' over child abuse scandal - Diarmuid Martin

The Archbishop of Dublin has rejected suggestions that the abuse scandal is over.

# clerical-sex-abuse - Wednesday 8 February, 2012

Catholic Church rejects claims 'very few' abuse victims received support

Church authorities highlighted counselling services, public apologies and compensation paid after victims came forward.

# clerical-sex-abuse - Monday 6 February, 2012

People 'should be grateful to Pope for handling abuse scandal' - cardinal

Cardinal William Levada told a Vatican conference on healing that the pontiff “has had to suffer attacks by the media”.

# clerical-sex-abuse - Friday 3 February, 2012

Pope must ask forgiveness from abuse victims, says survivor Marie Collins

Collins is due to speak at a Vatican conference on ‘Healing and Renewal’ in Rome next week.

# clerical-sex-abuse - Sunday 18 December, 2011

Diarmuid Martin speaks of anger over clerical child abuse

The Archbishop of Dublin also said he felt isolated over his handling of the abuse scandal, but added: “I make mistakes like anybody else”.

# clerical-sex-abuse - Sunday 4 December, 2011

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.

# clerical-sex-abuse - Wednesday 30 November, 2011

Dioceses reports criticise inadequate response to abuse allegations

As well as Raphoe, the National Board for Safeguarding Children in the Catholic Chuch has published reports into five other dioceses across the island of Ireland.

# clerical-sex-abuse - Thursday 17 November, 2011

RTÉ apology to priest in High Court "a wake-up call"

Association of Catholic Priests founder calls Prime Time Investigates accusations against Fr Kevin Reynolds “vile and appalling” as RTÉ apologises and pays undisclosed damages.

# clerical-sex-abuse - Saturday 3 September, 2011

Vatican rejects Taoiseach's criticism over Cloyne sex abuse report

The Vatican has issued its response to the Cloyne report saying it is “sorry and ashamed” for the suffering of victims and their families.

# clerical-sex-abuse - Wednesday 31 August, 2011

The 9 at 9: Wednesday

Nine things to know this morning…

# clerical-sex-abuse - Monday 29 August, 2011

Shatter insists mandatory reporting will apply to priests despite Cardinal's comments

Cardinal Seán Brady has said that the seal of the confession is inviolable and that any attempt to undermine it is a challenge to the right of Catholics to freedom of religion.

# clerical-sex-abuse - Monday 22 August, 2011

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.

# clerical-sex-abuse - Thursday 11 August, 2011

Cloyne priests to meet... as hundreds more abuse cases set to emerge

A new report on the Donegal diocese of Raphoe is expected to reveal many more assaults on children by priests.

# clerical-sex-abuse - Sunday 31 July, 2011

Archbishop: Clerics hurt too by the Church's mishandling of abuse claims

The Archbishop of Tuam, Michael Neary, addresses pilgrims on top of Croagh Patrick as part of “spiritual” Reek Sunday in Mayo.

# clerical-sex-abuse - Friday 29 July, 2011

Philadelphia monsignor to stand trial alongside priests accused of rape

The monsignor is the only US church official ever charged with transferring paedophile priests to unsuspecting parishes.

# clerical-sex-abuse - Monday 25 July, 2011

Column: You, Me and the Holy See

Lisa McInerney on the “sickly, complicated” relationship Ireland has with Catholicism: “It’s completely wrong for Irish Catholics to demand the State be run to their spiritual stipulations.

# clerical-sex-abuse - Friday 22 July, 2011

Will religious congregations attend key meeting with Ruairí Quinn?

How much compensation the Church pays to victims of abuse in residential institutions is up for discussion.

# clerical-sex-abuse - Thursday 21 July, 2011

Poll: Will Enda Kenny's speech change relations between Church and State? Your Say This post contains a poll

Poll: Will Enda Kenny's speech change relations between Church and State?

Is the Taoiseach’s damning criticism of the Vatican a genuine turning point, or another false dawn?

# clerical-sex-abuse - Wednesday 20 July, 2011

Kenny condemns the 'dysfunction and disconnection' of the Catholic Church

Enda Kenny told the Dáil that the Cloyne Report has exposed the Vatican’s “dysfunction, disconnection and elitism”; meanwhile, there have been further calls for the Papal Nucnio to be expelled from Ireland.

# clerical-sex-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.

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