A religious order that accepted that children were abused in its care told the Minister for Education in 2015 that plans to retain child abuse records would lead to “eternal besmirching of the names of good people”.
Thu, 13 Jun, 2019
Organisers of a large scale event in Dublin tomorrow to mark 20 years since the State apology to victims of clerical child sex abuse and a decade on from the publication of the Ryan Report have said they "regret" a lack of consultation with many survivors over the schedule and related issues.
Fri, 10 May, 2019
The declaration by Pope Francis, describing paedophilia as one of the “vilest” of crimes, is the clearest indication yet that he may be prepared finally to tackle the issue of child sex abuse within the Catholic Church.
Tue, 08 Jan, 2019
A human rights group has questioned the legality of security measures that will require householders in the vicinity of the Pope’s visit to provide ID and wear wristbands in order to access their own homes.
Thu, 23 Aug, 2018
Pope Francis must agree to release all secret files on how the Church covered up child abuse since the early 1960s if he wants his historic meeting with victims to avoid being labelled a “tokenistic, box-ticking PR exercise”.
Wed, 22 Aug, 2018
With less than a week to go to the papal visit, one of the leaders of the Catholic Church in Ireland has defended the Pope’s record of dealing with clerical child abuse, saying Francis is up against the might of the Vatican.
Mon, 20 Aug, 2018
An audit looking at almost 2,000 allegations of clerical child sex abuse has found that 67 former Christian Brothers accused of abuse were “not traceable”, while others were visiting families with children where parents might have been unaware of any allegations.
Wed, 21 Feb, 2018
A bank inquiry-style Oireachtas investigation is needed to “get to the bottom” of why 18 religious orders have failed to pay hundreds of millions of euro to abuse victims who were meant to benefit from a multi-billion State redress scheme.
Wed, 12 Apr, 2017
The Government says it will continue to assert “moral pressure” on religious orders to provide more money to cover the costs of redress to survivors of residential abuse, with one survivors’ group claiming Pope Francis should become involved.
Sat, 11 Mar, 2017
Clerical abuse survivor and campaigner, Marie Collins, said she resigned from the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors because a group of people in the Vatican had been obstructing its work, including not following recommendations from the Pope.
Thu, 02 Mar, 2017
Many priests who admit to or who are found guilty of child sex abuse also have addictions, feel isolated or unfulfilled, while others are narcissistic or worryingly needy, according to the Church’s child protection watchdog.
Fri, 02 May, 2014