Religious order did not want 'eternal besmirching of names of good people' by keeping abuse records

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”.

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Kiss but don’t tell: How Ireland enabled Cleary’s sexual hypocrisy

Fr Michael Cleary didn’t have to cope with loneliness or celibacy, having fathered a family, writes Terry Prone

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Inquiry hears of ‘sexual abuse’ at home run by religious order in Scotland

The fourth phase of the inquiry in Edinburgh is currently examining St Ninian’s, a residential school in Falkland, Fife.

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Evidence showed sex offences by Cardinal Pell in Australia were impossible, appeal told

Lawyers for George Pell said the five verdicts against him were ‘unsafe and unsatisfactory’ and should be overturned.

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'Beyond time' that Government acknowledges failure to compensate abuse victims, says survivor

A woman who took a case against the State to the European Court of Human Rights has expressed disappointment at the State’s failure to compensate victims of sexual abuse in day schools.

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Exhibition by abuse survivors marks 10 years since Ryan Report

The 2009 investigation concluded youngsters at institutions for children were treated like prison inmates and slaves.

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Survivors of clerical abuse 'regret' lack of consultation over event to commemorate State apology

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.

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Pope rejects French cardinal's resignation after priest cover-up

Pope Francis has declined to accept the resignation of French Cardinal Philippe Barbarin as archbishop of Lyon after he was convicted of failing to report a known predator priest to police, the Vatican said.

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French cardinal found guilty of failing to report child abuse allegations

Philippe Barbarin was handed a six-month suspended prison term after the surprise verdict.

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The Church’s leaders can’t hold a candle to the survivors of abuse

Who would ever, in any sense, regard the lighting of a candle as an act of atonement or reparation? asks Fergus Finlay.

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Pope vows to confront predators and end cover-ups

Francis pledged to end the cover-ups by their superiors and prioritise victims of this ‘brazen, aggressive and destructive evil’.

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Vatican summit on sex abuse focuses on accountability

Pope Francis has summoned 190 bishops and other senior church figures.

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Vatican holding summit in bid to end silence on clerical sex abuse

Church leaders from around the world are gathering after Pope Francis summoned them for a summit on how to deal with cases of sex abuse by clergy.

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Religious order is ignoring legal requests to transfer land

A religious order that is supposed to hand over a lucrative Dublin property as part of the decade-old clerical abuse compensation deal has been ignoring since last summer State legal letters over repeated delays.

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Cardinal denies covering up actions of sex abuse claim priest who was son of 'Lord of the Rings' author

Cardinal Vincent Nichols, Archbishop of Westminster, was giving evidence to the independent inquiry into child sex abuse.

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Pope removes two cardinals from cabinet after sex abuse scandal

Chilean Cardinal Javier Errazuriz and Australian Cardinal George Pell have left the C-9.

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Priests denied full Catholic funeral if they die while facing sexual abuse allegations

Priests who die while facing accusations of sexual abuse are being denied a traditional Catholic funeral.

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My friend was sexually abused in childhood by a priest. I never knew

Fr Naughton had been an abuser of children for 25 years, transferred from parish to parish.

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Cloyne ex-priest sets out abuse defence in book

Outcry as Daniel Duane addresses 11 allegations made against him.

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Pope’s leading Vatican critic blames homosexuality for abuse crisis

The Vatican ambassador who accused Pope Francis of rehabilitating a disgraced ex-American cardinal is repeating his criticisms, saying the “scourge of homosexuality” in the priesthood is responsible for sex abuse and that the Vatican is being hypocritical in refusing to acknowledge it.

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Church yet to pay out promised millions to abuse survivors

The Catholic Church has handed over little more than half of the compensation money it promised to give victims of repeated physical and sexual abuse, leaving survivors hundreds of millions of euro out of pocket.

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Pope drawn into study on abusive priest who worked with street children

When a cardinal in Argentina, the pontiff is said to have given backing to a report questioning the case against the accused cleric.

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Report details thousands of Catholic abuse cases in Germany since 1946

A report on sexual abuse inside the Catholic Church in Germany says 3,677 people were abused by clergy between 1946 and 2014, two leading German media outlets have said.

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Why the Catholic Church is so slow to act in sex abuse cases: 4 essential reads

The Vatican’s retired ambassador to the United States, Carlo Maria Vigano, has accused Pope Francis and other officials of covering up that they were aware of sex abuse allegations against Theodore McCarrick, a former archbishop of Washington.

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Children’s shoes placed at altar of Co Cork church

A Mass congregation broke out in applause yesterday as victims and survivors of clerical and industrial abuse were formally commemorated in Cork.

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Canon’s baby steps to help heal those ‘hurting so grievously’

A priest who has served for more than 40 years in the Diocese of Cloyne plans to commemorate victims of mother and baby homes and of clerical sex abuse at a Mass in Youghal tomorrow.

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Domestic abuse bigger threat to our children than Catholic priests

If protecting children begins, as it should, with identifying risk, then Catholic priests are among the cohorts of least risk to children in today’s Ireland, writes Margaret Hickey

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Pope laments abuse in first Vatican appearance since Ireland trip

Francis presided over his weekly general audience in St Peter’s Square.

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Campaigners urge Pope to deliver plan to tackle child abuse

The pontiff’s visit to Ireland focused attention on historic incidents of wrongdoing by clergy.

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'The least he can do is apologise,' says clerical sex abuse victim ahead of Papal visit

Pressure is mounting on the Pope to use his Irish visit to apologise to victims of abuse by members of the Catholic Church.

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Former Australian Archbishop avoids jail for covering up child sex abuse

The most senior Roman Catholic cleric convicted of covering up child sex abuse has been ordered by an Australian court to serve his one-year sentence in home detention rather than jail.

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Harris: Church must 'pay over and pay up' on sexual abuse redress

The Government is looking at seizing hospital and school lands owned by the church as a means of meeting the €1.6bn cost of sexual abuse redress payments.

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Five Dublin priests accused of child abuse in past year

Five priests in the Dublin Archdiocese have been the subject of child abuse allegations since last year.

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New Vatican body to examine cases of bishops who fail to protect children from abuse

Pope Francis has created a new Vatican tribunal section to hear cases of bishops who fail to protect children from sexually abusive priests.

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184 new allegations of historic abuse by Catholic clergy raised in the last year

Dozens of new allegations or suspicions of historic abuse by Catholic clergy have been raised with a national watchdog in the past year.

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Pope to meet victims of clerical abuse

Pope Francis has announced he will meet a group of sex abuse victims next month at the Vatican and declared "zero tolerance" for any member of the clergy who would violate a child.

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Catholic Church 'must do more to help abuse survivors'

The Catholic Church needs to do more to help survivors of child abuse, according to the watchdog for child protection.

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Priest: I will protect children, but not break seal of confession

A Catholic priest has said he would do anything to protect a child, but that he would not break the seal of confession.

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Vatican policies systematically allowed priests to rape children, says UN committee

The Vatican “systematically” adopted policies that allowed priests to rape and molest tens of thousands of children over decades, a UN human rights committee said today.

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400 priests defrocked by Pope Benedict

Pope Benedict XVI defrocked nearly 400 priests in two years for molesting children, a document obtained by the Associated Press shows.

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Former Vatican ambassador accused of sex abuse 'has diplomatic immunity'

The Vatican has told Polish prosecutors that its former ambassador to the Dominican Republic, under investigation for alleged sex abuse, is covered by diplomatic immunity.

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US priest leaves prison after appeal against sex-abuse cover-up conviction

A Roman Catholic priest who won an appeal against his landmark conviction in the church sex abuse scandal has left a Pennsylvania prison after 18 months behind bars.

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Former priest admits abusing another two other boys

A former priest who received a 16 year prison sentence for the sexual abuse of nine boys in the 70s and 80s has admitted abusing two other boys.

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Number of abuse allegations against Catholic church increasing

There has been a slight increase in the number of allegations of abuse being reported to the National Board for the Safeguarding of Children in the Catholic Church in Ireland.

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Catholic church outlines new child protection measures

Ian Elliott, the Catholic church’s own watchdog on child protection measures in Ireland, has detailed the policies now in place to prevent child abuse in several dioceses.

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Retired bishop accepts criticisms in clerical abuse report

A retired Catholic bishop has admitted mistakes after a watchdog found opportunities to stop dangerous paedophile priests were consistently missed.

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Former priest McCabe jailed for child sex abuse

A former priest who sexually abused two 13-year-old boys in the 1970s in Dublin and Kildare has received an 18-month jail sentence today.

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US Catholic Archdiocese to reveal confidential files

The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles is to reveal 30,000 pages of confidential personnel files without blacking out the names of church leaders who knew about sexual abuse by priests.

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Martin named as next leader of Catholic church in Ireland

Monsignor Eamon Martin has been appointed assistant bishop in the Archdiocese of Armagh, as Cardinal Sean Brady plans to retire as head of the Catholic Church in Ireland.

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New bishop appointed in Cloyne

A new bishop has been appointed to the diocese of Cloyne in Co Cork for the first time in two years following a scandal over the handling of abuse allegations.

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Australian state orders inquiry into clerical abuse claims

The Australian state of New South Wales has ordered a special inquiry to look into claims the Catholic Church covered up for paedophile priests.

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Hundreds of clerical sex abuse cases confirmed in Australia

More than 600 cases of child sex abuse have been confirmed in the Roman Catholic Church in the Australian state of Victoria.

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Taoiseach to meet Pope today

The Taoiseach will meet the Pope later this morning for first time since Mr Kenny's Dail speech which strongly attacked the Vatican's handling of the clerical sex abuse issue in Ireland.

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US bishop found guilty of abuse cover-up

The first American bishop criminally charged in the clergy sex abuse scandal was found guilty of a misdemeanour count of failing to report suspected child abuse, a conviction that extends the struggle of Catholic leaders to restore trust in the church.

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Countrywide audit would reveal many more abuse 'skeletons': Dublin priest

A Dublin priest has said that if an audit were done of every religious congregation in the country, many more cases of child abuse - and their cover-up - would be revealed.

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Head of Church's abuse watchdog criticises 'friendship gone too far' comment

A long-serving bishop has sparked a storm of controversy over his fitness for the job after revealing he used to think paedophilia was friendship gone too far.

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'Childish, puerile, infantile': Finlay dismisses Bishop's apology

Barnardos chief executive Fergus Finlay has described as "a childish excuse" comments from Bishop of Clonfert John Kirby that he previously regarded paedophilia as a "friendship that crossed a boundary line".

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Church's child abuse watchdog details protection policies

Ian Elliot, the head of the Catholic Church's own watchdog on child protection measures, has detailed the policies now in place to prevent child abuse.

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Bishop: I thought paedophilia was 'friendship that crossed a boundary line'

Bishop of Clonfert John Kirby said today that he had previously regarded paedophilia as a "friendship that crossed a boundary line"

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Bishop apologises for moving abusive priests to another dioceses

The Bishop of Clonfert has today apologised for moving two priests from one parish to another in the 1990s after they abused children.

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