Dublin Archbishop 'a source of division'

A meeting of Dublin priests last month heard the Archbishop of Dublin described as a source of division.

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Bishops hold talks after sex abuse report

Catholic bishops gathered for an extraordinary general meeting today in the wake of the damning report into clerical child sex abuse in the Dublin archdiocese.

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Bishop will not quit over abuse cover-up

The last of five bishops named in an expose of the Catholic Church’s cover-up of child sex abuse will not resign, his spokesman said tonight.

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Pressure mounts on bishop to resign

Pressure is mounting on the only serving bishop named in the Murphy report yet to resign.

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Bishops Walsh and Field resign after Murphy report

Bishops Walsh and Field resign after Murphy report

Two more Bishops have resigned in the wake of the damning Murphy report.

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Priest: Irish society 'morally bankrupt'

A prominent priest has said Irish society is "morally bankrupt".

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Moriarty resignation piles pressure on three other Bishops

Moriarty resignation piles pressure on three other Bishops

There is increasing pressure on the three remaining Bishops named in the Murphy report to resign.

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Bishop Moriarty offers resignation to Pope

Bishop Moriarty offers resignation to Pope

The Bishop of Kildare and Leighlin James Moriarty has offered his resignation to the Pope today.

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Bishop Moriarty resigns

Bishop Moriarty resigns

Bishop of Kildare and Leighlin James Moriarty has resigned this afternoon.

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Second bishop 'considering position' in wake of Murphy report

There is speculation today that a second bishop criticised in the Murphy report is about to resign.

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Bishops clash over child sex abuse report

The country’s Catholic hierarchy faced further damage tonight after an under-fire Bishop clashed with a colleague over a sickening child abuse scandal.

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Ryan Report triggers new childcare guidelines

New guidelines today have been launched for people working with children in care that address criticisms in the Ryan Report.

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School principals call for more bishop resignations

School principals call for more bishop resignations

Primary Schools Principals are today calling for the bishops named in the Murphy report to resign their positions as school patrons.

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Bishop Murray did the right thing, says Archbishop Martin

The Archbishop of Dublin said today that he believes Bishop Donal Murray did the right thing by resigning.

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Statement expected from second under-fire bishop

A second Bishop is signalling he will resign in the wake of the Murphy Report.

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Pope accepts Bishop Murray's resignation

Pope Benedict today accepted the resignation of a under-fire Bishop of Limerick Dr Donal Murray over his “inexcusable” mishandling of a child sex abuse case.

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Murray to speak at cathedral

Bishop of Limerick Dr Donal Murray will address church-goers today as speculation intensifies that he has offered his resignation.

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Murray expected to resign today

Dr Donal Murray is expected to resign as Bishop of Limerick later today

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Report: Bishop of Limerick resigns

According to reports tonight the Bishop of Limerick Donal Murray has resigned.

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Council of Priests to discuss Murphy Report

The Council of Priests of Dublin's Catholic Archdiocese will meet tomorrow for the first time since the publication of the Murphy report.

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Dublin diocese set for new director for child protection

TThe Dublin diocese is looking to appoint a new director, responsible for safeguarding children.

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Bishop of Limerick 'fighting to keep his job'

It looks increasingly likely that the Bishop of Limerick will have to be forced from his position.

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Bishop of Limerick staying in Rome to await decision

A spokesperson for the Bishop of Limerick has said Dr Murray is remaining in Rome to await developments concerning his future.

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Pope criticsed for response to abuse report

Pope criticsed for response to abuse report

The Pope has been criticised for his response to the Murphy Report into the cover-up of child abuse in the Dublin Archdiocese.

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Pope apologises for clerical child sex abuse

Pope apologises for clerical child sex abuse

The Pope has apologised for the behaviour of Irish priests who sexually abused children and then had their actions covered up.

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Schoolgirl's murder to be investigated following abuse reports

The murder of an innocent schoolgirl almost four decades ago was tonight being investigated in the wake of two harrowing reports into the cover-up of clerical abuse.

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Pope stops short of outright apology for clerical abuse

Pope stops short of outright apology for clerical abuse

Pope Benedict XVI today has expressed his "profound regret at the actions of some members of the clergy".

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Top clerics to meet Pope over Murphy report

The country's most senior Catholic clerics are due to meet the Pope today to discuss fall-out from the child abuse inquiry in the Dublin Archdiocese.

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Top clerics to meet pope over sex abuse report

The country's most senior Catholic clerics are due to meet the Pope tomorrow to discuss the fall-out from the child abuse inquiry in the Dublin Archdiocese.

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Bishops apologise for paedophilia cover-up

Irish Catholic bishops tonight asked for forgiveness over the Church cover-up of paedophile priests.

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Victims' group calls for cover-up bishops to quit

Catholic bishops are being urged to finally admit to their role in a systematic cover-up of child sex abuse.

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Vatican ‘ashamed’ of Murphy report findings

Vatican ‘ashamed’ of Murphy report findings

The Pope’s Ambassador to Ireland today said the Vatican was ashamed by the devastating findings of a damning inquiry into clerical sex abuse in Dublin.

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Papal Nuncio: Pope will respond to Murphy report

Papal Nuncio: Pope will respond to Murphy report

The Papal Nuncio to Ireland says a response on the findings of the Murphy report on clerical sex abuse can be expected from the Pope.

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Brady and Martin to travel to Vatican for meeting on abuse

Cardinal Sean Brady and Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin have been summoned to the Vatican to discuss the findings of the Dublin Archdiocese clerical child sex abuse report.

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Bishop steps down from children's charity

A retired bishop who mishandled clerical child sex abuse cases tonight resigned as head of a charity.

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Andrews not surprised at pressure on bishop to resign

The Minister for Children Barry Andrews has said he is not surprised pressure is being placed on the Bishop of Limerick to resign.

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Bishop in Rome to discuss calls for resignation

It is understood the Bishop of Limerick is in Rome for talks on his future.

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Bishop of Limerick asks people to 'pray for him'

The Bishop of Limerick has today asked his parishioners to pray for him as he considers his position.

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Murray expected to quit this week

The Bishop of Limerick says he is reflecting on the decision he now has to make and has asked mass goers for their continued prayers - especially this week.

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Cardinal to meet Pope to discuss abuse report

The head of the Catholic Church in Ireland is to meet with the Pope to discuss a damning investigation into clerical child abuse.

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Church-accountability group to hold protest

A group that campaigns for church accountability will deliver an open letter to the Pope today, calling for a thorough inquiry into the failures of bishops to protect children.

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Government demands meeting with Papal Nuncio

Papal nuncio Archbishop Guiseppe Leanza has been asked to attend a meeting with the Foreign Affairs minister Micheál Martin at Iveagh house next week.

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Leading theologian calls for bishops to resign

A leading theologian is calling for all bishops named in the Murphy report to resign immediately.

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Murray defends response to Murphy report

The Catholic hierarchy was today facing a damaging rift after a bishop publicly clashed with a senior colleague over the inexcusable mishandling of child sex abuse.

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Martin 'unhappy' with bishops' response to Murphy report

The Archbishop of Dublin Dr Diarmuid Martin is to write to the bishops named in the Dublin Diocesan report into child abuse to tell them he is not happy with some of their responses to the inquiry.

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Cowen defends Vatican response to sex abuse inquiry

Brian Cowen tonight defended the Vatican’s refusal to deal directly with an investigation into paedophile priests in the Dublin diocese that has shocked the country.

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O'Keeffe: Bishops' roles in schools is 'minimal'

The Education Minister Batt O'Keeffe has refused to back calls for bishops named in the Murphy report to be removed as patrons of schools.

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Govt starts drafting child-protection laws

The Government has started drafting legislation to allow the use of so-called "soft information" for vetting people working with children.

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Papal Nuncio defends lack of response to Murphy report

The Papal Nuncio in Ireland is defending his decision not to respond to a draft report from the Commission of investigation into the Catholic Archdiocese of Dublin.

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Priests back under-fire bishop

A Catholic Bishop criticised in a sickening report on the Church’s mishandling of clerical child sex abuse in Ireland was tonight given the full backing of priests and Mass-goers in his diocese.

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Garda Commissioner: 'Special treatment' of priests will not happen again

Garda Commissioner Fachtna Murphy has said the special treatment given by gardaí in the past to members of the clergy suspected of child abuse will never happen again.

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O'Dea: Not up to ministers to remove bishops

The Defence Minister has said it is not up to ministers to remove bishops from their post

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Bishop: Murphy report findings 'misread'

Bishop of Killaloe Willie Walsh today hit out over calls for a colleague to resign in the wake of a sickening report into clerical child sex abuse and cover-ups.

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Walsh won't 'stand in judgement' on under-fire Murray

The Bishop of Killaloe Willie Walsh has said he is "not going to stand in judgement" on the Bishop of Limerick Donal Murray.

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Look to your consciences over abuse, Archbishop tells clergy

The head of the Catholic Church in Dublin today told bishops implicated in a sickening report into child sex abuse to look in to their consciences.

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Pressure mounts on Bishop of Limerick

A Catholic bishop criticised for not investigating an allegation of child sex abuse today said that in response to calls for his resignation he would be guided by the priests and people of his diocese.

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Martin calls on public to support 'good priests'

The Archbishop of Dublin has called on the Irish public to support and encourage the "good priests" that are in the religious orders.

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Report: Murphy follow-up investigation planned

A second report on clerical abuse in the Catholic archdiocese of Dublin is to be published.

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Bishop criticised in abuse report tells of 'regret'

A Catholic bishop criticised in the report into clerical abuse tonight told churchgoers his greatest regret was if his actions contributed to the suffering of a child.

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Taoiseach shocked at abuse cover-up

Taoiseach Brian Cowen today said it was shocking and disturbing that three decades of horrific child abuse was hidden by the Catholic hierarchy in Dublin.

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