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Catholic Church

# catholic-church - Thursday 3 April, 2014

Column: Louise O’Keeffe ruling shows Ireland’s school patronage system is unworkable

The State is responsible for the rights of students in the national school system even if the schools are run by patron bodies, writes Peter Ferguson.

# catholic-church - Wednesday 2 April, 2014

Vatican turns to social media as two popes – including John Paul II – to be made saints

Millions of people are expected to attend the mass later this month at which the two popes will be canonised.

# catholic-church - Monday 31 March, 2014

Priest cleared of sex assault allegations quits two weeks after return

Father Eugene Boland attended therapy to prepare him for his return to public ministry but his diocese said today it quickly became clear “he was not ready”.

# catholic-church - Saturday 15 March, 2014

Could Mona Lisa have been a feminist who wanted more women in the Church?

One amateur art historian believes he has the story behind that smile…

# catholic-church - Friday 14 March, 2014

Indian court convicts 3 over gang rape of Catholic nun

One of the accused was found guilty of rape while two others were convicted of “outraging the modesty of a woman”.

# catholic-church - Thursday 13 March, 2014

How would you rate Pope Francis’ first year in office?

The pontiff took up the role on this date last year.

# catholic-church - Sunday 2 March, 2014

Memorial event remembers women incarcerated in Magdalene laundries Catholic Church This post contains images

Memorial event remembers women incarcerated in Magdalene laundries

The event was held in Glasnevin Cemetery today.

# catholic-church - Thursday 27 February, 2014

Church’s teachings on marriage and family ‘disconnected from real life’

The Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin addressed a group of priests this evening having received the results of questionnaire distributed in his diocese.

# catholic-church - Monday 24 February, 2014

Priest says Iona Institute didn’t handle homophobia debate well

Fr Brendan Hoban said Iona’s ‘rush to the legal eagles’ was unwise.

# catholic-church - Sunday 9 February, 2014

Martin: There’s a danger marriage will lose originality if gay marriage allowed

Despite his own views, the Archbishop of Dublin said debates on issues like this should be carried out “in a mature way”.

# catholic-church - Wednesday 5 February, 2014

“Immediate State action” needed on Magdalene justice scheme

JFM Research made the call after the United Nations denounced the Catholic Church for allowing priests to rape children.

Vatican says it will protect children – but criticises UN for ‘interfering’

The Holy See said it sees some of the UN committee’s observations as interfering with its teaching.

United Nations denounces the Vatican for allowing priests to rape children

The UN demanded that the Vatican “immediately remove” all clergy who are known or suspected child abusers.

# catholic-church - Thursday 23 January, 2014

Pope Francis says the internet is a gift from God

However the Pope also warned internet users not to isolate themselves from society.

# catholic-church - Monday 20 January, 2014

Spain’s new cardinal says homosexuality is a ‘defect’

The 84-year-old has been criticised by gay rights groups for his comments.

# catholic-church - Friday 17 January, 2014

Former Pope Benedict defrocked nearly 400 priests in two years for child abuse

Statistics for 2011-12 show a dramatic increase over the 171 priests removed in 2008 and 2009.

# catholic-church - Wednesday 8 January, 2014

McAleese: Catholic Church ‘in denial over homosexuality for decades’

Her comments were welcomed by liberal Redemptorist priest Fr Tony Flannery.

# catholic-church - 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.

# catholic-church - Wednesday 18 December, 2013

Column: Have we become numb to the figures on clerical child abuse?

I am one of the fortunate survivors to have secured a criminal conviction against one of two Spiritan priests who sexually abused me. Last week’s national audits of the Catholic clergy show others are not so lucky, writes campaigner Mark Vincent Healy.

# catholic-church - Tuesday 10 December, 2013

Just 12 Christian Brothers convicted after 870 allegations

The NBSCCCI said the files they read left them in no doubt that a “great number of children were seriously abused by Brothers”.

Abuse victims’ group has “serious concerns” over safeguarding review

One in Four says that the legalistic nature of the Christian Brothers’ response to allegations of child sex abuse is in keeping with their clients’ experiences.

Cardinal Brady says he is ‘truly sorry’ to survivors

The Archbishop of Armagh was speaking after the National Board for Safeguarding Children in the Catholic Church published its review of practices in the archdiocese.

Safeguarding board has “no remit” to deal with abuse by Irish priests abroad

As further reviews of child protection measures across Catholic Church in Ireland published, “anomaly” emerges.


Accused ‘Kiltegan Fathers’ on African missions “afforded too much tolerance”

In one case, a priest believed to have abused at least 50 victims since 1966 did not leave the society until 2002.

Archbishop of Cashel and Emly praised for speedy reaction to abuse claims

However, the tone used to some complainants was “inconsistent” – some responses were compassionate and others were “sharp in tone”.

Diocese of Down and Connor met 46 of 48 child safety objectives

The second-largest diocese in the country has dealt with cases involving 14 living priests in recent years, dealing with each of them properly, a report by the Church’s child safety watchdog has found.

Catholic Church child welfare watchdog to publish audit results today

The largest audit of Church bodies to date will be published today, with Christian Brothers particularly under the microscope.

# catholic-church - 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.

# catholic-church - Monday 2 December, 2013

New graveyard rules ban food, drink and ‘inappropriate’ headstones

The parish priest in Buncrana will have final approval on headstones and there are strict guidelines for flowers and plants.

# catholic-church - Saturday 30 November, 2013

Vatican charity arm turning pope’s words into action

Discreet daily rounds of charity-giving based on letters sent to Pope Francis.

# catholic-church - Tuesday 26 November, 2013

How should the Pope do his job? He wants you to tell him

Pope Francis is looking for suggestions on how his role should change, and has called for powers to be taken away from the Vatican.

# catholic-church - Monday 4 November, 2013

The 9 at 9: Monday

Good morning. Here are the nine stories you need to know as you kick off your day.

Priest steps aside as “child safeguarding” complaint is investigated

A statement from the Bishop of Kilmore says that the complaint relates to events that happened “a considerable time ago”.

# catholic-church - Saturday 2 November, 2013

From The Daily Edge Catholic pamphlets from 1920s-50s advised on marriage, swearing and becoming a nun Vintage Values

Catholic pamphlets from 1920s-50s advised on marriage, swearing and becoming a nun

A large exhibition of early 20th century publications are going on display in Dublin.

# catholic-church - Tuesday 29 October, 2013

Murphy Report unfairly ‘named, blamed and shamed’ individuals says review

The review, commissioned by the Association for Catholic Priests, says that the Murphy report into child sexual abuse in Dublin “went well beyond its mandate”.

# catholic-church - Wednesday 23 October, 2013

Vatican suspends Germany’s ‘bling bishop’ over ostentatious lifestyle

The bishop flew to Rome last week with low-cost airline Ryanair to explain himself to Pope Francis after the cost of his extravagant new residence complex blew out to at least €31 million

# catholic-church - Thursday 17 October, 2013

‘Bling bishop’ could lose German church more of its flock

The Catholic Bishop of Limburg is generating critical headlines after blowing €31m on his new palace.

# catholic-church - Monday 14 October, 2013

FG TD who was told not to help with communion insists he’s ‘very much pro-life’

Derek Keating has been told not to fulfil his duties as a minister of the Eucharist at St Mary’s Parish in Lucan in the wake of his support for the Protection of Life during Pregnancy Bill last July.

# catholic-church - Thursday 10 October, 2013

Irish priest accused of child sex abuse in US

The allegations relate to 81-year-old Father Cornelius Kelleher’s time as a Catholic pastor in Minnesota between 1975 and 1986.

# catholic-church - Wednesday 9 October, 2013

Polish Catholic Church vows “zero tolerance” to paedophiles

The Church says that it will not make any compensation offer to those who were abused.

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