# catholic-church - Friday 26 September, 2014
The bishop is the second the Pope has removed from office.
The private lives of teachers and health workers should never be used against them, writes Senator Ivana Bacik.
# catholic-church - Thursday 18 September, 2014
Martin Sixsmith travels to Ireland and America to reveal the moving stories of parents and children.
# catholic-church - Monday 8 September, 2014
The Primate of All Ireland retired on age grounds when he turned 75.
# catholic-church - Friday 22 August, 2014
Vatican official uses trucking company to explain why Church is not responsible for child abuse by priests
Survivors have said that he is making excuses for “inexcusable behaviour”.
# catholic-church - Thursday 21 August, 2014
“I threw myself to my knees…a hundred thousands thanks to God”
# catholic-church - Friday 15 August, 2014
The offer of resignation, in line with Canon Law, must be approved by the Pope.
# catholic-church - Thursday 14 August, 2014
Knock Knock, who’s there? 150,000 people…
# catholic-church - Wednesday 23 July, 2014
Twice a day, we should all stop and listen to those bells. Let them serve as a reminder of what happens when we outsource our thinking to anyone else.
# catholic-church - Thursday 17 July, 2014
There are serious concerns about the forthcoming mother-and-baby home inquiry; there is no international judge and a glaring lack of public debate.
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.
# catholic-church - Sunday 13 July, 2014
Francis also condemned child sex abuse as a “leprosy” in the Church.
# catholic-church - Tuesday 8 July, 2014
I shudder to imagine what those mothers and their beautiful babies went through. But we need to ask the difficult question: is this the correct use of funds that children living today so badly need?
# catholic-church - Monday 7 July, 2014
The Archbishop said that the Catholic Church must “do more” to help victims of abuse.
# catholic-church - Saturday 5 July, 2014
In Dublin diocese there are now just two priests under the age of 40.
# catholic-church - Sunday 29 June, 2014
The history of Ireland’s legal adoption battle is fraught with examples of church-state collusion, even after 1952 when legislation for it was finally enacted in Ireland.
# catholic-church - Saturday 14 June, 2014
Interestingly, in all the coverage about mother-and-baby homes over the past few weeks, the role of the fathers hasn’t been addressed to any extent.
# catholic-church - Friday 13 June, 2014
Opinion: It is a bittersweet time for victims of institutional abuse – the least we can do is listen
Victims of mother-and-baby homes as well as the Bethany Homes must finally have their voices heard.
History will judge us every bit as harshly as we are now judging the society which condemned women and children to mother-and-baby homes.
In the court’s view, it was not unreasonable for the Church to expect particular loyalty of religious education teachers.
# catholic-church - Tuesday 10 June, 2014
They encouraged all those who ran these homes to gather and offer up any documents that might be of assistance.
# catholic-church - Sunday 8 June, 2014
Diarmuid Martin said that any investigation needs to ensure that the culture that existed in past has been stamped out.
Opinion: Horror doesn’t belong to the past, Ireland’s most vulnerable are still marginalised and neglected
These are the unpalatable facts: we are living at a time of growing homelessness and food poverty, and we allow vulnerable children to socially excluded, neglected and ignored.
# catholic-church - Saturday 7 June, 2014
For Irish people who lived through these times to claim no knowledge of what went on in places like Tuam is disingenuous – and smacks of “I was only following orders”.
# catholic-church - Thursday 5 June, 2014
The misogynistic meddling of the Catholic church in affairs of this young state was detrimental to the blossoming of a whole, enlightened and fulfilled society – and nobody bore the brunt of that more than vulnerable women and their babies.
# catholic-church - Wednesday 4 June, 2014
The issue has come to light as a result of research which found death records for 796 infants in an unmarked grave beside a children’s home.
# catholic-church - Tuesday 3 June, 2014
Fr Seamus McEntee, who is 48 ,was ordained by Archbishop Diarmuid Martin today.
# catholic-church - Saturday 31 May, 2014
The bodies of 800 “illegitimate” children, ranging in age from nine years to two days, have been uncovered in Tuam. But do people care any more now than they did then?
Column: How the Catholic Church and the media thought Satanic cults were a real danger to young people in the 1980s
If reports were to be believed, the Ouija Board rivalled the Game Boy in the popularity stakes with young people in Ireland in the 1980s and 1990s.
# catholic-church - Monday 26 May, 2014
The Pope’s note was different to that left by Pope John Paul II over a decade ago.
# catholic-church - Saturday 17 May, 2014
Let me warn you now about those who may try to get you spending against your will – and help you to defend yourself.
# catholic-church - Friday 16 May, 2014
Bishop says there can be over-reliance on Churches to provide when people are failed by social policy
He also said that families should not have to rely on charity to feed themselves.
# catholic-church - Monday 12 May, 2014
Counselling services are available to support people impacted by today’s child protection reports.
However, in one previous case, the diocese took 18 months before making formal contact with the HSE over a case of abuse.
Specialist assessments of this priest in 1985, 1997 and 2004 were not kept on file by the Society of the Divine Word.
The Diocese was told an overarching child safeguarding plan should be drawn up and published.
The latest review commends the roles of Priest Support Co-ordinator and Priest Delegate – both roles being unique to the Dublin Diocese.
# catholic-church - Friday 2 May, 2014
Most of these allegations related to abuse in the 60s, 70s and 80s.
# catholic-church - Tuesday 29 April, 2014
The most sacred thing in any civilised society should be the protection of children.