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Wednesday 27 January, 2016

A clerical child abuse survivor’s experience of the movie Spotlight

“Spotlight is largely about journalists and journalism…”

Wednesday 16 December, 2015

Verdict for former priest who abused young boys comes with mixed feelings

Henry Moloney, a former Spiritan priest, has been sentenced to four years in prison, with the final year suspended, for the indecent assault of a schoolboy.

Tuesday 7 July, 2015

A year after my historic meeting with Pope Francis, progress in Rome has been achingly slow

During my audience with Pope Francis, I asked for support in providing services to survivors of clerical child sexual abuse and their families. I reissue that request to His Holiness one year on.

Monday 24 November, 2014

Opinion: Without meaningful action, apologies to child abuse survivors are just words

Ten months on from the European Court of Human Rights’ judgement in favour of Louise O’Keeffe, nothing had been forthcoming from the State for survivors.

Thursday 17 July, 2014

Opinion: I became the first male survivor of Irish clerical sexual abuse to meet Pope Francis

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.

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.

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.

Tuesday 10 September, 2013

Column: Survivors of abuse are re-traumatised by our unsympathetic, unethical legal system

Survivors of child sexual abuse seeking justice are not met with understanding or sympathy in Irish courts – rather they are attacked, derided and denied psychological support. This cannot be viewed as justice, writes Mark Vincent Healy.

Monday 9 September, 2013

Column: The risk of suicide among survivors of child sexual abuse needs to be measured

To give the survivors of horrific childhood abuse the support and care they need, we must properly understand the threat that suicide poses to victims, writes Mark Vincent Healy.

Wednesday 24 April, 2013

Catholic child abuse: 164 allegations against 85 priests have led to zero convictions

“I am one of the fortunate survivors to have succeeded in securing a criminal conviction against one of two Spiritan priests who sexually abused me,” writes campaigner Mark Vincent Healy.

Tuesday 2 October, 2012

Column: If clerical abuse was a car crash, we’d still be looking for the victims

The Catholic Church should be actively looking for victims of abuse and offering support, writes survivor Mark Vincent Healy.