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Sunday 3 December 2023 Dublin: 4°C

# Clerical Child Abuse

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US clergy tell Pope Francis that the American church is 'lacerated by the evil of sexual abuse'
The meeting was called amid a crisis of confidence in church leadership following sex abuse and cover-up revelations.
At least 231 children abused at Catholic boys' choir run by Pope Benedict's brother
George Ratzinger, Benedict’s older brother, ran the famous Regensburg choir from 1964 to 1994.
Bishop apologises for alleged child abuse by former parish priest
Bishop Francis Duffy said the alleged crimes of Fr Brendan Hynds were “appalling.”
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.
Child abuse helpline sees large increase in calls
Some callers said they had harmed themselves, while others reported eating disorders and relationship difficulties.
One in every 14 Dublin priests accused of child abuse
New figures show details of accusations against ten serial abusers in the diocese – one of whom had 97 allegations against him.
Diarmuid Martin calls for independent inquiry into Brendan Smyth abuse
The Archbishop of Dublin said an international investigation of the actions of both Church and State was needed to reveal the “full story”.
Fergus Finlay reveals personal experience of child abuse
The Barnardos chief executive said he was sexually assaulted at the age of 11.
Church 'at breaking point' over child abuse scandal - Diarmuid Martin
The Archbishop of Dublin has rejected suggestions that the abuse scandal is over.
Catholic Church rejects claims 'very few' abuse victims received support
Church authorities highlighted counselling services, public apologies and compensation paid after victims came forward.
People 'should be grateful to Pope for handling abuse scandal' - cardinal
Cardinal William Levada told a Vatican conference on healing that the pontiff “has had to suffer attacks by the media”.
Pope must ask forgiveness from abuse victims, says survivor Marie Collins
Collins is due to speak at a Vatican conference on ‘Healing and Renewal’ in Rome next week.
Column: ‘For abuse victims like me, Mary helped expose the truth’
Clerical abuse victim Andrew Madden tells about his memories of journalist Mary Raftery – and how she exposed a corrupt system.
Controversy over priest at centre of child abuse claims
The bishop of Kilmore diocese has issued a statement saying that the priest voluntarily agreed to step aside.
More clerical child abuse investigations may be needed - minister
Children’s minister Frances Fitzgerald said the government would take expense into account when considering whether to commission further probes.
RTÉ apology to priest in High Court "a wake-up call"
Association of Catholic Priests founder calls Prime Time Investigates accusations against Fr Kevin Reynolds “vile and appalling” as RTÉ apologises and pays undisclosed damages.
Bishop charged for not reporting child images on priest's laptop
Kansas bishop Robert Finn knew of suspicions around priest Shawn Ratigan, but did not report them, prosecutors say.
Column: We know the horrific details of clerical abuse - but do we understand why it flourished?
Amnesty International Ireland director Colm O’Gorman explains the responsibility we all have to create a society where abuse can’t exist on an industrial scale, as detailed in the ‘In Plain Sight’ report.
No exceptions for priests in child abuse legislation
Catholic confession will not get special treatment in new laws over reporting child abuse, the government has confirmed.
Column: ‘We are standing with people who have been let down by the Church’
A group of Irish priests is doing penance in solidarity with victims of child abuse. Fr Shane Crombie explains their hopes.
LIVE: Dáil Éireann discusses the findings of the Cloyne Report
Watch live footage from the Dáil as it debates an all-party motion, condemning the Vatican for its role in Cloyne.
Vatican official dismisses Cloyne report criticisms
Fr Federico Lombardi has described as ‘curious’ claims that the Vatican had encouraged cover-ups – sparking fury from abuse survivors’ groups.
Column: We must stop the reports on clerical child abuse.. and spend that money on survivors
We know children were molested and raped and we know the Church protected the evil abusers, writes Evin Daly, CEO of One Child International. What those victims need now is support and funding, not more reports.
Cloyne report to be published later today
The long-awaited report will be published at 3pm today.