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# Clerical Sex Abuse

Last year
# archbishop of Munich
Ex-pope Benedict XVI asks for forgiveness over sex abuse scandal
The 94-year-old expressed his “shame, and deep sorrow” in a letter published by the Vatican
All time
# Francis
The Vatican is hosting a major summit on its response to child abuse, but what does it hope to achieve?
The meeting takes place from 21-24 February.
# Clerical Sex Abuse
Catholic Church in Germany 'ashamed' after report highlights scale of sexual abuse and cover up
Over 3,600 children were abused over the course of seven decades, the report found.
# New York
Vatican's sex-crimes expert to interview Chilean abuse victim in person
Archbishop Charles Scicluna called Juan Carlos Cruz yesterday “on behalf of the pope” to arrange a face-to-face interview.
# Clerical Child Abuse
Bishop apologises for alleged child abuse by former parish priest
Bishop Francis Duffy said the alleged crimes of Fr Brendan Hynds were “appalling.”
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.
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.
# Healing
Martin: 'Crisis of the sexual abuse of children in the church not a chapter of the past'
The Archbishop said that the Catholic Church must “do more” to help victims of abuse.
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.
# Sex Abuse
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
Pope urges Church to 'act with determination in cases of sexual abuse'
The Vatican continues to receive around 600 claims against abusive priests ever year. Today’s comments from Pope Francis were his first on the clerical sex abuse scandal since succeeding Pope Benedict last month.
# Vatican
Pope fires Slovak bishop in rare show of authority
Pope Benedict XVI has become increasingly willing to forcibly remove bishops who refuse to step down.
# Papal Visit
Is the Pope coming to Ireland?
The Catholic Communications Office says there’s “no concrete information” about a rumoured visit in 2013.
# Child Abuse
Child abuse helpline sees large increase in calls
Some callers said they had harmed themselves, while others reported eating disorders and relationship difficulties.
# Catholic Church
PSNI says abuse allegations in BBC programme did not happen in North
BBC’s This World programme alleged that Cardinal Sean Brady had failed to protect children from abuse.
# Brendan Boland
Brendan Boland: My healing won't begin until Brady resigns
But the clerical abuse survivor welcomed yesterday’s public apology from the Primate of All Ireland.
Column: Being held to accountability is not persecution, Cardinal Brady
One’s civic duties are not the same as one’s self-imposed religious obligations, writes columnist Lisa McInerney – nor are they superseded by them.
# Cardinal Brady
Tánaiste suggests Cardinal Brady should "not hold a position of authority"
Eamon Gilmore said it was his personal view that anyone who did not deal with the scale of the abuse outlined in a BBC documentary this week should not be in a position of authority.
# Catholic Church
Cardinal Brady faces new claims over role in sex abuse inquiry
Abuse allegations made by a 14-year-old boy were mishandled by the current head of the Catholic Church back in the 1970s with result that other boys were abused, a BBC documentary disclosed.
# Apostolic Visitation
Clerical abuse survivors asked: Has the Church supported you?
Support and advocacy group asks for survivors to complete questionnaire to build picture of official response to abuse claims.
# Apostolic Visitation
Visitation criticised for not addressing Vatican role in abuse cover-ups
Support groups and abuse survivors are disappointed with a six-and-a-half page document which “doesn’t say much at all”.
# Catholic Church
Church 'at breaking point' over child abuse scandal - Diarmuid Martin
The Archbishop of Dublin has rejected suggestions that the abuse scandal is over.
# Child Abuse
Catholic Church rejects claims 'very few' abuse victims received support
Church authorities highlighted counselling services, public apologies and compensation paid after victims came forward.
# Child Abuse
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”.
# Sex Abuse
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.
# Clerical Sex Abuse
Diarmuid Martin speaks of anger over clerical child abuse
The Archbishop of Dublin also said he felt isolated over his handling of the abuse scandal, but added: “I make mistakes like anybody else”.
# Clerical Abuse
Abuse victim calls for Brady apology as lawsuits against Cardinal emerge
Brendan Boland has called for an apology from Cardinal Sean Brady in the wake of settlement reached this week over the Bishop of Armagh’s handling of allegations of abuse by Fr Brendan Smyth.
# Catholic Church
Dioceses reports criticise inadequate response to abuse allegations
As well as Raphoe, the National Board for Safeguarding Children in the Catholic Chuch has published reports into five other dioceses across the island of Ireland.
# Courts
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.
# Cloyne
Vatican rejects Taoiseach's criticism over Cloyne sex abuse report
The Vatican has issued its response to the Cloyne report saying it is “sorry and ashamed” for the suffering of victims and their families.
# Confession
Shatter insists mandatory reporting will apply to priests despite Cardinal's comments
Cardinal Seán Brady has said that the seal of the confession is inviolable and that any attempt to undermine it is a challenge to the right of Catholics to freedom of religion.
# Clerical Sex Abuse
Bishop Magee breaks silence over Cloyne abuse
Dr John Magee has apologised to child abuse victims, and said he “let down” other priests by going into hiding.
# Child Abuse
Cloyne priests to meet... as hundreds more abuse cases set to emerge
A new report on the Donegal diocese of Raphoe is expected to reveal many more assaults on children by priests.
# Reek Sunday
Archbishop: Clerics hurt too by the Church's mishandling of abuse claims
The Archbishop of Tuam, Michael Neary, addresses pilgrims on top of Croagh Patrick as part of “spiritual” Reek Sunday in Mayo.
# Catholic Church
Philadelphia monsignor to stand trial alongside priests accused of rape
The monsignor is the only US church official ever charged with transferring paedophile priests to unsuspecting parishes.
Column: You, Me and the Holy See
Lisa McInerney on the “sickly, complicated” relationship Ireland has with Catholicism: “It’s completely wrong for Irish Catholics to demand the State be run to their spiritual stipulations.
# Ryan Report
Will religious congregations attend key meeting with Ruairí Quinn?
How much compensation the Church pays to victims of abuse in residential institutions is up for discussion.
# Your Say
Poll: Will Enda Kenny's speech change relations between Church and State?
Is the Taoiseach’s damning criticism of the Vatican a genuine turning point, or another false dawn?
# Cloyne
Kenny condemns the 'dysfunction and disconnection' of the Catholic Church
Enda Kenny told the Dáil that the Cloyne Report has exposed the Vatican’s “dysfunction, disconnection and elitism”; meanwhile, there have been further calls for the Papal Nucnio to be expelled from Ireland.