Abuse in the Catholic Church

Abuse in the Catholic Church

Letter: Abuse is offensive in any shape or form

YOUR report, "Pope e-mail row referee chief settles out of court" (26 July), includes a quote from the director of Scotland's Catholic media office, Peter Kearney, saying the e-mail showing a road sign of an adult leading a child with the caption: "The Pope is coming" was "deeply offensive to the Catholic community of Scotland, and an incitement to anti-Catholic sectarianism".

Relations hit new low as the Vatican recalls envoy in Irish child abuse row

Relations between the Vatican and Ireland plunged to a new low yesterday following the country's recent sex abuse scandal, after the Papal Nuncio was dramatically recalled to Rome.

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Analysis: Catholic Church's power over the state has been broken

In 1950, Ireland's then minister for health, Dr Noel Browne, announced his intention to radically reform the former Free State's ailing health service. For the first time, maternity care for all mothers and healthcare for all children up to the age of 16 would be delivered free of charge.

Vatican silent as PM's attack on clerical abuse is praised

THE once-solid relationship between the Irish state and the Vatican was rocked yesterday as the Republic absorbed the shockwaves of an unprecedented attack on the Holy See's response to child sex abuse cases by Prime Minister Enda Kenny.

Priests face prosecution if they don't tell about crimes confessed to them

Ireland's prime minister has warned Catholic clerics will be prosecuted if they failed to tell the authorities about crimes disclosed during confession.

Senior clerics covered up sex abuse, Ireland told

THE hierarchy of the Catholic Church in Ireland continued to conceal the sexual abuse of children by priests even after it introduced rules in the mid-1990s to protect minors, a new government report has found.

Critics slam new Vatican guidelines on sex abuse cases

Support groups for victims of paedophile priests have dismissed new guidelines issued by the Vatican in dealing with the problem, as a fresh case rocked the Catholic Church in Italy.

Priests suspended in sex abuse claims

A ROMAN Catholic diocese in western Switzerland has suspended two priests after allegations they sexually abused minors.

Austria: Catholics leaving Church 'over abuse'

More Roman Catholics left the Church in Austria last year than at any time since 1945, Church officials announced yesterday, linking the trend to disgust over recent cases of sexual abuse of minors by the clergy.

Priest up for Nobel nomination admits he sexually abused child

A BELGIAN priest has confessed to a child sex-abuse accusation that came to light during a campaign to nominate him for the Nobel Peace Prize for his work fighting globalisation's impact on developing countries.

Holland: Complaints of child abuse up 100-fold

The head of a Dutch inquiry into child abuse in the Catholic church school system yesterday said yearly complaints were up 100-fold since allegations emerged of worldwide abuse.

Papers show future Pope Benedict tried to crackdown on sex abuse priests

The Vatican has released documents showing Pope Benedict XVI sought as early as 1988 to find quicker ways to permanently remove priests who sexually abused children.

Plea for state probe into scandal of Magdalene laundries

Ireland's human rights tsar has appealed to the government to investigate the systematic abuse of women and girls in prison-style Catholic laundries - which featured in the 2002 film The Magdalene Sisters.

Spokesman for controversial Belgian Catholic leader quits

The spokesman for Belgium's Roman Catholic leader has quit, saying he could no longer work for the archbishop who has caused a storm with harsh comments on people with Aids and caring words for some paedophile priests.

Pope apologises to 'innocent victims of unspeakable crimes'

POPE Benedict XVI today apologised for the "unspeakable crimes" committed by Catholic priests who sexually abused children.

Belgian Church admits years of sexual abuse by its clergy

THE Belgian Roman Catholic Church yesterday acknowledged widespread sexual abuse over years by its clergy and pleaded for time to set a system to punish all abusers and provide closure for victims.

'Sex abuse and female priests not equal crime'

The Vatican has been forced to deny that it views the ordination of women as priests and the sexual abuse of minors by clerics as equally criminal.

Vatican issues tougher rules to punish priests guilty of sex abuse

ANNOUNCING sweeping revisions to its laws on sexual abuse, the Vatican is to double the statute of limitations for disciplinary action against priests and extend the use of fast-track procedures to defrock them.

Abuse investigation panel folds after raid by police

A PANEL appointed by the Catholic Church to investigate clerical sex abuse in Belgium is shutting down after police seized all its files during a raid last week, the group's chairman has said.

Church leader ought to resign, poll finds

A NEWSPAPER poll has found 76 per cent of Irish people want the Catholic Church's leader in Ireland, Cardinal Sean Brady, to resign because he helped to shield a child-abusing priest from the law.

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