Abuse in the Catholic Church
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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.
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.
Ireland's prime minister has warned Catholic clerics will be prosecuted if they failed to tell the authorities about crimes disclosed during confession.
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.
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.
A ROMAN Catholic diocese in western Switzerland has suspended two priests after allegations they sexually abused minors.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 Benedict XVI today apologised for the "unspeakable crimes" committed by Catholic priests who sexually abused children.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.