Vatican commission for the protection of minors member Marie Collins has criticised the Holy See administration for some frustrating decisions. File photograph: Matt Kavanagh

The Vatican’s commission for the protection of minors has issued a strongly worded statement emphasising that there is a “moral and ethical responsibi(...)

Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin said all allegations of clerical child sexual abuse in Ireland must be reported to gardaí. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

All allegations of clerical child sexual abuse on the island of Ireland must be reported to civil authorities, said Catholic Church representatives. (...)

The audits revealed discrepancies in the number of allegations of sexual, physical and emotional abuse made to two orders and those reported to gardaí. Photograph: Christian Hartmann/Reuters

More than 300 allegations of abuse were made against 141 priests or brothers relating to the period between 1941 and 2003, resulting in eight convicti(...)

Archbishop Diarmuid Martin said: “The failure of any single Church organisation to implement the common norms casts a shadow over the credibility of the entire safeguarding efforts of the Catholic Church.” File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

It was “appalling” that some major religious congregations had delayed in fully implementing the Irish Catholic Church’s child protection guidelines a(...)

Teresa Devlin CEO of the National Board for the Safeguarding  Children. File photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

The failure by some male religious congregations to comply with the Catholic Church’s own child protection guidelines has been criticised by the Ch(...)

Adults abuse children because they can. They believe their power over others means they will not be caught and punished. Photograph: Thinkstock

The conviction of Rolf Harris is a reminder that child abuse is an abuse of power. The crime persists because perpetrators are not challenged and d(...)

Bishop William Crean of Cloyne prepares to speak on the review of child safeguarding in the diocese by the National Board for the Safeguarding of Children in the Catholic Church in Ireland. Photograph: Michael Mac Sweeney/Provision

That no child safeguarding case management files existed in the Divine Word (SVD) Missionary congregation prior to 2013 was “of great concern and i(...)

The National Board for Safeguarding Children  has now reviewed child protection practices in all 26 Catholic dioceses in Ireland, as well as those of eight religious congregations and two missionary societies. Photograph: Christian Hartmann/Reuters

The number of clerical child abuse allegations of a physical, emotional or sexual nature received by the Catholic Church child protection watchdog - t(...)

Archbishop Diarmuid Martin at home in Drumcondra: “My living quarters are smaller than [the pope’s].” Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Not enough was done to help priests after the Murphy report into the handling of allegations of clerical child sex abuse was published in 2009,(...)

Bishop Noel Treanor: A statement from the bishops’ meeting made no reference to the dispute involving former board chief executive Ian Elliott and Bishop  Treanor of Down and Connor over the review of that diocese, published last December Photograph: McQuillan/ Pacemaker

The Catholic bishops have reaffirmed “their full commitment to the continuing implementation and development of best practice in rela(...)