Cardinal Seán Brady told the Historical Institutional Abuse inquiry the scandal of Brendan Smyth’s paedophilia was “kept a secret – very, very secret”. Photograph: Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker

Retired Catholic primate Cardinal Seán Brady has said he was “truly sorry” for the “totally inadequate and ineffective” manner in which the church dea(...)

Bishop Christopher Jones and Fr Timothy Bartlett representing the Catholic Church at the  Oireachtas Committee on Health and Children last January. Bishop Jones described the 1992 Supreme Court judgment on the X case as “morally unacceptable”. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

So the Catholic bishops have spoken on the heads of the Protection of Life during Pregnancy Bill 2013, published by the Government last week. S(...)