The UN watchdog for children’s rights said the Holy See should hand over its archives on sexual abuse so that culprits, as well as “those who concealed their crimes”, could be held accountable.  Photograph: Tony Gentile/Reuters

The Holy See’s handling of the clerical sex abuse crisis that has rocked the Catholic Church for much of the last 20 years has come in for unprecedent(...)

A spokeswoman for Minister for Children Frances Fitzgerald said the issue of the State signing the new protocol was under discussion

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