On Sunday, Pope Francis called for the eradication of child sex abuse “from the face of the earth”, saying “behind this there is Satan.” Yet concrete measures he called for to combat it have amounted to relatively little. Photograph:  Handout/AFP/Getty Images

It was that other Pope, 18th century English poet Alexander Pope, who said: “words are like leaves; and where they most abound, much fruit of sense be(...)

Pope Francis greets clergymen at the opening of a global child protection summit. Photograph: Vicenzo Pinto/AFP

Catholic Church leaders from around the world have heard an African woman describe being abused from the age of 15 for 13 years by a priest, who she s(...)

Victims advocate Marie Collins (right) with Prof Gabriel Dy-Liacco of the  pontifical commission for the protection of minors (left) at  the World Meeting of Families at the RDS in Dublin last week. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

With a few exceptions, Christianity is slowly dying in the developed world. There are lots of reasons but the failure by the Catholic Church worldwide(...)

 Cardinal Angelo Sodano. Photograph: Reuters/Tony Gentile

Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin has said he has no further information on contacts between the Vatican and then president Mary McAleese and then (...)

 Cardinal Kevin Farrell, from Drimnagh in Dublin, speaking in 2017 at the  Dublin  conference – hosted by Archbishop Diarmuid Martin –  in preparation for this month’s World Meeting of Families. Photograph: John Mc Elroy

A group representing clerical child sex survivors worldwide has written an open letter to Catholic Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin seeking the re(...)

In Ireland later this month, Pope Francis might explain how, at last, the Vatican plans to get its house in order on the sexual abuse issue. Photograph: Filippo Monteforte/AFP/Getty Images

It is frequently the case that, though something is strongly suspected to be true, it comes as a shock when it is finally confirmed. Such happened thi(...)

In general the Tusla audit found that the congregations had made substantial improvements in adhering to and implementing child abuse management guidelines.  Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Sixteen out of 135 Catholic congregations in Ireland had “unsatisfactory” child protection procedures in place to the end of 2015, according to an aud(...)

Pope Francis and  Cardinal Kevin Farrell. Photograph: diocese of Dallas

Cardinal Kevin Farrell (70) is the most senior Irishman at the Vatican and one of two brothers serving there. His older brother Bishop Brian Farrell (...)

 Marcial Maciel Degollado  is embraced by Pope John Paul II in a ceremony on January 3th, 1991, marking the 50th anniversary of the Legionaries of Christ. Photograph: Getty Images

An Irish priest played a key role in offshore structures holding substantial assets belonging to the wealthy but secretive Catholic order the Legionar(...)

Pope Francis greets Monsignor Joseph William Tobin, one of the   17 new cardinals named by him. Photograph: Gregorio Borgia/AP Photo

Pope Francis announced yesterday that he would be appointing 17 new cardinals, including Irishman Kevin Farrell, at a consistory in Rome next month. &(...)

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