Bernard Law

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November 2004: Pope John Paul II meets former minister for foreign affairs Dermot Ahern, in his private library at the Vatican.  Photograph: Giampiero Sposito/AP Photo

The year 2004 was a significant one in the long, tortured annals of the clerical child sex-abuse scandal in Ireland. Particularly significant was the (...)

The ‘Boston Globe’ reported that Cardinal Bernard Law (above) and two of his predecessors transferred former priest John Geoghan  despite knowing he abused children. Photograph: Reuters

Cardinal Bernard Law, the disgraced former archbishop of Boston whose failures to stop child abusers in the priesthood sparked what would become the (...)

In the spotlight: Michael Keaton, Liev Schreiber (as Marty Baron), Mark Ruffalo, Rachel McAdams, John Slattery and Brian d’Arcy James in Tom McCarthy’s film. Photograph: Kerry Hayes/Open Road Films

Shortly after the Boston Globe began to break stories about sexual abuse by priests and the decades-long cover-up by the Catholic Church, in 2002, th(...)

Investigative reporter from the ‘Boston Globe’ Spotlight Team Michael Rezendes and actor Mark Ruffalo attend the Boston premiere of ‘Spotlight’. Photograph: Paul Marotta/Getty Images for Open Road

I got to an early screening of the new film Spotlight before Christmas. It was a fascinating and dramatic film, although it was disturbing on many lev(...)

Joe Crowley (right) a survivor of clerical abuse, and Michael Cyril Creighton, the actor who portrays him in ‘Spotlight’.

The idea of journalism being cinematic is counterintuitive. Rather than being visually appealing, the craft of journalism is more in keeping with Bism(...)

Former  president Mary McAleese: “The church is not terribly happy with criticism”

Speaking in Sydney yesterday, former president Mary McAleese argued for a greatly increased role for women in the Catholic Church, saying: “The old bo(...)

Pope Francis has named eight people, including Irish abuse survivor Marie Collins, to a  group to help the Catholic Church fight the clerical sexual abuse of minors.  Photograph: Reuters

In appointing four women, five lay people and three anglophones to the Vatican’s new Pontifical Council For The Protection Of Minors yesterday (...)

 Cardinal Bernard Law.

The former Cardinal Archbishop of Boston Bernard Law, who resigned from the post in 2002 amid allegations of cover-up in the handling of cleric(...)