In Pennsylvania, church figures suggested the use of euphemisms – to never say “rape” but instead say “inappropriate contact” or “boundary issues”. Photograph: Sam Hodgson/The New York Times

Reading the Pennsylvanian grand jury report is an encounter with the dark side of humanity. We are all too familiar with the Murphy, Ryan (2009) and C(...)

Attendees at the World Meeting of Families listening to Pope Francis speaking via video in the RDS Dublin on Tuesday night. Photograph: John McElroy

Thousands of people are expected to attend the World Meeting of Familes which starts in Dublin on Wednesday and culminates in an open-air mass celebra(...)

Archbishop Diarmuid Martin said he hoped Pope Francis would ‘speak frankly about our past but also about our future’. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

The Vatican Commission for the Protection of Minors is too small and not robust enough, Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin has said. The commissio(...)

Pope Francis: For now,  he’s saying nothing. Meanwhile his brother bishops flounder in strange waters. Photograph: AP Photo/Andrew Medichini

It was the late Brian Friel who coined the phrase “confusion is not an ignoble condition”. Not many senior prelates in the Catholic Church might agre(...)