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Archbishop Diarmuid Martin: “We had five new complaints alone in July about abuse by already-known Dublin diocesan priests, as compared with nine for all of 2017.” Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

The Catholic Church in Dublin received five new clerical abuse complaints in July compared to nine in all of last year, Archbishop Diarmuid Martin has(...)

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(...)

Pope Francis during his visit to Dublin last Saturday. The group expected a half an hour maximum, but the pope heard them out for an hour and a half. Photograph: Gonzalo Fuentes/Reuters

The most extraordinary meeting in the long history of the Catholic Church in Ireland was a hastily arranged affair. Eight survivors of clerical abuse(...)

Bishop of Kilmore Leo O’Reilly. File photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times.

An Irish Catholic bishop has said he hopes Pope Francis introduces structures of accountability at the Vatican which “ensure that child safeguarding w(...)

Clerical abuse survivor Marie Collins, a former member of the Pontifical Commission for Protection of Minors, met Pope Francis on Saturday along with other surviours of clerical abuse. Photograph: AFP

Pope Francis referred to those who cover up child abuse in the Catholic Church as “caca” – the Spanish word which the official translator interpreted (...)

  Pope Francis is greeted on arrival at Dublin Castle by the Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar. Photograph: Julien Behal

The time has come to build a “new” and “more mature” relationship between the Catholic Church and the Irish State - “a new covenant for the 21st centu(...)

The word ‘truth is projected on the GPO in Dublin  as part of a protest ahead of the visit by Pope Francis. Photograph: Reuters/Hannah McKay

One of a number of protests against clerical child sexual abuse took place near Dublin Castle on Saturday morning. The protest was organised by Marga(...)

Preparations are made at the Phoenix Park in Dublin ahead of Pope Francis’s visit to Ireland. Photograph: Danny Lawson/PA Wire

More than 600,000 people are expected to turn out in Dublin and Knock this weekend to see Pope Francis during his visit to Ireland, the first by a pon(...)

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(...)

In 2011, Ian Elliott and his team began reviews of child safeguarding in all Ireland’s 26 Catholic dioceses and at all of its religious congregations. File photograph Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times.

The Vatican could learn from how the Irish Catholic Church has addressed the clerical child sex abuse issue in parishes, dioceses and religious congre(...)

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