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US army private  Bradley Manning departing the courthouse at Fort Meade, Maryland  last week.  Photograph:  Reuters/Gary Cameron

It was to Ireland ’s shame that we had not offered asylum to US whistleblowers Bradley Manning and Edward Snowden, the president of the Irish Campaign(...)

Garda handling of McCabe allegations ‘shocking’

The Murphy Report overall assessment of Garda involvement in the McCabe case, detailed in Chapter 20, is unequivocal.“The connivance by the Gardaí in (...)

The Murphy report said “the DPP’s office, in an internal memorandum, expressed the view that Fr Patrick McCabe should be prosecuted, were he available to be prosecuted”.

The rather odd role of the DDP’s office in the Fr Patrick McCabe case centres on the 1986 allegation involving abuse of a nine-year-old altar boy. Cha(...)

The bishops’ leaflet quotes at length from a sermon by papal nuncio Archbishop Charles Brown in Drogheda last Sunday. Photograph: Alan Betson

Prayers are to be offered in the cathedrals of Catholic diocese across the State this weekend in response to the Dáil’s passing of the Protection of L(...)

In 1988 Dublin’s Catholic bishops, and Archbishop-elect Desmond Connell, decided to unleash known paedophile Patrick McCabe on an unsuspecting California. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

You could say that chapter 20 is a 62-page distillation of all the horrors revealed in the Murphy report, in general.It illustrates vividly a world wh(...)

Murphy found that Dermot  Ryan, archbishop from 1972 to 1984 “protected Fr McCabe to an extraordinary extent; he ensured, as far as he could, that very few people knew about his activities”

Chapter 20 of the Murphy report, “encapsulates everything that was wrong with the [Dublin] archdiocesan handling of child sexual abuse cases,” it said(...)

 Cardinal Timothy Dolan:  The ‘New York Times’ editorial says –   “Newly released court documents make it clear that he sought and received fast approval from the Vatican to transfer the money just as the Wisconsin Supreme Court was about to open the door to damage suits by victims raped and abused as children by Roman Catholic clergy.” Photograph: Getty Images

A New York Times editorial has described as “shocking” revelations that the Cardinal Archbishop of New York, Timothy Dolan, while archbishop of Mil(...)

Archbishop Diarmuid Martin. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Figures released by Dublin’s Catholic archdiocese of its parishes at the weekend indicate an improvement in its finances for the year to the en(...)

A cross over  the village of Aughrim, Co Wicklow. Photograph:   Jack McManus

Earlier this year in “An Irishman’s Diary”, Patsy McGarry wrote of a falling out between his late friend and himself over the existence of God,(...)

White smoke rises from the chimney above the Sistine Chapel in the Vatican last night, indicating a new pope has been elected. Photograph: Tony Gentile/Reuters

The tasks facing Pope Francis I are truly enormous and, while just about everyone wishes him well, you do have to wonder how a man of 76 will b(...)

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