US cardinal Seán O’Malley (left) president of  Vatican’s Commission for the Protection of Minors is encouraging bishops, priests and religious superiors to be in contact with sex abuse victims.  Photograph: Henry Wills

Two of America’s leading Catholic child protection advocates have strongly opposed suggestions by the church that care of laicised priests convicted (...)

It has been a good week for survivors of clerical child sex abuse in the Catholic Church. The success of the film Spotlight in winning the Oscar for b(...)

Vatican commission for the protection of minors member Marie Collins has criticised the Holy See administration for some frustrating decisions. File photograph: Matt Kavanagh

The Vatican’s commission for the protection of minors has issued a strongly worded statement emphasising that there is a “moral and ethical responsibi(...)

A feature of the clerical child abuse scandals that emerged in Ireland over recent decades has been the central role women played in bringing them to (...)

Marie Collins: “The fact that criminal child abusers were being protected by their superiors needed to be known if it was to be stopped.” Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Marie Collins is tired, not surprisingly. Dealing with the grinding, mechanical mindset she has encountered again and again at senior levels in the C(...)

Fr John Gallagher began canon law proceedings last summer.

The Catholic diocese of Palm Beach in Florida was not informed that a priest convicted there last year on charges related to child abuse had a similar(...)

Fr John Gallagher (48), who is from Strabane, Co Tyrone,  has been ministering in Florida since 2000.

An Irish Catholic priest has been singled out for praise in a letter sent to the Vatican by US police officers who investigated a clerical child abuse(...)

Fr John Gallagher said contact with the Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin about the case had been unsatisfactory. Photograph: Collins

An Irish priest who has been serving in Florida since 2000 claims he has been ostracised by the church for reporting abuse-related activities of a fel(...)

Marie Collins, a member of the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors said it “still was very upsetting that anyone would attempt to interfere in the way the commission works”. File photograph: Alessandro Bianchi/Reuters

Dublin abuse survivor Marie Collins has said she is satisfied that attempts by Chilean Catholic Church leaders to prevent another survivor becoming a (...)

The announcement by the Vatican that it is to set up a tribunal to hold bishops to account where they fail to protect children and vulnerable adults f(...)

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