Former president of Ireland Mary McAleese speaks in DCU at the book launch of the book The Pope Francis Agenda by Donal Dorr. Photograph: James Forde/ The Irish Times.

The abuse scandals in the Catholic Church were now entering “an even more disrupting chapter,” former president Mary McAleese has said. She quoted ve(...)

US Cardinal Theodore McCarrick  was accused of sexually abusing a teenager nearly five decades ago during his time as a priest in the Archdiocese of New York. File photograph: Danilo Schiavella/EPA.

Pope Francis on Saturday accepted the resignation of Theodore McCarrick, the former archbishop of Washington DC and one of the US Catholic Church’s mo(...)

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