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Commission

The Bill will remove the obligation on the Commission?s Investigation Committee to hold a full hearing into each and every allegation of abuse referred to it, as the Committee considers this is unnecessary for the purposes of its inquiry and...
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BRUTALITY IN LETTERFRACK

A Chara, - Mary Raftery recently likened the dreadful experience of Peter Tyrell to that of Primo Levi (Opinion, October 19th). After hearing extracts from Tyrell's book on the radio the other night, I was struck by the aptness...
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"The Good Ship Lollipop, lots of dosh for everyone"!!

Bertie Aherne, TD, Taoiseach Pat Rabbitte, TD Gentlemen Regarding your current dispute in the Dail you may be interested in the attached article by the English cultural historian Richard Webster concerning the compensation scheme which is now likely to cost...
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Sex Abuse Suit against Vatican.

After reading the newspaper article ?Pope tells bishop of ?horror? at sex abuse in Ferns? by Patsy McGarry, in The Irish Times dated 27th October 2006. We wish to make it clear that ?Isn?t this the same man, who...
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Pope tells Bishops to follow new rules

Monday October 30th 2006 THE POPE has given the Irish bishops the official go-ahead to comply with the Government's implementation of rigorous child protection procedures recommended in the Ferns Report into clerical sex abuse. Pope Benedict instructed the bishops...
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Most bishops showing little interest in healing wounds

30/10/2006 Rite and Reason: It is hard to escape the conclusion that the Catholic bishops' 2005 'Towards Healing' document, on assisting victims of clerical child sex abuse, was anything more than a PR exercise, writes Se?n ? Conaill. 'Contemporary...
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Bishops had 'open, encouraging meeting' on child sex abuse issue

Patsy McGarry 30/10/2006 At the press conference in Rome's Irish College, after the bishops' general audience with the pope last Saturday, the Bishop of Meath, Dr Michael Smith, said the fullest discussion on the clerical child sex abuse issue...
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Church dig-out a slap in faces of abused

GLIN INDUSTRIAL SCHOOL Sunday October 29th 2006 IT HAS become increasingly difficult to sustain any kind of argument in favour of the "secret deal" negotiated by Michael Woods with the Catholic Church in the summer of 2002. Details of...
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Social issues remain top of agenda

29 October 2006 Abortion, divorce, contraception, stem-cell research, euthanasia and same-sex partnerships are among the social issues that occupied the bishops in their discussions with Vatican officials this weekend. The failure of the Irish bishops to secure a yes...
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Crisis over collapse of religious practice

29 October 2006 Archbishop Diarmuid Martin of Dublin stunned many Catholics last year when he said in an interview with The Sunday Business Post that Mass attendance had dropped to 1 per cent in parts of his diocese. Archbishop...
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The disgraceful deal with religious orders

29 October 2006 Today?s tracking poll results bring unwelcome news for the Labour leader Pat Rabbitte, but he continues to do an important public service by refusing to let the public or the government forget the consequences of the...
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Pope visit to Ireland now unlikely

29 October 2006 By Kieron Wood Pope Benedict is likely to turn down the Catholic bishops? invitation to visit Ireland, following an unprecedented breach of protocol by an Irish bishop in Rome. Ireland?s Catholic bishops have been in Rome...
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Kennedy clan priest who faced blackmail ordeal still on leave

Sunday October 29th 2006 MAEVE SHEEHAN THE controversial priest who emerged as the victim of a malicious blackmail attempt last week, is on "administrative leave" from his parish, after defying his bishop. Fr Michael Kennedy, who is related to the...
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Bertie's spin on institutional abuse

Sunday October 29th 2006 Sir - How dare our Taoiseach use ridiculous spin in his announcement to the Dail on the Church contribution for redress for alleged institutional abuse. In his announcement that he has no intention of asking the...
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Fallibility is for popes, not for our church-fearing taoiseach

Comment: Liam Fay: As God?s vicar on earth, the Pope is deemed by Catholics to be infallible. On religious matters, Bertie Ahern also seems to believe he can do no wrong. Last Thursday, Pope Benedict XVI delivered a welcome if...
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Pope's pain doesn't wipe away Church's failure

Saturday October 28th 2006 FOR 40 years, members of the Roman Catholic Church in the Ferns diocese pillaged their way through the youth who were in their charge, which meant in their power. They did it with a casual...
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Pope will rule today on bishops' child protection plans

Saturday October 28th 2006 THE POPE is expected to deliver his verdict today on revised child protection policies and procedures introduced by the Irish Catholic bishops in the wake of last year's Ferns report. Just 48 hours after Pope...
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Church abuse deal absurd

Saturday October 28th 2006 The Taoiseach's agreement that abuse payments from the Catholic Church in Ireland should be capped at ?127m is as absurd as it is enraging. With 14,000 abuse victims applying for redress, ?9,000 per victim is...
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Former Ferns administrator rejects criticism of pope's role

Patsy McGarry, Religious Affairs Correspondent, in Rome 28/10/2006 Criticisms of Pope Benedict's handling of the clerical child sex abuse issue in the Catholic Church have been described as "totally misleading" by the former apostolic administrator to Ferns diocese, Bishop...
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Pope Benedict and Child Abuse

Pope Benedict?s expression of anguish and horror at the incomprehensible behaviour of the clergy whose action have devastated human lives and profoundly betrayed the trust of children, young people, their families, parish communities and the entire diocesan family is...
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Plea for State to stop pursuing her for ?500,000 legal costs

A MOTHER-OF-TWO who was sexually abused by a school principal could lose her home as the State aggressively pursues her for ?500,000 in legal costs. She lost her action against the State earlier this year over the appalling abuse...
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CONOR CRUISE O'BRIEN AND "COMPASSION" (November 1995)

Dear Mr. De Rossa, Thank you for your comments. I think that Archbishop Clifford (and William Binchy) had very much greater justification for a libel suit! I came across the attached article on the Internet which indicates that you apologised...
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Church gets off the hook

Friday October 27th 2006 Bertie seems to think his electorate's memory is faulty. In his defence of the Government decision to let the Church largely off the hook in relation to payment of compensation for child abuse, Bertie claims...
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Pope: my anguish and horror over Ferns abuse

Pope Benedict: sorrow Friday October 27th 2006 But victims angry that the Vatican won't accept blame THE Pope last night spoke emotionally for the first time of his personal "anguish and horror" at the horrendous clerical child sex abuse...
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Ferns statement: full text

27/10/2006 The following is the full text of the statement issued yesterday by Fr John Carroll, Diocese of Ferns communications office director. Today, Thursday October 26th, 2006, as part of the procedure of the visit of the Irish Episcopal...
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Pope tells bishop of 'horror' at sex abuse in Ferns

Patsy McGarry, Religious Affairs Correspondent, in Rome, Martin Wall 27/10/2006 Pope Benedict, in the strongest language he has ever used in relation to clerical child sex abuse, has expressed his own "personal anguish and horror" at what happened in...
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'Sorrow' over clerical abuse

Pope Benedict XVI 'Sorrow' over clerical abuse Pope expresses sorrow at Ferns abuse 26 October 2006 17:13 Pope Benedict XVI has told the Bishop of Ferns of his sorrow and distress at the suffering endured by the victims of...
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Taoiseach under fire over bill for abuse victim

Thursday October 26th 2006 TAOISEACH Bertie Ahern came under fire in the Dail yesterday for the Government's stance on the plight of Cork mother-of-two Louise O'Keeffe. However, Mr Ahern emphatically denied that there was any question of Ms O'Keeffe...
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Priest accused of child abuse flees parish

Thursday October 26th 2006 A PRIEST has fled his parish amidst allegations of child sexual abuse. Locals say they have not seen the priest in the small, rural parish for almost two-weeks now. According to senior church officials, Fr Peter...
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Ahern misled the D?il

26/10/2006 Last Tuesday, the Taoiseach misled the D?il. The subject was the alleged waste of over half a billion euro of taxpayers' money. This is the additional cost to the State of shouldering the vast bulk of the bill...
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Taoiseach defends huge payments for Church abuse

Wednesday October 25th 2006 TAOISEACH Bertie Ahern has strongly defended the Government decision which left religious organisations paying just ?127m for the abuse of children in institutions, although the total bill is estimated at ?1.3bn. Mr Ahern said that...
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Scandal of abused mum who faces home sell-off

Wednesday October 25th 2006 Plea for State to stop pursuing her for ?500,000 legal costs A MOTHER-OF-TWO who was sexually abused by a school principal could lose her home as the State aggressively pursues her for ?500,000 in legal...
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Cork abuse victim gets ?305,104 award

25/10/2006 A Co Cork woman who was sexually abused by the principal of a primary school while she was a pupil there in the 1970s has been awarded more than ?300,000 damages and legal costs against him by the...
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Taoiseach says Church should not 'cough up' more

Marie O'Halloran 25/10/2006 The Catholic Church should not have to "cough up another half a billion euro", Bertie Ahern insisted as he defended the indemnity deal done with religious congregations to compensate people who were abused in State-run institutions....
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Irish Independent 24th October 2006

Our past is another country, for some, but it needs revisiting lest we forget people like Peter Tuesday October 24th 2006 WE can look back on the Ireland of yesterday as onto another planet. It was a society whose values...
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Church under fire over slow response to Ferns Report

Church under fire over slow response to Ferns Report By Se?n McC?rthaigh A LEADING charity working with victims of child sex abuse has raised concerns about the lack of progress by Catholic Church leaders in implementing their policy on...
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CONOR CRUISE O'BRIEN AND "COMPASSION" (November 1995)

Ladies, Gentlemen and Scholars, This is probably my last article on Conor Cruise O'Brien. The others are on www.alliancesupport.org. Should you spot any inaccuracies please let me know and I will correct them. Yours Sincerely Rory Connor 11 Lohunda Grove...
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The sad and loveless life of Brian

Sunday October 22nd 2006 SOMEDAY, with the benefit of hindsight, someone will succeed in unravelling one of the great mysteries of the age - the sometimes weird, sometimes wonderful, relationship between the Irish people and the Catholic Church. But...
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BISHOP COMISKEY, VERONICA GUERIN AND CONOR CRUISE O'BRIEN

"Diocese of Ferns Faces Queries Over Parishioners Bequests" extract from article by Veronica Guerin, Sunday Independent, 22 October 1995 [Rather than just reporting on the issues, it is clear that Veronica Guerin is trying to fabricate a scandal here....
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Brothers should be contrite

Mary Raftery 19/10/2006 Primo Levi, the Italian writer who gave us probably the most compelling account of life and death in a German concentration camp, told of a recurring nightmare common among inmates. He and his fellow sufferers at...
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Child abuse cases not heard

Wednesday October 18th 2006 A SIGNIFICANT number of child abuse cases are never heard by the courts solely because parents fear the child will be traumatised by the "hostile" legal process, a leading psychiatrist said yesterday. Dr Imelda Ryan...
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Christian Brothers issue an apology

Patsy McGarry Religious Affairs Correspondent The Irish Christian Brothers have described themselves as "saddened and ashamed" at the treatment of a now deceased former resident at the Letterfrack industrial school in Co Galway, and said they "apologise unreservedly to all...
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No Confidence in the Ryan Commission.

Albert King on behalf of Mary King. (victim of institutional child abuse). When one reads the transcripts of the Ryan Commission Phase 3 hearings it?s quite clear that victims of institutional child abuse have no confidence in the Ryan Commission....
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Irish bishops in Rome for talks with Pope

Patsy McGarry, Religious Affairs Correspondent 16/10/2006 Clerical child sex abuse, falling Mass attendance, an ageing clergy and the Northern peace process are likely to dominate talks between Ireland's Catholic bishops, the Pope and senior Vatican officials in Rome during...
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BISHOP COMISKEY AND CONOR CRUISE O'BRIEN [October 1995]

Veronica's Guerin's article on how she allegedly tracked down Bishop Comiskey to the clinic in the USA where he was being treated for alcoholism, caused wide-spread revulsion at the time. (Of course it was not yet clear that Guerin's...
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Pope to grill bishops on sex abuse

Saturday October 14th 2006 Treatment of child scandals by Irish church faces in-depth scrutiny at the Vatican THE Irish Catholic bishops face a rigorous scrutiny by Pope Benedict XVI and his advisers over the next fortnight as to how effectively...
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Final bill for abuse in care may be ?1.2bn

Martin Wall The Department of Education has estimated that the final bill for compensation to victims of abuse in orphanages and industrial schools could be ?1.2 billion. The secretary general of the Department of Education, Brigid McManus, told the D?il...
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BISHOP COMISKEY AND VERONICA GUERIN [1995]

In October 1995, while Bishop Brendan Comiskey was being treated for alcoholism in the USA, Veronica Guerin published an article in the Sunday Independent that claimed she had tracked him down to a specific clinic in Florida - the...
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Legal deal with religious orders leaves massive bill

Taxpayers face ?1.3bn payout to victims of sex abuse Thursday October 12th 2006 TAXPAYERS are facing a ?1.3bn payout for compensation to victims of abuse by members of religious orders. Government ministers, including Taoiseach Bertie Ahern, have previously rubbished...
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Paedophiles convicted abroad escape offender laws

12 October 2006 By Stephen Rogers CONVICTED paedophiles who enter the country are free to travel without restrictions and do not have to notify garda? of their presence because of a loophole in the law. Under the Sex Offenders...
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Bishop apologises to victim of rapist priest

Thursday October 12th 2006 A CATHOLIC bishop apologised yesterday to the victim of Donegal priest Father Daniel Doherty who was raped when she was 13 years old. Doherty has just begun a seven-year jail sentence for raping and indecently...
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BISHOP BRENDAN COMISKEY AND FALSE ALLEGATIONS OF CHILD ABUSE [1995]

BISHOP BRENDAN COMISKEY AND FALSE ALLEGATIONS OF CHILD ABUSE [1995] Ladies and Gentlemen, I think that (in chronological order) this is the THIRD false sexual allegation directed against an Irish Bishop. There was the (anonymous) "Bishop and the Paedophile Ring"...
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Paedophile is 'pure evil'

By Stephen Rogers OLIVER O?GRADY is every parent?s nightmare.The notorious paedophile and former priest, who was last seen in the mid-West, has admitted in a shocking documentary that he is still a danger to young children and he still gets...
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Priest given seven-year sentence for rape

11/10/2006 A Donegal priest has been jailed for seven years by Mr Justice Philip O'Sullivan at the Central Criminal Court for raping a teenage parishioner in the church sacristy over 20 years ago. Fr Daniel Doherty (48), Derriscleigh, Carrigart,...
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Comments are inaccurate

Tuesday October 10th 2006 IAN O'Doherty's comments about Pope Benedict XVI (Irish Independent, 3 October) and BBC's panorama programme are both tendentious and inaccurate. Firstly, BBC's panorama programme was a forthright and decidedly one-sided presentation of the 'Sex crimes and...
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PANORAMA AND CLERICAL ABUSE

Madam, - Christoper McCamley (October 4th) writes that the Catholic bishops had no skills in criminal investigation. I was always led to believe by my parents that the bishops were highly educated men. Either my parents were mistaken, or...
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COLM O'GORMAN - "POOR JOURNALISM SAVES A GUILTY CHURCH"

COLM O'GORMAN - "POOR JOURNALISM SAVES A GUILTY CHURCH" by Thomas Sutcliffe, Evening Herald and UK Independent 3 October 2006 [THIS IS INTERESTING BECAUSE THE WRITER IS HOSTILE TO THE CATHOLIC CHURCH BUT STILL BELIEVES THAT COLM O'GORMAN'S EVIDENCE IS...
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Cardinal could face trial over pervert priest

Sunday October 8th 2006 A DOCUMENTARY film featuring an extraordinarily candid interview with an Irish former priest convicted of molesting children may lead to the prosecution of a US cardinal. US law enforcement officials are now considering a criminal...
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Former priest gets suspended term for sex abuse

07/10/2006 A former priest has been given a five year suspended sentence by Judge Michael White at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court for sexually assaulting two young boys in care almost 30 years ago. Gerard Cleere (46), with addresses at...
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Media must be balanced in reporting sex abuse

FOR 10 years I worked as a Child Protection Social Worker with the HSE. The children I worked with were abused - principally by their fathers. You may be astonished to hear that not one of these men were ever...
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Sex abuse book controversy

Friday October 6th 2006 THE controversy over Kathy Beirne?s book raises many issues, but the most important one I believe is the question of credibility in relation to allegations of physical, sexual, and emotional abuse within institutions and families....
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PANORAMA AND POPE BENEDICT

Irish Times, Letters page, 4 October 2006 Madam, - Sean O'Conaill (October 3rd) asks what exactly prevented bishops from reporting instances of clerical child abuse to the civil authorities. It may seem like a cruel question for victims and...
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THE HEARING

Assistance at the hearing The Board appreciates that giving evidence may be a distressing experience, and that you may wish to be accompanied by a relative, friend or professional counsellor. This is a matter for you to decide, and the...
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The church and its critics

Wednesday October 4th 2006 The only thing that is 'grossly incorrect' about the BBC Panorama broadcast is Michael Mullaney's blatently unfair and factually obfuscatory denunciation of it's content (Irish Independent, October 3). Fr Mullany and his culpable church should...
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NOEL BROWNE, THE SOVIET UNION AND STALINISM

Rory Connor wrote: Date: Sat, 30 Sep 2006 00:05:09 +0100 (BST) From: Rory Connor Subject: NOEL BROWNE, THE SOVIET UNION AND STALINISM To: Professor Vincent Comerford , Ronan Fanning , "Dr. Colum Kenny" , Daire Keogh , Dermot Keogh ,...
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BROTHER MAURICE KIRK FSC AND FATHER MICHAEL SWEETMAN SJ

[Explanatory Note: I was a novice in the De La Salle Brothers in Castletown, Co. Laois, Ireland in the year 1966/1967. It was the peak experience of my life and the main reason why I have been engaged in the...
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Programme on Rome sex abuse cover-up was 'grossly incorrect'

Tuesday October 3rd 2006 GRAVELY misleading claims were made in the BBC 'Panorama' programme about the Church document Crimen Sollicitationis and a supposed global conspiracy by the Vatican to cover up clerical sexual abuse. The programme also set out...
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Man 'abused' by Christian Brothers halted from taking action against State

Man 'abused' by Christian Brothers halted from taking action against State Tuesday October 3rd 2006 A MAN who alleged he was abused by two Christian Brothers more than 40 years ago cannot proceed with an action against the State,...
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PANORAMA AND POPE BENEDICT

Madam, - Canon lawyer Dr Michael Mullaney has defended Pope Benedict XVI against a charge of using the document Crimen Sollicitationis to keep clerical child abuse secret (The Irish Times, October 2nd). You report Dr Mullaney as saying: "The...
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Last of the Brothers?

Monday October 2nd 2006 Edmund Garvey was just 14 when he joined the Christian Brothers. Then there were 1,265 Irish brothers, but he may yet be the final one. He talks to JOHN COONEY 'I could be the last...
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Canon lawyer denies code silenced sex abuse victims

Alison Healy 02/10/2006 A Panorama documentary, "Sex Crimes and the Vatican", shown on BBC 1 last night, claimed that a church directive, which was updated by Pope Benedict when he was a cardinal, was being used to silence the...
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Archbishop 'violently angry' at child abuse

ARCHBISHOP MARTIN: 'It has changed me' Sunday October 1st 2006 NICOLA TALLANT THE Catholic Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin has described how he felt "violently angry" on hearing stories of priests abusing children. The former Vatican observer who took...
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