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December 2006 Archives

AT THE GATE OF THE YEAR

AND I SAID TO THE MAN AT THE GATE OF THE YEAR ?GIVE ME A LIGHT THAT I MAY TREAD SAFELY INTO THE UNKNOWN,? AND HE REPLIED, ?GO OUT INTO THE DARKNESS AND PUT YOUR HAND INTO THE HAND...
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FINTAN O'TOOLE AND THE FALL OF THE REYNOLD'S GOVERNMENT (2)

Ladies and Gentlemen, Apologies. The location of the initial article entitled "Historians Who Ignore False Allegations of Child Abuse" should read www.alliancesupport.org on 27 December 2006. I trust that this is the only mistake. If anyone can point out another...
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No change to definition of the family in children's rights poll

Carl O'Brien, Social Affairs Correspondent, and Miriam Donohoe, Political Staff Wed, Dec 27, 2006 The Government is to avoid changing the constitutional definition of the family in the planned referendum on children's rights because of fears it could spark...
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State will pay ?1.1bn to abuse victims

Thursday December 28th 2006 ABUSE victims have received more than ?580m in compensation from the Residential Institutions Redress Board so far. The payments, at an average of ?71,000 each, have been made to almost 6,900 people who suffered physical,...
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HISTORIANS WHO IGNORE FALSE ALLEGATIONS OF CHILD ABUSE

Ladies and Gentlemen, One problem in interpreting the vicious slanders against Catholic clergy over the last 20 years or so is that there is rarely any discussion of the lies when they are exposed. I have pointed out that...
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Letter to Sunday Independent Nov. 06

Sir, Such are the depths of my feelings for Ms Buckley, ?Director of The Aislinn Centre for Education?, you simply can?t imagine the surprise I got to see in Sunday Independent, 12/11 that she?d penned a response to my...
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letter to Sunday Independent.Nov. 06

How dare Mr Ahern, our State leader use ridiculous spin in his announcement to the Dail on the Church contribution for Redress for alleged institutional abuse. He made the announcement to the Dail that he has no intention of...
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CHRISTMAS GREETINGS TO EVERYONE

A HAPPY AND PEACEFUL CHRISTMAS TO YOU ALL...
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LOVE charity to be disbanded

08:16 Saturday December 23rd 2006 A charity set up to defend priests and nuns wrongly accused of abuse is dissolving this Christmas. Campaigner Florence Horsman-Hogan, who founded LOVE, said it was time for those who supported the religious orders...
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Announcement

Announcement Friday, 22nd December 2006 It is with profound regret that the Board announces the death, today, 22nd December 2006 of its Chairman, the Honourable Mr. Justice Se?n O?Leary. The Board wishes to extend its deepest sympathy to Judge O?Leary?s...
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The Dissolution of LOVE.

?As we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others?. Mandela. "LOVE was founded in 2003 by ex inmates...
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OPENING HOURS OVER THE CHRISTMAS AND NEW YEAR

National Counselling Helpline Service OPENING HOURS OVER THE CHRISTMAS AND NEW YEAR Up to 24th December ? normal hours. 25th & 26th December : 8.00pm to 12.00midnight 27th & 28th December: 6.00pm to 10.00pm 29th December to 2nd January ?07...
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Objections to False Allegations against Irish Bishops

Ladies, Gentlemen and Scholars, A couple of objections to my article on "False Allegations against Irish Bishops" have come to my attention. [www.alliancesupport.org on 9 Dec 2006]. The main objection is that I am overstating the significance of the number...
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Priest who allegedly abused girls in US currently housed in Ireland

21 December 2006 By Stephen Rogers A PRIEST who allegedly molested two young girls as well as a number of other people in the United States in the 1980s is currently being housed by a Catholic Order in a...
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Priest who abused boy is given a suspended sentence

Thursday December 21st 2006 A PRIEST who abused a 10-year-old boy in his office while he was principal of a school has walked free from court after receiving a suspended sentence. The former brother also carried out the indecent...
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Ex-vicar and teacher both jailed for vast 'sickening' child-porn library

Thomas O'Carroll who was jailed for having a huge library of child porn images which they kept hidden in a secret cupboard Thursday December 21st 2006 A FORMER vicar and a Carlow-born paedophile rights campaigner were jailed yesterday after...
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Headmaster guilty of child porn

Wednesday December 20th 2006 Ex-Christian Brother 'couldn't accept his sexuality' A FORMER primary school principal found in possession of 10,000 images of children as young as six having sex, has received a two-and-a-half year suspended jail sentence. Former principal of...
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?285,000 paid out to clerical abuse victims

Tuesday December 19th 2006 THE Bishop of Killaloe, Dr Willie Walsh, confirmed yesterday that the diocese paid out ?285,000 to victims of clerical sex abuse last year. The confirmation of the highest ever annual payout to sex abuse victims...
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Primate attacks 'dehumanising' excess

Archbishop Se?n Brady reflects on 10 eventful and challenging years as Catholic Primate with Patsy McGarryReligious Affairs Correspondent It often seems to many observers that the Catholic Primate of All Ireland Archbishop Se?n Brady would be happiest serving in...
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'The bishops made Bertie back down'

Sunday December 17th 2006 ALAN RUDDOCK SEVERAL members of the committee which recommended that the age of consent for sexual activity be lowered from 17 to 16 have said they believe the Taoiseach "flip-flopped" on the issue, after the...
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Catholic care home abuse claims could cost millions

Rob Waugh A FORMER Catholic children?s home is facing one of the biggest sexual abuse compensation claims of its kind the country has seen, with 140 men suing for damages likely to run into millions of pounds. The organisations...
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A long-lost story of innocence abused

Saturday November 4th 2006 Founded On Fear By Peter Tyrrell Irish Academic Press, ?18 Mavis Arnold 'I am looking forward to re-writing the story. But should anything happen, i.e. an accident, or death (my death) I hope it will still...
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Abuser priest 'brazenly' asks to buy bright children's paper

Friday December 15th 2006 O'Grady admits his notorious convictions while out shopping NOTORIOUS paedophile ex-priest Oliver O'Grady walked into a Dublin shop to buy coloured paper "like a child would have". The convicted sex offender, who is believed to have...
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Canon law and consent view not at odds - bishops

Patsy McGarry, Religious Affairs Correspondent There is no conflict between the bishops' opposition to the Government's suggestion of reducing the age of consent for consensual sex to 16 and the church's canon law, under which it is permissible for...
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Rwandan priest is jailed for his role in genocide

Thursday December 14th 2006 A CATHOLIC priest who stood by while his church was bulldozed with 2,000 people, mostly women and children, inside during Rwanda's genocide was sentenced to 15 years in prison for the crime yesterday. The UN-backed...
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Sex abuse by adults is real crisis

Vincent Browne The row over the legal age at which young people can engage in sexual activity is a distraction from dealing with a major crisis that so far has gone unrecognised, that of sexual abuse by adults, writes Vincent...
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Priest must pay ?10,000 to woman he 'harassed'

Wednesday December 13th 2006 A PRIEST who was at the centre of a angry funeral stand-off in Belleek, Co Fermanagh, two years ago, has to pay almost ?10,000 to a teacher who alleged that he had harassed her. Fr Ben...
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PAT RABBITTE, CARDINAL CATHAL DALY AND THE FALL OF THE REYNOLDS GOVERNMENT [1994]

PAT RABBITTE, CARDINAL CATHAL DALY AND THE FALL OF THE REYNOLDS GOVERNMENT [1994] Historians have practically ignored the role of Pat Rabbitte in the fall of the Fianna Government of Albert Reynolds in November 1994. Yet it was the...
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Priest abuser wore female underwear

Monday December 11th 2006 AN IRISH paedophile cleric who celebrated Mass and abused his victims while wearing women's underwear regularly took the female lead roles in theatrical productions at his seminary college. The revelation came in documents, lodged in...
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Bishops asked to give views on age of consent

Stephen Collins, Political Editor Correspondence obtained by The Irish Times reveals that the Oireachtas Committee on Child Protection wrote to the Bishops' Committee on Child Protection during the summer seeking its views on the age of consent, following the...
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Bishops warn on morality

Monday December 11th 2006 "Bishops warn of fall into moral chaos". I dont believe I'm reading that headline. Is this the Catholic church that we read about in the Ferns report? Is this the Catholic church whose leader has yet...
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Bishops not qualified to lecture on age of consent

10 December 2006 By Vincent Browne Their lordships met in Maynooth last Thursday and issued a demarche after their deliberations which spoke of many things, but most of all about their own insensitivity, renewed arrogance and dogged denial. They...
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FALSE SEX ALLEGATIONS AGAINST IRISH BISHOPS

Ladies, Gentlemen and Scholars, The following article concerns false sex allegations directed against 6 Irish Bishops between 1994 and 2006. This represents nearly a quarter of the Irish Hierarchy (shades of "One in Four"!). Can we expect Colm O'Gorman, the...
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Bishops' belated concern only echoes every parent's worries

Saturday December 9th 2006 BERTIE Ahern yesterday conceded defeat in the electoral battle between Church and State. He bowed to the power of the bishops, as expressed in their statement, and by so doing enhanced still further his already strong...
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Newsletter December 2006

Friday, 8th December 2006 This is the 13th in a series of newsletters which the Board has decided to produce to keep applicants informed from time to time as to the procedures it follows and other developments. The Board?s...
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Bishops warn of fall into 'moral chaos'

Friday December 8th 2006 THE Catholic bishops have lashed out at the growing levels of teen sex, drink and violence. Such behaviour is contributing to Irish society?s "downward descent into moral chaos", according to the Irish Conference of Bishops....
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Goldenbridge - The Sunday Times vs The IrishTimes

Ladies and Gentlemen, The first piece that follows is an extract from an article by Fintan O'Toole in the Irish Times on 1st March 1996. The second is an article from The Sunday Times (Irish edition) at the end of...
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Sorrowful mysteries etched into bleeding fingers, by FINTAN O'TOOLE

Ladies and Gentlemen, The following disgusting piece of work gives an indication of the state of mind of a society that would go on to convict Nora Wall on false charges of raping a child. I have previously quoted the...
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Irish child prisoners: Child prisoners must be given a voice

Thursday, November 23, 2006 The delinquent state that oppressed Irish children in institutional care is alive and well and is still denying justice to its former child victims. During his lifetime, one such victim, Peter Tyrrell, could not get...
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Will Paul McCabe find justice, even in death?

Breda O'Brien. Paul McCabe died four years ago this month. "Paul who?" is the likely response, even if I had called him by his nickname, Pablo. Paul was a homeless man who had been reared in industrial homes, a recidivist...
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Biggest US Catholic Diocese to pay $60m in abuse settlements

09:46 Saturday December 2nd 2006 The largest Roman Catholic Archdiocese in the US is to pay out $60 million to settle sexual abuse claims made against its priests. Forty-five of more than five hundred claims against priests in the Los...
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Christian Brothers still holding back the truth on child abuse and money

Saturday December 2nd 2006 JUDGE Sean Ryan displayed serious annoyance and frustration with the lawyers representing the Christian Brothers at Wednesday's public hearing of the Investigation Committee of the Commission to Inquire into Child Abuse, of which he is...
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'Kathy's Story' proven a fraud'.

As LOVE have campaigned against 'Kathy's Story over the past year, we were unaware that Kathy O'Beirne had eight siblings, and that the family ( except for one brother), totally denied her story. Not only that, but her school...
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