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November 2009 Archives

Bishop: Murphy report findings 'misread'

Email+    Share+ Bishop of Killaloe Willie Walsh   Monday, November 30, 2009 - 09:06 AM Bishop of Killaloe Willie Walsh today hit out over calls for a colleague to resign in the wake of a sickening report into clerical...
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International help needed to speed Church clean-up

Independent.ie   Maurice Hayes   By Maurice Hayes Monday November 30 2009 THANK God for Diarmuid Martin; thank God for the courage and persistence of the victims of clerical child abuse who have been vindicated; thanks too for Judge Yvonne...
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Connell must come clean without any 'reservation'

  Independent.ie   By JOHN COONEY Monday November 30 2009 Archbishop Diarmuid Martin and Cardinal Desmond Connell have been in direct personal contact since last Thursday when the explosive Commission Report into the Archdiocese of Dublin's cover-ups of clerical...
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Response to clerical child abuse report

Response to clerical child abuse report Mon, Nov 30, 2009 Madam, - It is reported that the Vatican's Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith, and the papal nuncio in Dublin declined to co-operate with the Commission of Investigation into...
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Day of sorrow and shame as facts sink in for faithful

Independent.ie   By Shane Hickey Monday November 30 2009 IT was a day for reflection, prayer and apologies. As the full impact of the damning report into child sexual abuse in Dublin sank in, thousands of parishioners around the capital...
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Industrial school pupils get proof of clean records

Independent.ie   By Eilish O'Regan Health Correspondent Monday November 30 2009 JUSTICE Minister Dermot Ahern has issued seven former residents of industrial schools with certificates to clarify they do not have a criminal record. Thousands had feared that time spent...
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Victims of Magdalene cruelty consider lawsuit

Independent.ie   By Louise Hogan Monday November 30 2009 FORMER residents of the infamous Magdalene laundries are being sought in "complete confidence" by a group considering a class action lawsuit against the State and religious orders. A number of victims,...
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Sunday Business Post- Letters Page

O'Connor on the ChurchAlison O'Connor's defence of a' la carte Catholics (A very Catholic conundrum, 22/11/09) highlights her limited understanding of the Catholic faith.Women priests, married clergy and the acceptance of gay relationships, while important issues for many, are not...
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The true enemies of the Church

  The true enemies of the Church29 November 2009 After the Ryan Report and the Ferns Report, after Goldenbridge and Letterfrack, after Sean Fortune and Ivan Payne, after all the numerous others, the report by Judge Yvonne Murphy of the...
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New laws on child abuse needed now

29 November 2009 By Alison O'ConnorIt used to be all the rage among people of a certain age to tell the younger generation that, when they were growing up, times were so tough they had to walk to school barefoot.'Shoelessness'...
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The lies that Connell claims he never told

29 November 2009 By Vincent BrowneThe lies are the most striking aspect of the report on the Dublin Archdiocese - after, of course, the disclosures of the terrible abuse of probably thousands of young people over the years, and the...
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Apologies are no longer sufficient

Independent.ie   Enda Kenny, the Fine Gael leader, is correct. Apologies from the Roman Catholic Church, no matter how sincere or how contrite, are simply not enough when set against the shocking depravity that last week's report on the Dublin...
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Priests 'horrified' by Murphy report findings

 Sunday, 29 November 2009    A pastoral reflection is being circulated at Masses this morning in the diocese of Down and Connor expressing horror and distress at the findings of the Commission of Investigation into clerical child abuse in Dublin....
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Martin: Is there a paedophile ring?

Independent.ie   Disturbing connections between abusing priests prompts Archbishop's request to gardai for further investigation By MAEVE SHEEHAN Sunday November 29 2009 THE ARCHBISHOP of Dublin, Diarmuid Martin, asked the gardai to investigate whether a clerical paedophile ring was operating...
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We can't shut the Church down, so what do we do?

Independent.ie   For the good of the Catholic faith and all its heartbroken followers, change must be imposed from the outside, says Brendan O'Connor By Brendan O'Connor Sunday November 29 2009 IF the Catholic Church in Ireland were any other...
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'It's hard to know if Church can survive'

Independent.ie   RTE's Religion Correspondent Joe Little speaking on the news after the report's release There's a point that was made by Dermot Ahern when he was launching the report, in a paragraph which I'm not actually sure he delivered...
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The Abuse Report

  'My abuser then went on to molest at least seven others' I was a little emotional on 'Prime Time' on Thursday night. No one was more surprised than I was; I'm more used to being composed and articulate....
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Abuse report ignores failure of State to stop the horrors

Independent.ie   By BRUCE ARNOLD Saturday November 28 2009 The main axis of public concern is missing from the report of the Murphy Commission. This is the tie-up between Church abnegation of responsibility for abuse in the Dublin diocese and...
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Paedophile paid from fund for poor after jail release

Independent.ie   By Breda Heffernan Saturday November 28 2009 PAEDOPHILE priest Ivan Payne was paid money from a fund meant to help the poor of Dublin after his release from prison and continues to receive money designed for "charitable purposes"....
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Inquiry uncovers 80 new cases of abuse

Independent.ie   Bishops named in report fight calls to step down By Tom Brady, Edel Kennedy and John Cooney Saturday November 28 2009 EIGHTY files are to be sent to the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) by a garda team...
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Response to clerical child abuse report- Irish Times

Response to clerical child abuse report Sat, Nov 28, 2009 Madam, - Ultimate responsibility for corruption rests at the apex of an organisation: the Vatican and its official representation remain at present stubbornly (and suspiciously) silent on the crisis in...
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'Mental reservation' and the church's version of truth

  BREDA O'BRIEN Sat, Nov 28, 2009 How could twisted accounts of truth be let obscure the protection of children from abuse? AFTER ARCHBISHOP Martin's press conference following the release of the Dublin diocesan report on Thursday, I commented to...
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'We were baring our souls to them in confession. I am very angry about it'

  People at Dublin's Pro-Cathedral yesterday where prayers were said for the victims of child sexual abuse.Photograph: Cyril Byrne   FIONA GARTLAND People attending Mass yesterday expressed fury at the commission's findings PRAYERS WERE said for the victims of child...
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Archdiocese financially helping many of report's abusive priests

  CARL O'BRIEN Chief Reporter Sat, Nov 28, 2009 Of the 46 priests investigated, some remain within their orders under strict conditions, some have left Ireland and others have disappeared OF THE 46 priests investigated by the commission, some are...
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Pressure mounts on bishops named in abuse report to resign

  PATSY McGARRY HARRY McGEE and Sat, Nov 28, 2009 PRESSURE ON the five bishops who still hold office and whose handling of clerical child sex abuse was addressed by the Dublin diocesan report increased throughout yesterday. Fine Gael leader...
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Gardaí to examine abuse report findings

  Friday, 27 November 2009 20:10 Garda Commissioner Fachtna Murphy has appointed a senior investigator to examine the findings of the Commission of Investigation into the Catholic Archdiocese of Dublin. Full report: Part One | Part Two | AppendicesList...
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Bishops lied and covered up

  Fri, Nov 27, 2009 The report shows that what lies at the heart of the Catholic Church in Ireland is a profound and widespread corruption, perpetrated by liars, child sex abusers and those at the very top who covered...
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Martin asks named clergy to consider positions

Email+    Share+   By Seán McCárthaigh Friday, November 27, 2009 THE Archbishop of Dublin, Diarmuid Martin, has strongly hinted that senior bishops criticised in the Murphy Report should consider their positions. Dr Martin also expressed regret at the failure...
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Only victims' voices ring true on their day of vindication

Independent.ie   THERE'S a line in St Mark's gospel in which Jesus rebukes his disciples for turning away a group of children. "Suffer little children, and forbid them not to come unto me: for of such is the kingdom of...
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Abuse leaves indelible stain worse than the Inquisition

Independent.ie   By David Quinn Friday November 27 2009 The Church put its own self-interest before the interests of others. There is no better way to negate Christianity than that The Dublin report describes how Church authorities, prior to the...
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'All I got was lies and deceit, I was bullied and threatened'

Independent.ie   By Marie Collins Friday November 27 2009 IF only they had stopped him then. But I was surprised to find out how much was known about my abuser. The auxiliary bishop at the time wanted him reported to...
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Church admits it 'stole childhoods of hundreds'

Independent.ie   THE Catholic Church last night admitted it stole the childhood of hundreds and failed them again when they had the courage to come forward. The Archbishop of Dublin, Dr Diarmuid Martin, issued an unequivocal apology to victims of...
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Deliberate policy of ensuring knowledge of abuse restricted

  PAUL CULLEN Fri, Nov 27, 2009 ARCHBISHOP DERMOT RYAN: ARCHBISHOP DERMOT Ryan handled complaints badly, never reported knowledge of abuse to the Garda and failed to properly investigate complaints against at least six priests, the report states. The report accuses...
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Failure to admit liability in civil cases 'added to victims' hurt'

  CARL O'BRIEN Fri, Nov 27, 2009 CARDINAL DESMOND CONNELL: CARDINAL DESMOND Connell has been criticised for being slow to act in recognising the seriousness of child sex abuse in Dublin while he was archbishop. "He took an active interest in...
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Family had to move to get away from priest

  MARY MINIHAN Fri, Nov 27, 2009 PARISHES: THE FATHER of one of William Carney's victims said he had to move his family out of Ayrfield to get away from the then priest, the report records. Appointed curate in the parish...
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Church 'routinely covered up' child sexual abuse for 30 years

Church 'routinely covered up' child sexual abuse for 30 years CARL O'BRIEN and PATSY McGARRY Fri, Nov 27, 2009 FOUR SUCCESSIVE archbishops of Dublin responded to clerical child sexual abuse over a 30-year period in their diocese with "denial, arrogance...
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Cover up of abuse

Archbishop John Charles McQuaid 1940 - 1972, Archbishop Dermot Ryan 1972 - 1984, Archbishop Kevin McNamara, 1985 - 1987, Archbishop Desmond Connell 1988 - 2004. Vatican and nuncio ignored letters on abuse LETTERS SENT to the Vatican and the...
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I was threatened, abuse survivor group chief tells court

    Thursday, November 26, 2009 - 07:18 PM The Chairman of an organisation set up to support survivors of residential abuse has claimed before the High Court today that he has been threatened by a group of individuals who...
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Commission finds Church covered up child sex abuse

  The four archbishops of Dublin during the period covered by today's report into the handling of allegations of clerical child sex abuse. Clockwise (from top left) John Charles McQuaid, Dermot Ryan, Kevin McNamara and Desmond Connell. Related » Counselling contact...
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Church used 'don't tell' approach

  ELAINE EDWARDS Thu, Nov 26, 2009 The pre-occupations of the Dublin Archdiocese in dealing with cases of child sexual abuse, at least until the mid 1990s, were the "maintenance of secrecy, the avoidance of scandal, the protection of the...
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Commission finds Church covered up child sex abuse

  The four archbishops of Dublin during the period covered by today¿s report into the handling of allegations of clerical child sex abuse in the Archdiocese of Dublin. Clockwise (from top left) John Charles McQuaid, Dermot Ryan, Kevin McNamara and...
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Commission finds Church covered up child sex abuse

  Archbishop John Charles McQuaid: his dealings with Fr Edmondus in 1960 'were aimed at the avoidance of scandal and showed no concern for the welfare of children'. Photograph: The Irish Times Related » Counselling contact details | 26/11/2009 How the...
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Church covered up child sex abuse - State facilitated cover-up

The four archbishops of Dublin during the period covered by today's report into the handling of allegations of clerical child sex abuse in the Archdiocese of Dublin. Clockwise (from top left) John Charles McQuaid, Dermot Ryan, Kevin McNamara and...
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Commission finds Church covered up child sex abuse

The four archbishops of Dublin during the period covered by today's report into the handling of allegations of clerical child sex abuse in the Archdiocese of Dublin. Clockwise (from top left) John Charles McQuaid, Dermot Ryan, Kevin McNamara and...
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Archbishop warns report 'will shock us all'

 Thursday, 26 November 2009 13:09 Today sees the publication of the Murphy Commission's Report on how Church and State handled allegations and suspicions of child sexual abuse in Dublin's Catholic Archdiocese. Special RTÉ News programme from 2.10pm Full list...
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16 religious congregations give abuse compensation figures to Department

  PATSY McGARRY Thu, Nov 26, 2009 SIXTEEN OF the 18 religious congregations investigated by the Ryan Commission and which agreed to contribute to a new trust to compensate victims of abuse suffered in their institutions, have made their contributions...
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Dublin child-abuse report due for publication

  PATSY McGARRY Religious Affairs Correspondent, ELAINE EDWARDS Thu, Nov 26, 2009 The report into how allegations of clerical child sex abuse were handled by church and State authorities in Dublin's Catholic Archdiocese will be published this afternoon by Minister...
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Religious orders make new reparation offers

Ireland   25 November 2009 20:32 Five religious orders covered by the indemnity deal with the Government have offered to increase their contributions to the Redress Scheme. Nearly €200m in property and cash has been offered to various trusts...
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Initial Reaction by Survivors(SOCA) to Christian Brothers Response to Government

                                                                                              PRESS  RELEASE   Irish Survivors of Child Abuse (SOCA)   25th November 2009 at 1530h   Initial Reaction by Survivors(SOCA) to Christian Brothers Response to Government     Following the Ryan Report in May 2009 the government...
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RESPONSE TO GOVERNMENT AND REPORT OF THE RYAN COMMISSION

Christian Brothers European Province   CHRISTIAN BROTHERS IN IRELAND RESPONSE TO GOVERNMENT AND REPORT OF THE RYAN COMMISSION The Christian Brothers in Ireland present the content of this website in the interests of accountability and transparency and in fulfillment...
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'Shamed' brothers handover €161m Funds to aid victims of abuse

  Funds to aid victims of abuse   The Christian Brothers plan to hand over € 34m in cash to directly help victims of abuse. Photo: Press Association     By John Walshe Wednesday November 25 2009 THE Christian Brothers...
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Value of assets held by other orders unclear

Independent.ie   By Shane Phelan Wednesday November 25 2009 WHILE the value of assets held by the Christian Brothers is now known, the value of those of the other religious orders, and how much more they can afford to pay...
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Bishop to defrock priest who filmed abuse of boy

Independent.ie   By John Cooney Wednesday November 25 2009 A SENIOR Catholic bishop is preparing to hold a secret ecclesiastical trial in his diocese to defrock a priest who filmed himself sexually abusing a school boy on his mobile phone....
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Vatican will not accept liability for payout costs

Independent.ie   By John Cooney Wednesday November 25 2009 THE Vatican has never accepted financial liability towards victims of clerical child sex abuse. Rome's policy is to devolve responsibility for compensation claims to individual priests, their diocesan bishops and religious...
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Probe may partly restore Cardinal's reputation

    Cardinal Desmond Connell's conservatism appeared to have made him ambivalent to opening up the Dublin archdiocese to wider secular scrutiny   By JOHN COONEY Tuesday November 24 2009 THE reputation of Cardinal Desmond Connell could be partially rehabilitated...
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Church's bill to hit €20m after latest sex claims

Independent.ie   By Sam Smyth, John Walshe and Edel Kennedy Tuesday November 24 2009 THE compensation bill for victims of child abuse in the Dublin diocese is set to double to more than €20m, the Irish Independent has learned....
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Former Brother abused 19 schoolboys

  Former Christian Brother Seán John Drummond at Limerick Circuit Court yesterday where he pleaded guilty to assaulting 19 boys at a national school in the 1960s.Photograph: Brendan Crowe    KATHRYN HAYES A FORMER Christian Brother who indecently assaulted 19...
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Priest gets five years' jail for abuse of boy

  ELAINE KEOGH Tue, Nov 24, 2009 A PRIEST and former hospital chaplain who sexually abused a schoolboy has been jailed for five years. Michael Molloy (44), who had been a chaplain at Cavan General Hospital, pleaded guilty to two...
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Archbishops put church honour before children

    The paedophile priest Brendan Smyth is led from the Four Courts in Dublin after being sentenced to 12 years in July 1997 By John Cooney Monday November 23 2009 AT the height of Ireland's clerical child sexual abuse...
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The devil is in the detail of this depraved vision of hell

Independent.ie   By Medb Ruane Monday November 23 2009 Visions of hell have long been used to control human behaviour, but no Dante or Hieronymus Bosch could paint the depravities described in the report of the Dublin Archdiocese Child...
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Cardinal Connell's actions were just 'too little, too late'

Independent.ie By John Cooney Monday November 23 2009 TOO little, too late is likely to be the judgment by the Commission of Investigation on how Cardinal Desmond Connell handled clerical child sex abuse allegations during his troubled 16-year reign...
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Little children were neglected to uphold the Church's name

Independent.ie   By Michael O'Brien Monday November 23 2009 IT was a cover-up, plain and simple. Although we don't know exactly what the report has said because we are still waiting for it to be published in its entirety, all...
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Paedophile priests can't be named and shamed

Independent.ie   By Fionnan Sheahan, Edel Kennedy and John Cooney Monday November 23 2009 MOST clerical abusers in the Dublin archdiocese will not be named in the damning report of the expert group investigating child abuse, the Irish Independent has...
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Lay trusts part of 'flourishing' church

  FIONA GARTLAND Mon, Nov 23, 2009 THE TRANSFER of Catholic schools to lay trusts is not the church getting out of education, the chairman of the Bishops' Commission for Education has said. Speaking at a Mass to launch the...
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Report on clerical child abuse claims in archdiocese to be published this week

  PATSY McGARRY and MARY MINIHAN Mon, Nov 23, 2009 THE REPORT into the handling of clerical child sex abuse allegations by church and State authorities in Dublin's Catholic archdiocese is now likely to be published on Thursday. Plans to...
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Archbishops' cover-up of child sex abuse revealed

Independent.ie   Desire to protect Church meant crimes not reported: Dublin Diocese Inquiry THE four Catholic archbishops of Dublin who preceded Dr Diarmuid Martin, were aware of complaints against priests for sexually abusing children -- a practice that went...
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Government underestimated scale of inquiry

  Independent.ie   By Michael Brennan Friday November 20 2009 MOST of the religious congregations have now offered to make an extra contribution to the Exchequer in the wake of the devastating Ryan Report. The Government is seeking cash...
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Censored sex abuse report to be published

Independent.ie   By Dearbhail McDonald, Breda Heffernan and Tim Healy Friday November 20 2009 THE High Court yesterday cleared the way for the publication next week of a damning report into the handling of clerical sex abuse in the...
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Child abuse body costs could rise to €136m,

  PATSY McGARRY Religious Affairs Correspondent Fri, Nov 20, 2009 THE COST of the Commission to Inquire into Child Abuse could be as much as 60 times the original Department of Education estimate, it was disclosed at a hearing...
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Irish religious to fore in Australian abuse scandal

  Wed, Nov 18, 2009 ANALYSIS: Many of the children abused in Australia, prompting this week's apology by the prime minister there, came originally from Ireland, writes MARY RAFTERY  THERE IS always one story that haunts you, so graphic and disturbing...
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Right of Place - Cork

Victim Support/Representation     Right of Place Cork, under the stewardship of Noel Barry were clearly "out of Touch" with members views about discussing the Memorial or Monument suggested in the Ryan Report.  Clearly the majority of former residents want...
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Australia's apology

  Tue, Nov 17, 2009 THERE is a ghastly familiarity to the stories of the "forgotten Australians", the half a million children, many from abroad, condemned to live in state and church-run orphanages, foster homes and institutions between 1930 and...
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Church cheers as priest admits that he's in love

Independent.ie   By Anita Guidera Tuesday November 17 2009 A CONGREGATION wept and cheered when their beloved priest delivered the bombshell that he had tendered his resignation because he had fallen in love. Popular parish priest Fr Sean McKenna (51)...
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Religious orders fail to make reparation pledges

  PATSY McGARRY Tue, Nov 17, 2009 SOME OF the 18 religious congregations that ran residential institutions investigated by the Ryan commission have yet to respond to letters from Government requesting them to indicate what they would contribute to a...
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Australian prime minister Kevin Rudd (L) comforts a victim

Australian prime minister Kevin Rudd (L) comforts a victim after giving a national apology to the forgotten Australians and former child migrants at a ceremony in the great hall at Parliament House in Canberra today. Photograph: Reuters Australia apologises...
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Church 'must repent for abuse' as priest numbers fall

  Independent.ie   By Don Lavery Sunday November 15 2009 THE Dublin archdiocese, the Catholic Church and its institutions must repent for the "heinous crime" of sexual abuse of children, Archbishop of Dublin Dr Diarmuid Martin said yesterday in...
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Report of the Assessment panel

Michael Kelly The Government is to publish the findings of the assessment panel charged with reviewing further contributions from religious congregations in the light of the Ryan Report. Following the publication of the report in May, pressure mounted on...
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Bishop questions ban on women priests

  Saturday, November 14, 2009 - 09:21 AM Bishop of Killaloe Willie Walsh has questioned the right of women to be ordained - challenging the papal ban.Bishop Walsh - who'll celebrate 50 years as a bishop this year -...
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Do not replace church as oppressor, bishop tells media

  PATSY McGARRY Religious Affairs Correspondent Sat, Nov 14, 2009 A BISHOP warned the media yesterday not to become "oppressive", as the Catholic Church had once been. Addressing a meeting of journalists in Dublin, the Bishop of Killaloe Most Rev...
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Agency criticises delay in abuse report

  PATSY McGARRY Sat, Nov 14, 2009 A DELAY in the publication of a report into how allegations of clerical child sex abuse in Dublin's Catholic archdiocese were handled means there is "a danger that the civil authorities could be...
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Report reveals extent of childhood homelessness in Dublin

  Thursday, November 05, 2009 - 09:31 AM A new Salvation Army report has today revealed disturbing levels of childhood homelessness in Dublin.The report found almost half of the respondents had experienced homelessness before the age of 18 -...
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Nun seeks decision on court claim

Independent.ie FORMER nun Nora Wall is demanding a decision on her claim for compensation after being wrongfully convicted for the rape and indecent assault of a young girl. She has brought a High Court challenge to the alleged refusal...
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