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January 2010 Archives

Brendan Smyth victim battles with US church

Sunday Tribune   Helen McGonigle's family was destroyed by the paedophile priest. Now she's looking for justice, writes Crime Correspondent Ali Bracken --> Fr Brendan Smyth pictured in the United States in the 1960s --> Smyth at one of his...
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Bishops to meet survivors

Irish Times Letters page Sat, Jan 30, 2010 Madam, - Cardinal Seán Brady says that the bishops are meeting survivors before going to Rome (Home News, January 29th). Isn't it a tad late to be using clergy abuse victims as...
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Clergy exposed in Murphy 'must take responsibility'

  SIMON CARSWELL in Davos, Switzerland Sat, Jan 30, 2010 THE ARCHBISHOP of Dublin, Dr Diarmuid Martin, has said the Catholic clergy and others associated with the cover-up of clerical child sex abuse, as exposed in the Murphy report, must...
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Seventy Irish priests working in US accused of sexual abuse

Independent.ie   By John Cooney Friday January 29 2010 AMERICAN victims of clerical child abuse have revealed a direct link to scandals in Ireland, with the discovery that 70 Irish-born priests who worked in the US have been accused of...
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Bishops talking to abuse survivors ahead of papal meeting, says cardinal

  ALISON HEALY and JAMIE SMYTH Fri, Jan 29, 2010 BISHOPS ARE consulting locally with abuse survivors, priests and other lay people to prepare for their meeting with Pope Benedict in Rome next month, Cardinal Seán Brady said yesterday. Bishops...
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Cardinal defends right of church to have role in State schools

Cardinal Seán Brady   ALISON HEALY and SEÁN FLYNN Fri, Jan 29, 2010 IT IS "blatantly unjust" and "a complete red herring" to say that the Catholic Church has no right to be involved in schools that receive State...
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Bishop O'Mahony accused of questioning validity of Murphy report

  By Claire O'Sullivan Friday, January 29, 2010 VICTIMS support groups and clerical sex abuse victims have accused former Auxiliary Bishop of Dublin Dermot O'Mahony of questioning the validity of the Murphy report and said that if this attitude...
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Report on religious order assets due

 Thursday, 28 January 2010 17:27 Education Minister Batt O'Keeffe has said that a report on religious order assets and how much will go to fund victims of abuse will go to the Cabinet soon. He said the report had...
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Archbishop Martin criticised for failure to support priests

  JAMIE SMYTH, Social affairs correspondent Thu, Jan 28, 2010 A FORMER Dublin auxiliary bishop has strongly criticised Archbishop Diarmuid Martin, claiming he failed to support priests in the Dublin diocese following publication of the Murphy report into clerical child...
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Redress board spends €900,000 on travel, hotels

Redress board spends €900,000 on travel, hotels Ken Foxe A BOARD set up to adjudicate on claims by victims of abuse in industrial schools and other institutions has spent more than €900,000 on travel, hotel bills, taxi fares and courier...
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Bishops use 'bunker talks' to devise deeply flawed strategy

Independent.ie   By John Cooney Monday January 25 2010 It would seem the bishops are in the dark as to what bonfires are being stoked up by the Pope and his aged Curia of administrators AS a foggy, January darkness...
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The damage to Catholic Church

  Mon, Jan 25, 2010 THE NEED for reform of the national school system has become increasingly urgent as society undergoes rapid change. Two years ago, the Ryan report into the abuse of children in religious-run establishments generated debate on...
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74% think church did not react properly to report

  STEPHEN COLLINS Mon, Jan 25, 2010 THE NEGATIVE impact of the Murphy report on the public perception of the Catholic Church is evident in the latest Irish Times/Ipsos, MRBI poll. One consolation for the church is that a majority...
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Catholic Church 'should give up control of primary schools'

  STEPHEN COLLINS Political Editor Mon, Jan 25, 2010 IN THE wake of the Murphy report a majority of people believe that the Catholic Church should give up its control of the primary school system, according to the latest Irish...
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Abuse victims propose that funds for monument go to Haiti survivors

The Post24 January 2010 By John Burke and Emma KennedySurvivors of institutional child abuse want €500,000 - which has been earmarked for a monument to victims - to be given to survivors of the Haiti earthquake.The proposal was made to Taoiseach...
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Priorities/urgent needs for all survivors in this post-Ryan era

Thomas Sweeney 18 Drumcairn Avenue Tallaght Dublin 24   20/01/10   Dear Taoiseach,             On behalf of the many survivors who do not frequent the Aislinn Centre, Right of Place Centre, and other such centres in other countries, I am...
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Pope must answer people without any reservations

  The voices of the survivors of abuse need to be heard in Rome, writes Colum Kenny   DIFFICULT MATTERS: Cardinal Desmond Connell. Photo: Ronan Lang Sunday January 24 2010 THIS is a crucial moment for the Irish hierarchy and...
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Bishop dismisses abuse cover-up claims

 Irish Examiner By Scott Millar Saturday, January 23, 2010 THE Bishop of Raphoe, Philip Boyce, has dismissed claims that his diocese has child protection concerns despite claims by a Catholic lay organisation that "a widespread culture of covering up...
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Bishops to consult with laity over abuse scandal fallout

Independent.ie   By John Cooney Saturday January 23 2010 THE Irish Catholic bishops plan to hold a consultation process with lay people, clergy and religious after their summit in Rome next month with Pope Benedict. The 18 bishops attending an...
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I thought of quitting church role for love, admits bishop

    Bishop of Killaloe Willie Walsh at his residence in Ennis, Co Clare. He has spoken candidly of his personal struggles with the issues of sexuality and the church's difficulties in the area of justice. google_protectAndRun("render_ads.js::google_render_ad", google_handleError, google_render_ad);  ...
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Questions over funding of legal action against abuse survivors

  By Jennifer Hough Wednesday, January 20, 2010 CONCERNS have been raised over how a High Court action - brought against his own members by the head of a group for survivors of institutional abuse - is being funded....
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Pope summons all bishops to meeting on church scandal

Independent.ie By John Cooney Wednesday January 20 2010 Bishops of all 26 dioceses in Ireland have been summoned to Rome next month by Pope Benedict for an unprecedented emergency meeting on the child clerical abuse scandals. The two-day meeting at...
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Priest 'made girl say 10 Hail Marys after assault'

    Father Maeliosa O Hauallachain denies the charges. Photo: Courtpix By Sonya McLean Wednesday January 20 2010 A WOMAN told a jury her priest made her say 10 Hail Marys as penance after he abused her in a confessional...
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Madden's move from church

Irish Times Letters Page Wed, Jan 20, 2010 Madam, - I wish Andrew Madden all the best with his typically courageous decision to formally leave the Catholic Church ("Madden leaves Church over failure of bishops to resign", January 18th), a...
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Bishops to hold egm on Friday ahead of pope's pastoral letter to faithful

  PATSY McGARRY Religious Affairs Correspondent Wed, Jan 20, 2010 AN EXTRAORDINARY general meeting (egm) of Ireland's Catholic bishops will take place at Maynooth on Friday in anticipation of the forthcoming pastoral letter from Pope Benedict to the faithful of...
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Pope summons Irish bishops

  Pope Benedict has summoned the Irish bishops to Rome to discuss abuse clerical abuse scandal. According to the Irish Catholic  newspaper, the pontiff has called the meeting next month because of what is perceived as a very serious situation...
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Bishops summoned to meet Pope to discuss abuse report fallout

  By Dan Collins Wednesday, January 20, 2010 THE Pope has summoned Irish bishops to an emergency meeting in Rome at which the fallout from the scandalous Murphy report into the rape and abuse of 320 children by 46...
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Martin respects Madden's decision

 Monday, 18 January 2010 15:23 Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin says he accepts and respects the decision of clerical sex abuse victim Andrew Madden to formally leave the Catholic Church. The Archbishop said Mr Madden's trust was betrayed by...
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Child protection board chief 'encouraged' by church action

  PATSY McGARRY Mon, Jan 18, 2010 IT HAS been claimed that any "objective and fair-minded observer would recognise that the [Catholic] Church has tried hard to meet its commitments to safeguard children today and to learn from the mistakes...
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Madden leaves Church over failure of bishops to resign

  PATSY McGARRY Religious Affairs Correspondent Mon, Jan 18, 2010 THE FIRST person in Ireland to have gone public - in 1995 - about his abuse by a Catholic priest has formally left the Catholic Church. Andrew Madden, who was...
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Teachers need more training to deal with abuse allegations

Post.ie 17 January 2010 By Martha KearnsTeacher training on how to deal with child abuse allegations is insufficient and needs to be ''ramped up'', according to the new head of the Irish National Teachers' Organisation (INTO).Sheila Nunan, the incoming general secretary...
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Applications Received after 15th December 2005

  Pursuant to the provisions of section 8(2) and 8(3) of the 2002 Act the Board may, at its discretion and where it considers there are exceptional circumstances, extend the period for receipt of applications. Any applicant wishing to lodge...
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President tells envoys child abuse affects us all

  Archbishop Giuseppe Leanza, dean of the diplomatic corps and papal nuncio to Ireland, waits to make his introductory speech on the occasion of the presentation of new year greetings by the diplomatic corps at Áras an Uachtaráin.Photograph: Matt Kavanagh...
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Defiant bishop focuses on protecting children

Independent.ie   By John Cooney, Religion Correspondent Friday January 15 2010 THE defiant Bishop of Galway, Martin Drennan, has summoned an emergency meeting of his clergy next week to undertake a comprehensive review of child protection procedures in the diocese....
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Irish clerical abuse not typical of church, says Vatican prefect

  PADDY AGNEW in Rome Thu, Jan 14, 2010 THE CLERICAL sex abuse scandals in Ireland are not representative of the behaviour of the vast majority of priests in the Catholic Church, a senior Vatican figure has said. Brazilian Cardinal...
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Nuns concerned over future of site

  Mon, Jan 11, 2010 An order of nuns which lost out on a €40 million windfall when it was refused planning permission for a prime site in Galway is concerned that the land will be rezoned for recreational use....
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Testimony of abuse victims 'will not be destroyed'

Independent.ie   By Michael Brennan Political Correspondent Monday January 11 2010 THE one million records of the Ryan Commission into child abuse have been saved -- despite fears that they would be immediately destroyed. The Government had sought advice from...
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Bishop criticised for failing to answer victims

  PATSY McGARRY Religious Affairs Correspondent Sat, Jan 09, 2010 BISHOP OF Galway Martin Drennan has been criticised by abuse victim Andrew Madden for not responding to a request from him to meet people from Dublin's Catholic archdiocese who were...
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Sherlock demands statement on Right of Place group

  By Jennifer Hough Friday, January 08, 2010 THE Health Service Executive must make a statement on the running of a state-funded group for survivors of institutional abuse, according to a Cork TD. Sean Sherlock said serious questions surround...
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Ignore critics -- Church must be true to teachings

    Pope Benedict XVI: the way for the Catholic Church in Ireland to renew itself is to become more fully and authentically Catholic By David QuinnFriday January 08 2010 Apparently, the best way for the Catholic Church to renew...
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Tackling the culture of abuse

  Fri, Jan 08, 2010 Madam, - I personally reject the argument being made by Fr Tony Flannery (Home News, December 31st), that the auxiliary bishops in Dublin had little power or control over the culture that was allowed to...
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Bishop refuses to clarify his response to 'Irish Times'

  PATSY McGARRY Religious Affairs Correspondent Fri, Jan 08, 2010 THE BISHOP of Galway Martin Drennan has declined to answer queries from The Irish Times arising from his response to four questions posed by this newspaper, to which he replied...
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Irish Catholicism at 'defining moment'

    By Michael McHugh Wednesday, January 06, 2010 THE Catholic Church in Ireland is at a defining moment in its history and recent child sex abuse scandals have damaged public trust in its leaders, according to Cardinal Seán...
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Do not lose sight of what Redress is all about

PHYSICAL ABUSE   Regulations regarding use of corporal punishment were disregarded. Industrial schools depended on rigid control by means of severe corporal punishment to survive. Children lived with the daily terror of not knowing where the next beating was coming...
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Archdiocese ignored canon and state law

Sunday Tribune From Tom Fennelly The resignation of Bishop Eamonn Walsh has been accompanied by statements in which it was implied that the bishop was the victim of "guilt by association" and that both the Murphy report and the Ferns...
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Clerical child abuse report

  Tue, Jan 05, 2010 Madam, - Since I am on record as calling for the resignation of the bishops mentioned in the Murphy report (December 3rd), I should have expressly excluded Dr Martin Drennan. The present Bishop of Galway...
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What next for the priesthood?

  Fr Michael Kelly at St Agnes's Church, Crumlin. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh     After the annus horribilis that was 2009, three priests at different stages of their vocational lives talk to ROSITA BOLAND about how their views of the church...
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Survival, not compassion, is priority for Church

03 January 2010 By Vincent Browne The campaign of Diarmuid Martin, the Catholic Archbishop of Dublin, to be rid of turbulent bishops who, he believes, shared corporate responsibility in the diocese for the concealment of clerical child abuse seems unfair and...
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Drennan statement will put more pressure on Cardinal Connell

  03 January 2010 By John Burke Public Affairs CorrespondentPressure is mounting on Cardinal Desmond Connell to comment publicly on his role in the handling of paedophile priests in Dublin. The pressure comes after a statement by Bishop of Galway Martin...
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Murphy Report failed to address our absurd laws

Bruce Arnold Independent.ie   By Bruce Arnold Monday January 04 2010 Canon Law was a concept affecting Ireland by influence rather than application -- and the influence was huge When the Murphy report was published, Justice Minister Dermot Ahern...
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Bishop Hegarty challenged on handling of abuse allegations

  PATSY McGARRY, Religious Affairs Correspondent Mon, Jan 04, 2010 THE CATHOLIC Bishop of Derry Séamus Hegarty has been challenged to account for his handling of clerical child abuse allegations when he was Bishop of Raphoe from 1982-1994. The...
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Bishop of Killaloe urges Cardinal Connell to issue statement on Murphy report

  PATSY McGARRY, Religious Affairs Correspondent Mon, Jan 04, 2010 THE BISHOP of Killaloe Willie Walsh has called on Cardinal Desmond Connell to issue a statement following the fallout from the Murphy report. Also, two abuse survivors in Dublin have...
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'I was not aware of allegations of abuse

'I was not aware of allegations of abuse until Archbishop Connell informed us' Bishop Martin Drennan of Galway blessing new wards at their official opening at the Galway Clinic last month. Photograph: Joe O'Shaughnessy    PATSY McGARRY, Religious Affairs Correspondent...
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Laity can show the way forward

Independent.ie   Look to past for solution Sir -- Tim Pat Coogan's article "Why laity must choose bishops" (Sunday Independent, December 27, 2009) was a useful item to generate thought on this relevant topic. It made me wonder how the...
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