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April 2010 Archives

It is the religious who shall inherit the earth

      By David Quinn Friday April 30 2010 IT is the original man-bites-dog story; namely that since the turn of the new century the Catholic Church worldwide hasn't shrunk but has actually grown, and by a very healthy...
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Notorious paedophile priest found 'helping' with children

  Defrocked Irish cleric Oliver O'Grady discovered running children's parties, volunteering at women's refuge and assisting at Dutch church   EXCLUSIVE Ali Bracken Crime Correspondent DEFROCKED Irish paedophile priest Oliver O'Grady has been living in the Netherlands where he acted...
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Time to give good priests a break-Times Letter Page

  Madam, - I refer to the sweeping statement of James Quinn (April 19th) in which he accuses 99 per cent of the priests of Ireland of supreme cowardice for not speaking out on child abuse. His presumption and that...
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Catholic Church abuse survivors quiz reforms

  Friday, 23 April 2010   A group supporting clerical abuse survivors questioned the Vatican's commitment to child safety despite Pope Benedict accepting the resignation of a third Irish Bishop over the handling of allegations. Bishop of Kildare and Leighlin...
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Pope accepts Belgian bishop's resignation

     Friday, 23 April 2010 15:49 Pope Benedict XVI has accepted the resignation of a Belgian bishop who admitted to sexual abuse. 'When I was still a simple priest and for a while when I began as a...
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RIRB Annual Report

Number and Amounts of Awards   The Board commenced making awards in May 2003 and by 31st December 2008 had completed the process in 12,547 cases as detailed below:             9,332 offers/awards made following settlement. 2,183 awards made following hearings...
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David Quinn: Pope replaces George Bush as the man some people love to hate

    Pope Benedict XVI pauses during an open-air audience in St Peter's Square, the Vatican   By David Quinn Friday April 23 2010 Joseph Ratzinger was elected as the successor to Pope John Paul II five years ago this...
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Clean-out needed 'to show younger people that change . . . is possible'

  Bishop Jim Moriarty of Kildare and Leighlin's departure was largely welcomed within the diocese.Photograph: Thomas Nolan     DARA deFAOITE in Carlow LOCAL REACTION: THE ACCEPTANCE by Pope Benedict XVI of Bishop Jim Moriarty of Kildare and Leighlin's resignation was...
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Call for church leaders to take responsibility and resign

  JAMIE SMYTH Social Affairs Correspondent Fri, Apr 23, 2010 VICTIM REACTION: GROUPS REPRESENTING victims of clerical child-sexual abuse have called on church leaders to take responsibility and resign for their failure to protect children following Pope Benedict's decision to accept...
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Vatican accepts resignation of Bishop of Kildare and Leighlin

  PADDY AGNEW in Rome Fri, Apr 23, 2010 BISHOP MORIARTY RESIGNS: POPE BENEDICT XVI has accepted the resignation of Bishop Jim Moriarty of Kildare and Leighlin. He becomes the third Irish bishop to resign in the last five months, following...
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The Alliance View

Report into the meeting with the Taoiseach and Ministers on Thursday the 15th April 2010   The meeting was requested by the Taoiseach to inform all groups about the extra contributions from the Religious Orders and the findings of the...
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Image of bishops is of 'twisted old men'

  RONAN McGREEVY Tue, Apr 20, 2010 PRIESTS HAVE gone from being portrayed as "incompetent idiots" like Father Ted to being "sexually frustrated clergy where child abuse was just par for the course", a senior member of the hierarchy has...
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Aosdána votes unanimously for motion seeking clarification of Residential Institutions Redress Act, 2002

Aosdána votes unanimously for motion seeking clarification of Residential Institutions Redress Act, 2002 Last Wednesday and Thursday (April 14 and 15) Aosdána held its 2010 agm in the Armagh City Hotel, under the auspices of the Armagh City and...
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Still no anti-abuse campaign after Ferns

  By Claire O'Sullivan Monday, April 19, 2010 FIVE years after it was recommended by the Ferns Inquiry, the Office for the Minister of Children still hasn't launched a publicity campaign informing children that they aren't responsible for sexual abuse....
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Justice for Magdalenes - Redress

Madam, - Brian Cowen and Ministers Mary Coughlan, Dermot Ahern, and Mary Harney met representatives of the religious orders regarding additional contributions towards a fund for survivors of residential institutions (Home News, April 16th). I wonder whether Magdalene laundry survivors...
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McAleese: Scandals a millstone for religious

Independent.ie   By JOHN COONEY Monday April 19 2010 PRESIDENT Mary McAleese has told Ireland's 9,000 religious clergy and nuns that "the millstone" of the Ryan and Murphy reports will be carried by their 140 orders for a long time....
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Listen with compassion to abusers, urges top churchman

Independent.ie   AN English priest has called on Ireland's religious orders "to confront the unthinkable" by listening compassionately to the stories of paedophile clerics, writes John Cooney. Fr Timothy Radcliffe, the former Master General of the worldwide Dominican Order, told...
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Brother says Vatican is making same mistakes

  PATSY McGARRY Mon, Apr 19, 2010 VATICAN'S ROLE: THE VATICAN is repeating mistakes made in Ireland and elsewhere in its handling of recent clerical child sex abuse revelations, a prominent Christian Brother has said. Brother Edmund Garvey, a member of...
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Always a place for religious in Irish life, says Cori head

  PATSY McGARRY Mon, Apr 19, 2010 FALLING VOCATIONS: THERE WILL always be a place for men and women religious in Irish life, even as their numbers decline at the rate of 4 per cent a year, Sr Marianne O'Connor, director...
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Quinn says ownership of religious schools should go to state

  Conor McMorrow --> Face in the crowd: new Labour TD Jerry Cowley THE 18 religious congregations, which were heavily criticised in the Ryan report into residential institutional abuse, should transfer the legal ownership of their schools to the state...
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An unlikely victim of abuse

Independent.ie   BENEDICT XVl will be guest of honour at a luncheon thrown by his cardinals in the Vatican Papal Palace on Monday, in celebration of his fifth anniversary as Pope. In contrast, a former victim of abuse in an...
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Government Statement

Government Statement following meetings with Religious Congregations and with Survivors of Child Abuse, Thursday 15th April, 2010   The Taoiseach, Mr Brian Cowen T.D. along with the Tánaiste and Minister for Education and Science Mary Coughlan T.D.  Ministers Dermot...
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The truth is that child abuse and cover-up are not primarily about religion or sex

The truth is that child abuse and cover-up are not primarily about religion or sex. They are about power   In a week when the Pope's right-hand man pointed to homosexuality as the cause of paedophilia, FINTAN O'TOOLE looks at the...
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Theologian's criticism of Pope

  Madam, - Hans Küng's open letter to the Catholic bishops (Front page and Opinion, April 16th) is a timely challenge to all of us Catholics, particularly in the context of the threatened Vatican visitation of the Irish church. Prof...
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Benedict needs to stop filth from smothering his papacy

Independent.ie   By John Cooney Saturday April 17 2010 EMBATTLED 83-year-old Pope Benedict XVI will today visit the troubled Maltese church under a massive cloud -- and no, it is not volcanic ash from Iceland that the papal pilot will...
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What each of the congregations has on its books

Independent.ie   Christian Brothers COMPANIES AND TRUSTS: The congregation in Ireland is associated with nine trusts and companies that have charitable status. Two trusts are connected with the Marino Institute of Education, to which it contributed €3.2m in recent years....
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€200m sought from religious congregations

  BARRY ROCHE Taoiseach Brian Cowen said the Government will continue working with the 18 religious congregations in a bid to get them to contribute €200 million to the fund for the victims of abuse in the residential institutions run...
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Survivors call for Gardaí to probe charity

  By Jennifer Hough Friday, April 16, 2010 SURVIVORS of institutional abuse have asked the Taoiseach to instruct the HSE to discontinue funding a Cork-based charity for victims - and let Gardaí step in and investigate it. The organisation Right...
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A more honest media would relentlessly hunt down child abuse wherever it is found

Independent.ie   COVERAGE of the Church's sex abuse scandals is now thoroughly unhinged. Even people outside the church are starting to realise this. One is the renowned former mayor of New York, Ed Koch, who is Jewish and disagrees with...
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Cowen to make Orders foot €680m abuse bill

Independent.ie   By John Cooney Friday April 16 2010 THE Government is pressing 18 religious orders to pay half of the expected €1.36bn bill for the Ryan investigation into systematic abuse of children in industrial schools and orphanages. This would...
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Church in worst credibility crisis since Reformation, theologian tells bishops

  HANS KÜNG Fri, Apr 16, 2010 Pope Benedict has made worse just about everything that is wrong with the Roman Catholic Church and is directly responsible for engineering the global cover-up of child rape perpetrated by priests, according to...
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Leading abuse survivor walks out of meeting with Taoiseach

Michael O'Brien   Thursday, April 15, 2010 - 08:44 PM A leading survivor of clerical sex abuse has walked out of a meeting with the Taoiseach and Government tonight. Taoiseach Brian Cowen was meeting with survivors of clerical abuse...
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Brady is discharged from hospital

IRISH TIMES REPORTERS The Catholic primate Cardinal Seán Brady has been discharged from hospital in Craigavon, Co Armagh. He was admitted last night after being taken ill at a Confirmation ceremony. It is understood the cardinal felt weak during...
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Cardinal Brady hospitalised in Armagh

  Cardinal Sean Brady was hospitalised in Co Armagh today. Photo: Cyril Byrne/THE IRISH TIMES     PAMELA NEWENHAM Cardinal Seán Brady has been hospitalised in Co Armagh, where he is said to be in a stable condition. The Catholic...
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Time to give good priests a break

Times Letter Page Madam, - As a very old Irish Catholic, I am writing to congratulate and support young Irish Catholic Veronica Frawly (April 6th). Her assertion that the media takes a biased view of the Catholic Church is my...
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Bearing communal witness

Sat, Apr 10, 2010 It has been harrowing to rehearse, and will be hard to watch, but the Abbey's 'documentary theatre' piece based on the Ryan report is a cultural response to a national trauma, writes KATE HOLMQUIST  "Please note...
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Ratzinger resisted plea to defrock abuse priest

Independent.ie   By GILLIAN FLACCUS in Los Angeles Sunday April 11 2010 The future Pope Benedict XVI resisted pleas to defrock a California priest with a record of sexually molesting children, citing concerns including "the good of the universal church",...
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Vatican insists Benedict acted correctly

Saturday, 10 April 2010   The Vatican has defended Pope Benedict against fresh allegations about his handling of clerical sex abuse cases. The Associated Press News Agency claims that, as one of Pope John Paul's top officials in the early...
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Notorious paedophile priest is found dead

Independent.ie   By Louise Hogan and Brendan Furlong Saturday April 10 2010 NOTORIOUS paedophile priest Donal Collins has been found dead in his home. The body of Collins, who was dismissed from the priesthood in 2004, was discovered yesterday at...
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NI priest on sex charges gets bail

  Sat, Apr 10, 2010 POLICE IN Northern Ireland investigating a Catholic priest over alleged child sex abuse offences are still to speak to potential witnesses outside of the North, a court heard yesterday. Fr James Donaghy (52) is facing...
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Cardinal's 'secret deal' for arrest of Smyth

  By Seán McCárthaigh Friday, April 09, 2010 A FORMER senior RUC officer has claimed the late Cardinal Cahal Daly made a secret deal with a chief constable in the North to arrange the arrest and imprisonment of notorious paedophile...
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NO ESCAPE- PLEASE GO TO SEE THIS PLAY

Play based on Ryan Report Kathy Donaghy reports that No Escape was compiled by journalist Mary Raftery who used only what was said in the report to put the play together   Wednesday the 14th April 2010 at 8pm on...
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Cardinal Daly brokered secret deal with RUC to arrest Smyth

Independent.ie   By John Cooney Thursday April 08 2010 FRESH details of a secret deal that led to the arrest and imprisonment of notorious paedophile monk Brendan Smyth have emerged. The deal was brokered in 1994 by Cardinal Cahal Daly,...
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Letters Page - Irish Times

Easter protests at cathedral Madam, - I witnessed the scenes outside the Pro-Cathedral in Dublin before 11am Mass on Easter Sunday, and the personal vituperation directed at Archbishop Diarmuid Martin. While understanding and accepting the rage of those abused by...
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Vatican hits back again at criticism over child sex abuse

  PADDY AGNEW in Rome Thu, Apr 08, 2010 THE VATICAN has again hit back in strong terms at those criticising the Catholic Church over its handling of the sexual abuse of children by priests. In an interview yesterday a...
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The Prods are all girls, the Papes whimpering softies. Don't you long for the old Penal Days?

Independent.ie   By Kevin Myers Wednesday April 07 2010 Instead of sacraments, sin and sacrifice, clergymen now talk of 'hurt, deep offence and wounded feelings' THE Great Religious War Between the dioceses of Dublin and Canterbury was not so much...
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Questioning church credibility -Letters Page - Iriah Times

  Madam, - As a member of the Church of Ireland, part of the world-wide Anglican Communion, I wish to completely disassociate myself with the disgraceful remarks made by the Archbishop of Canterbury when he stated that the Catholic Church...
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Bishop: Abuse of children 'faith-shaking'

Ireland   Friday, 2 April 2010 14:49 The Bishop of Down and Connor has described as 'faith-shaking' the 'crimes and sins of abuse of children and minors by clergy and religious'. But Dr Noel Treanor said the steadfast grind...
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Benedict faces true test as churches issue mea culpas

  By Nicole Winfield Vatican City Friday, April 02, 2010 POPE BENEDICT XVI sees the priestly sex scandal as a "test for him and the Church," his spokesman says, as the Pope and his bishops around Europe used Holy Week's...
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Addressing clerical abuse- Times Letter page

Madam, - I have a dream . . . that by Good Friday, 2011, the Catholic Church diocesan and institutional leaders who failed victims of child abuse will end this ongoing crucifixion by doing the following. 1. Recognising that forgiveness...
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'Tablet' calls for review of Vatican's handling of abuse

  Fri, Apr 02, 2010 An editorial in the current issue of influential English Catholic weekly the Tablet has recommended that an international commission be set up to review what occurred and why with the Vatican's handling of clerical child sex...
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Past cannot be ignored, Martin tells parishioners

  PATSY McGARRY, Religious Affairs Correspondent Fri, Apr 02, 2010 ARCHBISHOP'S HOMILY: THERE CAN be no overlooking or rewriting of the past, Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin has said. In a homily at the Holy Thursday Chrism Mass in Dublins Pro-Cathedral,...
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World watches as child abuse victims air grievances

    As a blizzard of snow swirled around the Armagh hilltop, Cardinal Sean Brady stood at his doorstep and shook the hand of the victims of child clerical abuse. His colour heightened and his eyes suspiciously bright, he bid...
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Irish church to get much better at covering things up

  A damning report into child abuse in the Dublin archdiocese has criticised the Catholic Church hierarchy for being almost comically bad at covering up the abuse. The report highlighted years of systematic incompetence in keeping things behind closed doors,...
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Brady: Church wants to find 'just solution'

  By Claire O'Sullivan Thursday, April 01, 2010 ALL IRELAND Primate and Archbishop of Armagh, Cardinal Seán Brady has told a clerical abuse survivors group that the Church is committed to finding a "just solution" to the victims of the...
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Cardinal 'would comply' with statutory tribunal

  By Claire O'Sullivan Thursday, April 01, 2010 SURVIVORS of clerical abuse say the Primate of All-Ireland and Archbishop of Armagh, Cardinal Seán Brady, told them he would comply with a statutory tribunal into the Church's handling of clerical sex...
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Brady expresses support for full abuse inquiry

  Cardinal Sean Brady with victims group Irish Soca member John Kelly (front), Patrick Walsh and Marie Seo, at Armagh Cathedral. Photograph: Colm Lenaghan/ Pacemaker In this section » Cap'n Cowen cries foul as ship of State sinks Concerns for...
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