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Under new legislation priests would be punished with up to five years in prison if they did not pass on details of abuse heard in Confession

Minister summons papal nuncio to a meeting following a report into the mishandling of child abuse allegations

Report also says that Bishop John Magee of Cloyne, who resigned last year, admitted to ‘inappropriate behaviour’ with a young man

He had been granted the grace of ‘time for amendment of life’; and he had used it well

Fr David Myers, head of the Rosminians in Britain, issues apology for sexual and physical abuse by priests in the 1960s

I hope the order learns a lesson from Canada, where a Truth and Reconciliation Commission is working to bring healing to victims

Last night’s programme was distressing to watch. The men who suffered abuse, though cruelly treated, have retained their dignity

RTE’s programme about abuse in Africa showed two very different ways of handling the problem: facing up to it or keeping it quiet

But 1960s generation of priests lacked ‘careful preparation for a celibate life’, according to long-awaited John Jay report

Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith says every bishops’ conference must have guidelines for handling clerical sex abuse within a year