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Enda Kenny: playing to the gallery (PA photo)

Fr Lombardi’s response to the Cloyne scandal is legalistic: the Vatican still has serious questions to answer

Prime Minister Enda Kenny (CNS photo/Reuters)

Enda Kenny launches extraordinary attack on the Vatican in parliament, saying its policy on abuse is ‘calculated’ and ‘withering’

Enda Kenny, Ireland's prime minister, has said that canon law should not supersede state law (Julien Behal/PA Wire)

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

Archbishop Giuseppe Leanza is received as papal nuncio to Ireland in 2008 (CNS photo/John McElroy courtesy of Irish Catholic)

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

Bishop John Magee meets Pope Benedict XVI in 2007 (CNS photo)

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

Of course we must open ‘a new chapter’: but before we do, we must read and acknowledge the old one

The Queen has made 380 state visits over the course of her 59-year reign

Mary Kenny says that Queen Elizabeth II’s historic trip to the Republic of Ireland next week could be her most challenging state visit

Cardinal Sean O'Malley and Archbishop Diarmuid Martin of Dublin lie prostrate before the altar during a liturgy of repentance in Dublin (CNS photo/John McElroy)

Bishops issue pastoral letter to mark anniversary of Pope’s letter to Irish Catholics

Lord Mayor of Manchester, Cllr Mark Hackett, Mary Walsh and Kevin Fitzpatrick

Veteran teacher gains prize

An 86-year-old Irish dancing teacher receives award at the 2011 Manchester Irish Festival

Cardinal O'Malley is one of several senior prelates leading an apostolic visitation of the Irish Church (Photo: CNS)

Irish priest claims Cardinal O’Malley will tell Benedict XVI that Ireland’s Church has ‘a decade at most’ to save itself