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

Fr Vincent Twomey, a former student of Pope Benedict XVI, says Irish Church has been ‘without any leadership’ for 15 years

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

Brother Philip Pinto says future is uncertain because of costly abuse cases and a shattered reputation

Mgr Hugh Connolly says reports alleging that the seminary may close are ‘without foundation’

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

Bishops announce opposition to plans to abolish 50-50 Catholic-Protestant recruitment policy for Northern Ireland’s police force

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