Ledwith’s name submitted for Dublin archbishop post Continue reading
Dr Gerard McGinnity still on the moral high ground, but very vulnerable around his capitulation to Christina and the House of Prayer.
Senan Malony writes about the ongoing issue of the training of priests. How celibacy can be a great hindrance to the expression of sexuality. On the one hand one can hide one’s sexual orientation but also a Church that is so supportive of marriage can destroy those are not able to live with these false ideals. Then there is the issue of sexual harassment and the institutionalisation of power with an episcopate incapable of addressing these issues. Continue reading
Simon Harris TD Minister of Health
Mike Garde the Director of Dialogue Ireland joined Carolann Murphy at a meeting in the Grand Hotel last night to discuss the issue of a programme that was introduced a few years ago to rehabilitate sexual offenders.
The meeting resulted from a promise made during the election campaign to look into the issue of child protection.
Mike Garde received a request to meet Carolann Murphy two years ago when it became clear that the Church of Ireland parish of Redcross had introduced this programme without consulting the parents of children within the parish. This led to great consternation among parents and public meetings made the situation even worse.
The person who was part of this experiment featured in a recent article in the Sunday World. They were not able to get to the bottom of this issue.
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The Minister of Health invited Carolann Murphy to meet him and he was totally focussed on this issue and after hearing the testimony of Carolann Murphy he agreed that this issue would be investigated properly.
I came along to connect the dots of the origins of this programme in the ministry of the Core Church, St Catherine’s, Thomas Street*, in the mid nineties to sexual offenders at Arbour Hill involving Willi Stewart and others. It was from this Church that the ministry to place ex offenders in Protestant parishes emerged and it was felt due to the sex abuse issues in the Catholic Church it would not be appropriate to have it in Catholic parishes. Phillip Larragy is the person who has established this ministry.
* (on the site of the execution of Robert Emmet,)
The Last Word covers the movie Spotlight
We meet the real Walter “Robby” Robinson from Spotlight
We meet the man behind the inspiration for the Michael Keaton character in the film Spotlight.
The true story of how the Boston Globe uncovered the massive scandal of child molestation and cover-up within the local Catholic Archdiocese, shaking the entire Catholic Church to its core.
The true significance of this story is that when you are inbedded in a community you fail to see what is happening and you relativise what is going on. This was not about Cardinal Law or the abusive priests but rather the systematic structural corruption of the Catholic Church. Here it is sexual abuse and I got a grave awareness of this issue in working with the victims of the Legionaries of Christ.
It gives me strength to deal with the systematic failure of the Catholic Church in this country in addressing the ongoing abuse of the honest Catholics who have handed over their souls and their money to the House of Prayer. Also in this regard the media except for some exceptions like Jim Gallagher they have allowed this story to go unattended. As we and victims try to find answers this movie gives us strength knowing that sustained work and also the total rejection by those who could assist us will at some stage end.