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#Church Abuse

From TheJournal.ie Explainer: What do the survivors of Catholic Church abuse want from the Vatican? Church Abuse

Explainer: What do the survivors of Catholic Church abuse want from the Vatican?

The papal visit saw many headlines about clerical abuse and about how survivor groups were unhappy with the Church’s response to it.

From TheJournal.ie Polish Catholic Church vows "zero tolerance" to paedophiles Catholic Church

Polish Catholic Church vows "zero tolerance" to paedophiles

The Church says that it will not make any compensation offer to those who were abused.

From TheJournal.ie Abuse orders cashed in €667million on property deals Religious Orders

Abuse orders cashed in €667million on property deals

The four religious orders who ran the Magdalene Laundries alone made €296million in ten years.

From TheJournal.ie UN committee hears 'vast majority' of women entered Magdalene Laundries voluntarily or with consent UN

UN committee hears 'vast majority' of women entered Magdalene Laundries voluntarily or with consent

Irish delegate said today that in most cases, allegations made by women about mistreatment at the laundries concern events which happened “a considerable time ago”, and information is limited.

From TheJournal.ie Germany 'enslaved and abused' post-Nazi era children Child Abuse

Germany 'enslaved and abused' post-Nazi era children

Germany agrees a €120m compensation deal after children in state and church care were abused for 25 years.

From TheJournal.ie Take 5: Monday Take 5

Take 5: Monday

5 minutes, 5 stories, 5 o’clock.

From TheJournal.ie Ratzinger 'failed to deal with suspected paedophile' - reports Church Abuse

Ratzinger 'failed to deal with suspected paedophile' - reports

A German magazine says new documents show that Pope Benedict allowed a suspected paedophile to work with children.

From TheJournal.ie The 9 at 9: Wednesday 9 At 9

The 9 at 9: Wednesday

Nine things you need to know by 9am: the government unveils its 4 year plan, but Standard & Poor’s has already made up its mind; Taoiseach apologises to Burton after asking Gilmore to “rein her in” and Tayto Park opens.

From TheJournal.ie Apostolic visit criticised for giving out 'very bad message' Church Abuse

Apostolic visit criticised for giving out 'very bad message'

The cardinal sent to Ireland to oversee the handling of the clerical sex abuse crisis has celebrated mass alongside two bishops strongly criticised in the Murphy report.

From TheJournal.ie The 9 at 9: Monday 9 At 9

The 9 at 9: Monday

Nine things you need to know by 9am: the bailout’s on (or maybe it’s not); Sarah Palin’s new reality show airs in the US – and do the unemployed really earn more than the average industrial wage?

From TheJournal.ie The Case of the Pope: Vatican Accountability for Human Rights Abuses Guardian

The Case of the Pope: Vatican Accountability for Human Rights Abuses

Terry Eagleton welcomes Geoffrey Robertson QC’s “coolly devastating” inquiry into the church sex abuse scandal.

BRITAIN’S JUSTICE SECRETARY has proposed to significantly change UK law in an attempt to stop human rights campaigners from performing a citizen’s arrest on the Pope when he visits England in autumn.

Sky News reports that Government officials are “seriously concerned” over plans of campaigners – including noted atheist author Richard Dawkins – to prosecute the Pope under international criminal law.

The campaigners – which also include journalist Christopher Hitchens – want to prosecute Pope Benedict for his alleged role in the cover-up of clerical sex abuse.

But Conversative justice minister Ken Clarke has proposed changes to the rules on ‘international jurisdiction‘ which would require the consent of the Director of Public Prosecutions to consent to an arrest warrant.

The government denies that the plans relate directly to the Pope, however, and says that the issue was exposed when a former Israeli minister cancelled a trip after a similar warrant was sought for her arrest.

When in the UK, the Pope will beatify Cardinal John Henry Newman, the founder of UCD, in a Mass expected to be attended by up to ten thousand.

Clarke said “it would be appropriate to require the consent of the Director of Public Prosecutions before an arrest warrant can be issued to a private prosecutor in respect of an offence of universal jurisdiction.”

The move will face opposition from human rights advocates separately to the criticism of the Pope, however, as it effectively takes the matter of international prosecutions out of the hands of the courts.