Pope seen undeterred by abuse scandal, reform calls

March 29, 2010
pope palm

Pope Benedict leads Palm Sunday Mass at the Vatican March 28, 2010/Alessandro Bianchi

Sex abuse claims against famed rabbi grip Israel

February 19, 2010
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Ultra-orthodox Jewish men praying in the Old City of Jerusalem, 11 March 2008/Yiorgos Karahalis

Dublin theatre throws spotlight on Catholic priestly sins

February 18, 2010
monaghan Aaron Monaghan plays a tormented teenager in Christ Deliver Us! at Dublin’s Abbey Theatre/Abbey photo by Ros Kavanagh

The Roman Catholic Church in Ireland could well feel it has nowhere left to hide. As the press carried blanket coverage of this week’s meeting between the Pope and bishops summoned to Rome following the Irish church’s vast pedophilia scandal, Ireland’s national theater has joined those taking up the theme of ecclesiastical hypocrisy, to loud applause.

In abuse by Irish priests, a little “mental reservation”

November 29, 2009

irish-countrysideIt was a ride and I was hitchhiking around Ireland and the driver of a tiny Morris Minor who’d stopped was a priest, so what could be wrong?

Ireland releases report on abuse in Catholic schools

May 20, 2009

candlesA report released on Wednesday said children suffered decades of abuse at institutions in Ireland run by Catholic orders.