Kirsty Jane McCluskey interviews Peter McVerry SJ, for her project about Jesuit vocation and identity: http://jesuitstories.wordpress.com/2014/08/31/peter-mcverry-sj-social-activist-and-campaigner/
Sean O'Connaill deplores the bishops' lack of transparency on the funding and independence of the national body for child protection that they set up (the NSBCCC), and hopes for the day when bishops will be accountable to their people.
The editors of America's National Catholic Reporter share their open letter to Pope Francis, appealing to him to meet victims of clergy sex abuse.
The ACP Leadership Team recommends the latest edition of the Irish Jesuits' magazine Studies, which is entirely taken up with the Murpny Report into abuse in Dublin diocese (www.studiesirishreview.ie)
Pádraig McCarthy welcomes the publication of a survey of Dublin priests' responses to the Murphy report, which was compiled by Alan Hilliard and published under the title 'A Window on Murphy'.
Brendan Hoban reviews the movie 'Philomena', currently on general release. He believes it didn’t need to add fictional elements to present the facts as unacceptable and inhumane (first published in this week's Western People).
About eighteen months ago some priests of Dublin Archdiocese approached the ACP Leadership with the proposal that a study of Judge Yvonne Murphy's Investigation of Clerical Child Abuse in the Archdiocese be conducted.
Retired High Court Judge from Hong Kong, Mr. Fergal Sweeney, was commissioned to do this work.
We here publish his report:
Commissions of Investigation and Procedural Fairness Report (40 pages, PDF)
In conjunction with this, Fr. Padraig McCarthy of the Archdiocese has just published a book on the same subject. This does not duplicate Fergal Sweeney's work but includes further areas of analysis of the Murphy Report. Padraig's book, An Unheard Story (published by Londubh) will be available in most bookshops.
Padraig McCarthy reviews Archbishop Diarmuid Martin's response to the legal review of the Murphy Report, agreeing that it makes valid points — but also pointing out that there is more to be said.
The Leadership Team of our association report on the AGM — which takes place in the Hodson Bay Hotel, Athlone on Tuesday, Oct. 29th at 2.00pm. This event marks three years of the ACP.