14Mar Open Letter to Cardinal Gerhard Müller from Marie Collins

Marie Collins resigned the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors.
Cardinal Gerhard Müller, the head of the Vatican's Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, gave an interview shortly following Collins' resignation. Marie Collins has written an open letter to Müller in response to that interview, which she asked NCR to publish.
"I would ask that instead of falling back into the Church's default position of denial and obfuscation, when a criticism like mine is raised the people of the church deserve to be given a proper explanation. We are entitled to transparency, honesty and clarity.

No longer can dysfunction be kept hidden behind institutional closed doors."

01Sep Peter McVerry sj: Social Activist and  Campaigner

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/

20Mar Irish bishops have reverted to regime of ‘secrecy, aloofness and unaccountability’

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.

07Mar Pope Francis must meet with victims of abuse

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.

01Mar Did the Council of Trent enable the sex abuse scandal?

Eugene Cullen Kennedy argues that the sex abuse scrisis can be traced back to the hierarchicalmodel of the Church promoted by the Council of Trent (first published in the National Catholic Reporter on 20 February 2014: read the original article here).

01Mar Murphy report is reviewed in latest ‘Studies’

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)

24Jan Dublin priests’ responses to the Murphy Report are published

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'.

12Dec Mix of fact and fiction in ‘Philomena’ takes from its impact

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).

06Nov ACP report on Yvonne Murphy investigation published

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.


01Nov Government should read review of Murphy Report before launching further investigations

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.