Archbishop of Dublin Says Priests Cannot Deny Same-Sex Couples A Blessing

Couples in so-called irregular unions, including same sex couples, cannot be refused a blessing by a Catholic priest, Archbishop of Dublin Dermot Farrell has said. In a statement on Monday he noted how last month’s Vatican declaration on the matter said “prudence and attention to the ecclesial context and to the local culture” could allow … Read more

‘All Optics, No Substance’: Survivors React to Vatican Abuse Summit

Clerical child sexual abuse survivors in Ireland and abroad have reacted with disappointment to the four-day meeting at the Vatican on the protection of minors, which ended on Sunday. In his final strongly worded address to 190 Catholic Church leaders from around the world, Pope Francis called for the eradication of child abuse “from the face of the earth” and how in “the … Read more

Sexual Abuse Victims Group Calls for Removal of Cardinals Wuerl, Farrell and Maradiaga from World Meeting of Families Line-Up

A group representing clerical child sex survivors worldwide has written an open letter to Catholic Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin seeking the removal of three cardinals from World Meeting of Families (WMOF) events in Dublin later this month. Archbishop Martin is chairing the WMOF board. Ending Clergy Abuse (ECA) represents survivors in 15 countries and … Read more