BBC smoking-gun documentary on Cardinal Brady 'seriously misleading'

The This World documentary, The Shame of the Catholic Church, shown on BBC2 last night (on iPlayer here) exaggerated and seriously misrepresented the role played by Seán Brady, now Cardinal Archbishop of Armagh, in a 1975 internal Church inquiry into the abusive priest Fr Brendan Smyth.

Church meeting to agree global guidelines to combat abuse

Bishops, religious superiors, abuse victims and experts will be meeting in Rome next month to launch a three-year multi-institution e-learning centre designed to help the Church throughout the world deal swiftly and effectively with clerical abuse of minors.

Bishops' resolution on caring for abuse survivors

At their recent meeting in Leeds, the Bishops' Conference of England and Wales passed the following resolution designed to improve the Church's care for victims of clerical sexual abuse.


Portsmouth's bishop comments on High Court liability judgement


Ealing Abbey abuse report: press review

Today's coverage of Lord Carlile's report into mishandling of abuse by the community of Ealing Abbey is generally fair -- with the grand exception of The Times, which attempts to claim credit for the inquiry and then massively distorts it.

Confronting the legacy of abuse

Two stories on sex abuse in the Church in England and Wales have dovetailed today, reinforcing the impression among many that the Church 'has an ongoing problem' with child protection.

The opposite is the case. Precisely because of the need to confront the legacy of abuse which occurred in the 1970s and 1980s, which was then not properly dealt with, when it comes to safeguarding the Catholic Church in England and Wales has become the best prepared and equipped institution in the UK.

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