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Martin O'Brien: Mary McAleese poses serious question on role of women in Catholic Church

Martin O’Brien
“How much filth there is in the Church, and even among those who, in the priesthood, ought to belong entirely to Him[Jesus Christ]!” The anguished words of Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger in Rome on Good Friday 2005 lamenting the horrors of clerical sex abuse during a profound meditation on the Stations of the Cross just 25 days before his election as Pope Benedict XVI.

Rape trial takes further extraordinary twists

The rugby rape case has proved unprecedented in a number of respects, not least in terms of the social media commentary that has been a constant throughout the nine weeks of the trial.

Exploitation of children can often be very difficult to spot

Sunday (March 18) marked  National Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) Awareness Day across the UK. CSE is a particularly horrendous form of sexual abuse that involves the manipulation or coercion of young people into sexual activity.

Rugby rape trial raises serious issues

In terms of the Northern Ireland justice system, there has probably never been a case like the rugby rape trial, as it has become known, which resulted in the acquittal on all charges of the four defendants.

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