Listening to survivors of abuse

Posted on 28. Feb, 2019 in Christian Values, Crime

Jim Corkery is a Jesuit theologian who teaches in the Gregorian University in Rome. He also assists in the Centre for the Protection of Minors there, working at times with Hans Zollner SJ, a psychologist and leading expert on child sexual abuse. In this interview with Pat Coyle, he reflects on the recent summit on […]

Freedom of Angels

Posted on 08. Jan, 2019 in Conflict, Crime, Grief, Stress

Bernadette Fahy, counsellor, writer and survivor of institutional abuse talks with Pat Coyle about how her faith was broken by the Church. She says that the faith of survivors was broken, not just once but three times. She grew up in Goldenbridge, and in her book, Freedom of Angels  she tells the inside story of […]

Abused Priest meets Pope

Posted on 29. Nov, 2018 in Christian Values, Crime, Vocation

Father Paddy McCafferty was one of the eight abuse victims who met with the Pope while he was visiting Ireland in August. The Belfast priest, who was abused during his training, said that Pope Francis accepted responsibility for the abuse during his visit and was very visceral in his condemnation of the abusers. Fr Paddy […]

Response to Pennsylvania Report

Posted on 06. Sep, 2018 in Crime, Grief

Renowned American Jesuit, James Martin, who spoke to us about his talk in the RDS on  “Showing welcome and respect in our parishes for LGBT people and their families” gives his response to the recent Pennsylvania report in the United States. Being from Pennsylvania himself, he felt particularly horrified it and he says that it […]

The Pope’s Biggest Challenge

Posted on 23. Aug, 2018 in Christian Values, Community, Conflict, Crime

This week we have a special edition dedicated to the Pope’s visit. One of the most challenging things that many believed Pope Francis would have to face on his visit was the issue of addressing abuse within the church and listening to survivors. Kevin O’Rourke SJ, assistant director of Jesuit novices, speaks to Pat Coyle […]

Restricting travel for Paedophiles

Posted on 19. Apr, 2018 in Christian Values, Community, Crime, Faith and Justice, Humanitarian Aid

Fr Shay Cullen, an Irish missionary and  four-time Nobel Peace Prize nominee has called on Ireland and other wealthier countries to restrict paedophiles from foreign travel. He also called for their passports to be highlighted in such a way that they could not gain entry to countries like the Philippines, Cambodioa, Laos, Vietnam and Thai Land […]

Prayer against Human Trafficking

Posted on 26. Jan, 2017 in Christian Values, Community, Conflict, Crime, Gospel Values, Young people

Feb 8th is the feast day of St Josephine Bakhita, a Sudanese-born former slave who became a nun. It is also the international day of prayer and awareness against human trafficking. St Bakhita’s experience of being enslaved and sold continues today with human trafficking still being one of the largest illegal industries. Ruth Kilcullen from MECPATHS […]

The Volunteer Part 2

Posted on 17. Nov, 2016 in Christian Values, Conflict, Crime, Gospel Values, Prison

This second part of The Volunteer continues by looking at how Shane O’Doherty was arrested and his subsequent life in prison. It explores how he turned from a bomber to someone who publically and privately called for an end to all violence. He talks about the power of prayer and how it sustains him through life […]

Preventing Trafficking

Posted on 14. Jul, 2016 in Christian Values, Church Teachings, Crime, Faith and Justice, Feminism/Women in the Church, Human Trafficking

Ruth Killcullen is director of Mecpaths, Mercy Efforts to Counter Child Prostitution and Trafficking in the Hospitality Sector. Her work focuses on raising awareness amongst hotel owners of the prevalence of children being abused on their premises. She is also an advocate of legislation that follows the Nordic model in making paying for sex illegal […]

Reporting on Sex Abuse cases

Posted on 23. Jun, 2016 in Crime

Professor Peter Steinfels on left Professor Peter Steinfels at Fordham University, New York worked as a religious columnist for the New York Times from 1990-2000. He looked at how the media might be used as a source for the history of the Catholic sex abuse scandals in the United States. While he feels that the […]