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Top progressive moments so far

With 2020 being one of the most eventful years in living memory, it’s fair to say that it has taken its toll. Whilst the election of a more progressive president in the USA, as well as the prospect of life returning to some degree of normality have provided a glimmer of hope; I’m sure I’m […]

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Damning Verdict: mother and baby homes reported

CW: sexual assault The words used by Irish Taoiseach Michaeál Martin to describe Ireland’s most shameful history: a “profound, generational wrong”. This week, a judicial commission of investigation has published a long-overdue, 2,865-page report that goes some way in laying bare the disgusting nature of Ireland’s mother and baby homes. Active until 1998, these institutions […]

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Headlines on the Catholic Church and child abuse do not present the full picture

The recent conviction of Cardinal Pell confirmed for many people their view that the Catholic Church is an irredeemable institution doing far more harm than good for the world. But is this entirely fair? The abuse of children by clergy is horrific but what is perhaps more devastating is the cover-up that has followed many […]

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Abuse within the Catholic Church: the Vatican today

Content warning: mentions sexual abuse, paedophilia  After last week, when Pope Francis II defrocked Cardinal Theodore McCarrick due to accusations of sexual assault and called for action at the Vatican summit on sexual abuse, I believe that the Catholic Church is moving one step closer to becoming an institution that practices what it preaches. In […]