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    Sworn to Silence

    Sworn to Silence

    Brendan Boland was an eleven-year-old altar boy when he first met Father Brendan Smyth and the priest started abusing him. When he was 14,  Brendan finally plucked up the courage to report the abuse to a young priest. He was then questioned before a group of priests and sworn to secrecy. After the interrogation, Brendan and his parents trusted that the Church would stop Smyth. They didn’t, and 20 years later, living in England, Brendan discovered that Smyth had continued to abuse children. Brendan has just published Sworn To Silence, his memoir of his experience.

    http://www.rte.ie/radio1/today-with-sean-o-rourke/programmes/2014/0729/633742-today-with-sean-o-rourke-tuesday-29-july-2014/?clipid=1639882
    Mary McAleese Comments

    Mary McAleese Comments

    This October, there will be a synod of 150 Bishops in Rome to review the Catholic Church’s teaching on family life.  Yesterday, former president Mary McAleese described this plan by Pope Francis as ‘bonkers’ and that there was ‘just something profoundly wrong and skewed’ that male celibates should be involved in such a discussion. Joining Sean was David Quinn of the Iona Institute and columnist for the Irish Independent and theologian Gina Menzies whose name, along with that of the former president, was submitted to the Vatican as possible advisors for a synod in 2015 for Irish group We Are Church.

    http://www.rte.ie/radio1/today-with-sean-o-rourke/programmes/2014/0617/624394-today-with-sean-o-rourke-tuesday-17-june-2014/?clipid=1603651
    Bethany Homes

    Bethany Homes

    The Taoiseach said yesterday that an inquiry into the Tuam mother and baby home could also include other similar institutions around the country. Derek Leinster spent the first few years of his life at the Bethany Mother and Baby Home in Dublin. Over the last five years, he has discovered unmarked graves where more than 200 children from the Bethany Homes were buried. Sean with spoke Derek and Patsy McGarry of the Irish Times

    http://www.rte.ie/radio1/today-with-sean-o-rourke/programmes/2014/0606/621955-today-with-sean-o-rourke-friday-6-june-2014/?clipid=1594211
    Tuam Children

    Tuam Children

    The revelation last week that the remains discovered in a mass grave in Tuam, County Galway may actually have been those of hundreds of babies born in a home for unmarried mothers has re-opened one of darkest periods in Irish State history. Further evidence has now emerged on the potential cause of death of those – and thousands of other infants born in other such homes – actually died. In many cases, the babies died from the effects of starvation. Neil Michael is Chief Reporter with The Irish Daily Mail. He has been investigating three homes run by one order ...

    http://www.rte.ie/radio1/today-with-sean-o-rourke/programmes/2014/0604/621488-today-with-sean-o-rourke-wednesday-4-june-2014/?clipid=1592371
    Mary McAleese and The Church

    Mary McAleese and The Church

    It’s been reported in the Glasgow Herald that former President Mary McAleese has been critical of the Catholic Church’s stance on gays Her outspoken comments were made to the paper ahead of an address to the Royal Society in Edinburgh last month. Sean spoke with Patsy McGarry, Religious Affairs Correspondent with the Irish Times

    http://www.rte.ie/radio1/today-with-sean-o-rourke/programmes/2014/0108/496558-today-with-sean-o-rourke-wednesday-8-january-2014/?clipid=1390048
    Archbishop Eamon Martin

    Archbishop Eamon Martin

    Back in august of this year Eamon Martin was ordained as the catholic co-adjutor archbishop of Armagh. When Cardinal Brady retires he will be tasked with leading the well over 3 million catholics on the island of Ireland. The Catholic Church here has come through a very difficult time with the fallout from the clerical abuse scandal but no doubt church leaders including Eamon Martin are hoping that the “Pope Francis Effect” will lead to a re-energised and re-invigorated church. He came in to speak to Sean this morning.

    http://www.rte.ie/radio1/today-with-sean-o-rourke/programmes/2013/1220/494020-today-with-sean-o-rourke-friday-20-december-2013/?clipid=1381866
    Child Abuse and the Church

    Child Abuse and the Church

    The details of eight audits by the National Board for Safeguarding Children in the Catholic Church covering the period from 1975 up to the present day have been published this morning. The audits cover six dioceses and two major orders - the Christian Brothers and the Kiltegan Fathers. On the line was Theresa Devlin Interim CEO of the National Board for Safeguarding Children.

    http://www.rte.ie/radio1/today-with-sean-o-rourke/programmes/2013/1210/491964-today-with-sean-o-rourke-tuesday-10-december-2013/?clipid=1374413

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