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
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.
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.