Pope Francis has announced he will meet a group of sex abuse victims next month at the Vatican and declared "zero tolerance" for any member of the clergy who would violate a child.
The Catholic Church needs to do more to help survivors of child abuse, according to the watchdog for child protection.
A Catholic priest has said he would do anything to protect a child, but that he would not break the seal of confession.
The Vatican “systematically” adopted policies that allowed priests to rape and molest tens of thousands of children over decades, a UN human rights committee said today.
Pope Benedict XVI defrocked nearly 400 priests in two years for molesting children, a document obtained by the Associated Press shows.
The Vatican has told Polish prosecutors that its former ambassador to the Dominican Republic, under investigation for alleged sex abuse, is covered by diplomatic immunity.
A Roman Catholic priest who won an appeal against his landmark conviction in the church sex abuse scandal has left a Pennsylvania prison after 18 months behind bars.
A former priest who received a 16 year prison sentence for the sexual abuse of nine boys in the 70s and 80s has admitted abusing two other boys.
There has been a slight increase in the number of allegations of abuse being reported to the National Board for the Safeguarding of Children in the Catholic Church in Ireland.
Ian Elliott, the Catholic church’s own watchdog on child protection measures in Ireland, has detailed the policies now in place to prevent child abuse in several dioceses.
A retired Catholic bishop has admitted mistakes after a watchdog found opportunities to stop dangerous paedophile priests were consistently missed.
A former priest who sexually abused two 13-year-old boys in the 1970s in Dublin and Kildare has received an 18-month jail sentence today.
The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles is to reveal 30,000 pages of confidential personnel files without blacking out the names of church leaders who knew about sexual abuse by priests.
Monsignor Eamon Martin has been appointed assistant bishop in the Archdiocese of Armagh, as Cardinal Sean Brady plans to retire as head of the Catholic Church in Ireland.
A new bishop has been appointed to the diocese of Cloyne in Co Cork for the first time in two years following a scandal over the handling of abuse allegations.
The Australian state of New South Wales has ordered a special inquiry to look into claims the Catholic Church covered up for paedophile priests.
More than 600 cases of child sex abuse have been confirmed in the Roman Catholic Church in the Australian state of Victoria.
The Taoiseach will meet the Pope later this morning for first time since Mr Kenny's Dail speech which strongly attacked the Vatican's handling of the clerical sex abuse issue in Ireland.
The first American bishop criminally charged in the clergy sex abuse scandal was found guilty of a misdemeanour count of failing to report suspected child abuse, a conviction that extends the struggle of Catholic leaders to restore trust in the church.
A Dublin priest has said that if an audit were done of every religious congregation in the country, many more cases of child abuse - and their cover-up - would be revealed.
A long-serving bishop has sparked a storm of controversy over his fitness for the job after revealing he used to think paedophilia was friendship gone too far.
Barnardos chief executive Fergus Finlay has described as "a childish excuse" comments from Bishop of Clonfert John Kirby that he previously regarded paedophilia as a "friendship that crossed a boundary line".
Ian Elliot, the head of the Catholic Church's own watchdog on child protection measures, has detailed the policies now in place to prevent child abuse.
Bishop of Clonfert John Kirby said today that he had previously regarded paedophilia as a "friendship that crossed a boundary line"
Allegations of abuse were made against 18 priests of the Diocese of Limerick between 1975 and March of this year.
A report on the diocese of Clonfert in Galway has found that allegations were made against seven priests overall since 1975.
An audit of child safeguarding practices at the diocese of Cork and Ross has found that 26 priests had allegations of abuse made against them between 1975 and 2011.
The Bishop of Clonfert has today apologised for moving two priests from one parish to another in the 1990s after they abused children.
Seven reports into child safe-guarding practices in the Catholic church will be published this morning.
Pope Benedict has said the Catholic Church had been shaken "in an appalling way" by the revelation of sins committed by clergy members "against people entrusted to their care".
A survivor of institutional abuse has criticised the Pope's envoy for meeting victims in secret during a pilgrimage.
A total of 237 new abuse allegations were reported to the National Board for Safeguarding Children in the Catholic Church (NBSCCC) in the year to the end of March.
More than €10m in compensation has been paid out to victims of paedophile priests in the Dublin area, it was revealed today.
The low number of prosecutions for the violence and sex attacks suffered by children in religious-run institutions has been criticised by Amnesty International.
Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin has called for an independent investigation into past allegations of clerical sex abuse.
Another Government Minister has today called on Cardinal Sean Brady to consider his position as the Catholic Primate of Ireland.
Education Minister Ruairi Quinn has today said that he is "not comfortable" that Cardinal Sean Brady is in charge of the Catholic church, which runs the majority of schools in the State.
Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin said today that Cardinal Seán Brady should consider his position as head of the Catholic church in Ireland.
Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore said that it is his personal view that the Catholic Primate of all Ireland, Cardinal Seán Brady, should resign in the wake of the latest abuse scandal.
A prominent priest said today that he believes Cardinal Sean Brady was willing to offer his resignation two years ago, but the Vatican refused.
A prominent canon lawyer has said that he believes Cardinal Sean Brady's position as Primate of all Ireland is untenable.
One of Fr Brendan Smyth's victims said today that Cardinal Sean Brady is a flawed man for not speaking out in the past against the paedophile priest.
The head of the Catholic Church in Ireland, Cardinal Sean Brady, has vowed to stay on as he attempted to distance himself from a secret inquiry into one of the country's most dangerous paedophiles.
Taoiseach Enda Kenny said today that Cardinal Sean Brady needs to "reflect" on the contents of a BBC documentary on Fr Brendan Smyth.
Ireland's most senior cleric Cardinal Sean Brady said today his role in a 1975 investigation into paedophile Brendan Smyth had been exaggerated.
The founder of One in Four, Colm O'Gorman, has said that Cardinal Sean Brady's defence of his role in a 1975 abuse inquiry is "just not good enough".
Cardinal Sean Brady has today issued a statement in response to regarding new revelations regarding alleged mishandling of allegations against paedophile Brendan Smyth.
The Vatican's chief investigator has today insisted that Ireland's most senior cleric has no case to answer regarding renewed allegations of mishandling of allegations against the paedophile Brendan Smyth.
The founder of One in Four has called for Cardinal Sean Brady to admit he failed to act appropriately by not reporting the abuse of children in 1975.
Cardinal Sean Brady is expected to give a statement later about claims in a BBC documentary that he failed to act in 1975 to save children from being abused by paedophile priest Fr Brendan Smyth.
Abuse victims support group One in Four has said new allegations surrounding Cardinal Seán Brady's role in the Brendan Smyth abuse scandal require an explanation from the Cardinal.
Catholic priests in Ireland were treated like imbeciles during a Vatican probe into the clerical child abuse crisis that rocked the country, it has been claimed.
The Vatican was accused today of not accepting responsibility for its role in the cover-up of the sex abuse of children in Ireland.
One in Four has said the Vatican is still not accepting responsibility for the purposeful cover-ups of clerical child sex abuse.
Changes should be made to seminaries and admission criteria for would-be priests, a Vatican report on the child abuse crisis in the Catholic Church in Ireland has warned.
A Vatican report ordered by Pope Benedict XVI in the wake of the Murphy and Ryan inquiries into clerical child sex abuse is to be published in Rome later.
Archbishop of Dublin Dr Diarmuid Martin has said that the scandal of clerical child sexual abuse is not over and that safeguards for children must remain in place.
The Pope will be treated with respect if he comes to Ireland, Taoiseach Enda Kenny said as he insisted the closure of the Vatican embassy was not about religion.
The Catholic Church has launched an international internet centre against paedophilia at the close of a four-day Vatican summit aimed at ending decades of abuses and cover-ups.
Catholic leaders from around the world are in Rome for a Vatican summit to find ways to root out paedophilia in the clergy.