To mark the first anniversary of the Pastoral Letter of the Holy Father Pope Benedict XVI to the Catholics of Ireland, published in March 2010, the bishops of Ireland launched a pastoral response entitled Towards Healing and Renewal. Its contents represent part of a wider response and longer journey by the Church in helping to bring healing and peace to survivors of abuse.
Dedicated prayers of support and appropriate liturgical resources are available here.
Recent statements and reflections from Irish bishops and the Holy See
17 May 2010 | Statement by Cardinal Seán Brady on the publication today of the Annual Report of the National Board for Safeguarding Children in the Catholic Church in Ireland
15 May 2010 | Statement from Archbishop Dermot Clifford, Archbishop of Cashel and Emly
20 March 2010 | ‘Pastoral Letter of the Holy Father, Pope Benedict XVI, to the Catholics of Ireland’ including the full text of the Pastoral Letter, extracts from the Pastoral Letter, and related Vatican videos.
26 November 2009 | Statement by Cardinal Seán Brady, Archbishop of Armagh and Primate of All Ireland, in response to the publication of the Report of the Commission of Investigation into the sexual abuse of children by priests in the Archdiocese of Dublin