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People pray for the victims of child sex abuse during a special service at a Catholic church outside Paris on Oct. 5, 2021. A new French report estimates that more than 200,000 children were abused by clergy since 1950. AP Photo/Michel Euler

The Catholic Church sex abuse crisis: 4 essential reads

A French report on the scale of sexual abuse by Catholic clergy is the latest revelation in the crisis, but its roots go back decades – or more. Here are a few of our many related articles.
In the 20th century Magdalene laundries were punitive institutions where young “fallen” women – pregnant and unmarried – endured a daily regime of silence, prayer and hard labour. The last Magdalene laundry closed in 1996. William Murphy/lFlickr

Ireland’s shame: reforming an adoption system marked by secrecy and trauma

The conservative Catholic moral code that underpinned adoption in Ireland penalised vulnerable women and their children. Now a proposed new law seeks to redress the impact of this legacy of shame.
Women’s rights activists with posters of the Women’s Strike symbol protest in Warsaw, Poland, in October 2020 against a further tightening of Poland’s already restrictive abortion laws. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)

Polish women reject the Catholic Church’s hold on their country

The women’s movement in Poland faces a powerful and as yet unchallenged adversary in the Catholic Church.The protesters have correctly shone a spotlight on the church for its hold on Polish politics.

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