Sarah Mac Donald is a freelance journalist based in Dublin, Ireland. She contributes to The Tablet, the Irish Independent and NCR. She researched and produced the documentary "Mary Ward – Dangerous Visionary," which tells the story of the 16th-century foundress of the Institute of the Blessed Virgin Mary and the Congregation of Jesus. She has contributed to books, including The Francis Factor: A New Departure (Columba Press, 2014) and God's Entrepreneurs: How Irish Missionaries Tried to Change the World (New Island Books, 2010).
Sarah Mac Donald
Women who worked in Ireland's "Magdalene laundries" but were denied compensation under the state's Magdalene Restorative Justice program have won their long-running battle to have their applications reassessed
Dublin Archbishop Diarmuid Martin warned there was "a danger of complacency or inertia or of slippage into false confidence" in the church's fight against clerical abuse.
Tiernan Brady of Equal Future, a coalition of 100 LGBT groups and Catholic religious from over 60 countries, said the youth synod is the "closest thing the church gets to a democratic process" and that it is an opportunity to discuss real challenges.
Marie Collins, a survivor of Irish clerical sex abuse, has given her backing to Boston Cardinal Sean O'Malley as president of the Vatican's Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors.