Ireland braces for another Catholic clergy sex abuse report

08:29 November 24th, 2009

Ireland braces for another Catholic clergy sex abuse report

Posted by: Tom Heneghan

irish-reportA damning report on sexual abuse of children by Catholic priests in Dublin is due out later this week, only six months after another report on abuse in industrial and reformatory schools across the country accused priests and nuns of flogging, starving and, in some cases, raping children in their care.

“It will not be easy reading,” Dublin Archbishop Diarmuid Martin said of this new report back in May when the uproar over the first report prompted so many calls to counseling services for abuse victims that the advice centre had to close temporarily because it couldn’t handle all the inquiries.

(Photo: Copy of the first report on clergy child abuse, 20 May 2009/Cathal McNaughton)

The Sunday Independent newspaper, which broke the news, said the report will accuse the four archbishops who preceded Martin of covering up the abuse “to preserve the power and aura of the Church and to avoid giving scandal to their congregations.”

Today, the daily Irish Independent said the diocese’s compensation bill for victims of child abuse is set to double to more than 20 million euros after publication of the report, now expected on Thursday. It is due to be presented to the Irish cabinet today.

“Archbishop Diarmuid Martin has prepared both clergy and public for what we are going to hear.  This is a major  break with the old tradition of secrecy, which played a major part in getting us into this mess,” wrote the Jesuit blogger Fergus O’Donoghue, editor of Studies: an Irish Quarterly Review“Our bishops, however, seem to have an air of  “business as usual”.  This makes them look exactly like our bankers!  They must realise that everything has changed and that diocesan and national synods in Ireland are decades overdue.  We must be assured that secrecy, particularly in the appointment of bishops, has been abandoned and that Irish Catholicism is moving into a new  era of openness and collaboration, even if it is about thirty years too late.”


One thought on “Ireland braces for another Catholic clergy sex abuse report

  1. So the “holy” RC church is up to its old tricks again,is it?Conceal,deny,subvert and slander are the usual methods but I fear that the new age of information exchange and promulgation will put the kybosh on this.
    The RC church is an inhuman organisation which exists solely for the purpose of holding its congregations around the world in awe of the “holy” father.When there is no such thing as heaven what role can this abomination play?Its priests have been at this sort of thing for centuries and not only in Ireland.All churches,mosques and synagogues are the devil’s work-if you accept there is a n evil influence in the world.
    Religions have only served to divide humanity,to corrupt and purvey the illusion that ” someone up there” loves us.Well,there is no one up there and no-one loves the perverted and corrupt priesthood of the most non-christian church in history.
    Send them all down,imprisonment is almost too good for them,the pillories would be better.


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