In Ireland these days it is almost dangerous for a priest to walk down the street, and with good reason. From the Magdalene asylums, to the current pedophilia scandals the Catholic Church has been rocked to its core.
How and why did the Church cover up such horrible crimes – and in doing so perpetuate them for decades?
This scandal has reached to the highest levels of the Catholic Church:
DUBLIN — Pope Benedict XVI’s unprecedented letter to Ireland apologizing for chronic child abuse within the Catholic Church failed Saturday to calm the anger of many victims, who accused the Vatican of ducking its own responsibility in promoting a worldwide culture of cover-up.
The pope, who himself stands accused of approving the transfer of an accused priest for treatment rather than informing German police during his 1977-82 term as Munich archbishop, suggested that child-abusing priests could have been expelled quickly had Irish bishops applied the church’s own laws correctly. He pledged a church inspection of unspecified dioceses and orders in Ireland to ensure their child-protection policies were effective.
Ireland on edge as church sex abuse report nears
THE bucolic peace of County Donegal, in the north-west of Ireland, is about to be shattered by a report into the paedophiles, both clergy and laity, who abused children for decades.
An investigation into clerical sex abuse in the Catholic diocese of Raphoe, in County Donegal, is about to report its findings, which are expected to be damning. New evidence has also emerged from victims of a parallel paedophile ring operating in the same Gaelic-speaking corner of the republic.
Archdiocese Must Release Files of Priests in Sex Abuse Cases: Settlement
Chicago – It’s a new protocol that can have an affect on abuse dating back to the 1950s. Under a legal settlement, the Archdiocese will have to release files about 35 priests accused of sexual misconduct and how the cases were handled.
The lawyer for 12 abuse victims said when a priest is found to be credibly accused, the priest and Archdiocese will now have 60 days to object to releasing the files.
Inquiry into child abuse
In May 2009, the Commission to Inquire into Child Abuse released a 2000-page report recording claims from hundreds of Irish residents that they were physically, sexually, or emotionally abused as children between the 1930s and the 1990s in a network of state-administered and church-run residential schools meant to care for the poor, the vulnerable, and the unwanted. The alleged abuse was by nuns, priests and non-clerical staff and helpers. The allegations of abuse cover many Catholic (Magdalene), Protestant (Bethany) and State-run Irish Industrial schools.
The Commission stated:
There were two types of inquiry, one drawing on contested evidence (Investigation Committee) and the other on uncontested evidence (Confidential Committee), which reported to the Commission. Between them the Commission received the evidence of over 1,500 witnesses who attended or were resident as children in schools and care facilities in the State, particularly industrial and reformatory schools.
Abuse endemic in Irish boys schools, says independent report
By Cian Molloy
Catholic News Service
DUBLIN, Ireland (CNS) — Physical and sexual abuse was endemic in Irish institutions for boys run by religious between 1940 and the late 1970s, said an independent commission report.
A report released May 20 by the Commission to Inquire Into Child Abuse said a climate of fear created by pervasive, excessive and arbitrary punishment permeated most of Ireland’s institutions for children and all those run for boys. During the period examined, more than 25,000 children were in the care of these institutions, where they lived with the daily terror of not knowing where the next beating was coming from, said the report.