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Report: Irish Catholic Church Kept Child Abuse Secret

Posted on Nov 27, 2009
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Saint Patrick’s Cathedral is one of many Catholic houses of worship in Dublin where the local archdiocese has become embroiled in a child abuse controversy involving its clerics.

According to a newly released report commissioned by the Irish government, the Archdiocese of Dublin and other Catholic authorities in Ireland kept hundreds of complaints concerning the sexual abuse of children by members of the clergy covered up—for nearly 30 years.  —KA


Archbishop Diarmuid Martin apologized Thursday in a news conference. “No words of apology can ever be sufficient,” he said.

And Dermot Ahern, Ireland’s justice minister, said he felt a “a growing sense of revulsion and anger” as he read the report.

“Bottom line is this: A collar will protect no villain,” he said.

The commission was set up in March 2006 to look into allegations of child sexual abuse made against clergy in the Irish capital. Its report was completed in July.

Although the commission said it was not its place to “establish whether or not abuse occurred ... it is abundantly clear ... that child sexual abuse by clerics was widespread throughout the period.”

One victim, Marie Collins, said those who covered up the abuse were just as guilty as the perpetrators of the crimes.

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By littlebird, January 17, 2010 at 3:42 pm Link to this comment
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The website for The Free Christians for the Christ of the Sermon on the Mount in All Cultures Worldwide has been changed to:

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By Cheyenne, December 27, 2009 at 8:54 pm Link to this comment
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Until child sex offenders are truly and humanely held responsible for their actions - whether this be in institutions or in family systems - this world will continue to be a mess - and get worse.  I once heard it said that child abuse is the biggest weapon of mass destruction out there - and I agree, 100%.  When will people stop blaming victims?  Stop thinking an apology is “enough?”  Stop doling out sentences like (this is worse than a bad joke) “house arrest” - or “community service” - ?  And stop making excuses for the atrocity of child abuse - whenever and where-ever it occurs?  Is child abuse systematic?  Is it serving a purpose for the church - for different societies - for the perps AND the people up top?????  How are caste systems perpetrated anyhow…  What is behind curtain number three?  When are we going to see ZERO tolerance in this arena?

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By Littlebird, December 18, 2009 at 9:41 am Link to this comment
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Since the Catholic Church has been exposed, more and more is also being revealed within other so called Christian denominations. All is equal under god and abuse is still abuse, no matter what they abuser calls himself. Absolutely agree. Perhaps there should also be a campaign that Protestant churches no longer call themselves Christian.

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By Mike Ellis, December 18, 2009 at 2:20 am Link to this comment
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Why, as is clear by the complete lack of interest on the part of the press & media has the truth behind the sufferings of Protestant children been totally ignored as if somehow such victims were and still are children of a lesser God?

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By Littlebird, December 17, 2009 at 8:07 pm Link to this comment
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It is about time that the fruits of the Catholic Church are finally being exposed!  Making such an investigation public knowledge is a welcome step! And as far as a governmental apology is concerned, better late than never! However, an apology only has as much force as the action that follows it. May we look forward to a new wind blowing in the area of public service? Too bad past wrongs have not been compensated. Wouldn’t that show seriousness of intent? A true and lasting change in society requires self-analysis. So, before everything is relegated to yesterday’s news, wouldn’t it bring healing to ask the question “why”? Why was such a perversion covered up for so long by an organization that claims to be the guardian of Christian ethics and morals? And why was this allowed by the authorities for so long? Were church and state in each others pockets? The harm to society is immeasurable! Who can gauge the crumbling ethics and morals in society and the increasing cynicism because of such conduct? And what about the victims and their families who were deeply and emotionally traumatized?! And let us not forget the alienation from God in society caused by such “bastions” of religious faith! Where does the responsibility lie for all this? Enforced celibacy has no biblical foundation at all! Why was it instituted in the first place?!

What would Jesus of Nazareth say if He came to the Earth and saw what the church – which claims to speak for Him – has made of His life’s work?

A move has been made by a small group of people against such shameful sham Christianity. They’ve put out a website and call themselves “The Free Christians for the Christ of the Sermon on the Mount in All Cultures Worldwide.” At this website they announce a lawsuit against the Catholic Church – of all places, in Germany, a bastion of the Catholic institution! And the sexual abuse of young people is one of the reasons they give for having taken such a step. As they put it, they do not want to remain silent anymore on the “brazen labelling fraud,” with which Christ is mocked and His name abused to such an extent. They demand that the Archbishopric in Freiburg, headed by Zollitsch, and representing the Catholic Church in its totality, be enjoined from calling itself “Christian.”

As a Christian, I fully support this and consider it high time that someone calls a spade a spade. Nothing against the sincere folk and priests who work hard and honestly, upholding the ideals of a Christian life. But as an institution, it has taken on a life of its own, and one could indeed ask if there is anything Christian about it! I commend the courage of these people to call the Church to task. Perhaps your readers would like to check them out:
There seems to be a grassroots movement to bring this up for discussion on the internet. Surely this could be very healthy for our society!

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By derek linster, November 29, 2009 at 2:06 pm Link to this comment
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Great to see the Catholic Church made to accept
responsibility in child abuse. Shame on the Irish
Government and Church of Ireland for not having an
enquiry into the non catholic abuse to childre.n abuse

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By Purple Girl, November 29, 2009 at 6:40 am Link to this comment

The Plague of Humanity for about 2 Millenia!
For the relatively short period the ‘Christians’ can claim persecution - they have inflicted far worse on humnaity a hundred times over.
Add it to the Litany of Atrocities committed by this Organized Crime syndicate during it’s reign of Terror.
Hindsight being 20/20 (and not fearing I’ll be tortured, raped and burned at the stake for it)why do you think this Sect choose The Roman preface? Why do you think they worship the very form of Torture and murder committed against Christ. Cruxification was the Romans method, not the Jews. Why do you think they still practice Polytheism with all their Archangels and Saints they pray to? The Archangel Michael, or is it Mars?
The heirarchy of has used the churches like Greek bath houses. Do they think the alter boys are there to amuse them??
“Peter the Rock” the babies were bashed against, as far as I’m concerned.

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By Rodney, November 28, 2009 at 8:12 pm Link to this comment
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The biggest homofobics are the biggest homosexuals. Sounds a lot like the Republican Party. The Catholic Church has been covering up sexual behavior since they became the Catholic Church. Celibacy is unrealistic. Maybe if you’re a 85 year old Priest or Nun who no longer have a libido, then celibacy is okay. But a 21 year old Priest on Nun fresh out of college is not going to remain celibate. So they pray, then they prey. On the most vunerable people. People trying to find themselves and their beliefs. They cover it up, along with denials from the masses and they blame the victims. Millions of dollars that were suppose to Catholic Charities and Schools,quietly settles lawsuits. As long as the believers continue to follow without any accountability, and keep the tithes coming in, the cycle of hipocracy will continue to tarnish the Catholic Church.

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By Spike, November 28, 2009 at 4:07 pm Link to this comment
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It is the only contraception method approved by the
Pope: Since the acolytes can’t get pregnant it is
acceptable for the priests to fuck them.

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By Mike Ellis, November 28, 2009 at 4:59 am Link to this comment
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Whilst all the attention has been focused on the Catholic Church and its wanton ability to undermined the word of God when it comes to child abuse, what has not been investigated to date or even reported on is the fact that the Protestant Church of Ireland were also complicit in child abuse and still at this moment in time the current Bishop of Ireland refuses to acknowledge his churches role in ungodly acts against children whilst managing children’s homes. Indeed no-one in the press or media has requested the evidence we as a national charity have in our possession as if somehow Protestants are children of a lesser God?

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By Attorney, November 27, 2009 at 11:38 pm Link to this comment
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Thinking of the children is what got these bastards into this mess.

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