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A sad story on Thanksgiving day. A report released in May of 2009 details 70 years of child abuse allegations by the Church in Ireland.
A New York Times article today explains that “The Archdiocese of Dublin and other Catholic Church authorities covered up clerical child abuse until the mid-1990s”.
“The Dublin Archdiocese’s pre-occupations in dealing with cases of child sexual abuse, at least until the mid 1990s, were the maintenance of secrecy, the avoidance of scandal, the protection of the reputation of the Church, and the preservation of its assets,” the report said.
“The welfare of children, which should have been the first priority, was not even a factor to be considered in the early stages,” it said.
Archbishop Diarmuid Martin apologized Thursday in a news conference. “No words of apology can be sufficient,” he said.
The report states that “… it is abundantly clear … that child sexual abuse by clerics was widespread throughout the period.”
Children are viewed by many as second class citizens. Some treat children worse than livestock.
This story follows one I posted about a few weeks ago. Poor children in England were taken from their parents and shipped to Australia and Canada with promises of a better life. Some of the parents did not know what happened to their children. Once the children arrived at the destinations they were abused, ended up in institutions and used as child laborers.
It is a sick world out there. Those in power must use it wisely. And if they don’t they should suffer the consequences. Apologies are not enough.