Tuesday, July 21, 2009

When adults have unquestioned power over children

It often is misused:
DUBLIN (AFP) – A shocking new report has identified hundreds of victims of child sex abuse by Irish Catholic priests, officials said Tuesday, two months after a landmark study found "endemic" mistreatment.

A government-appointed commission of investigation headed by a judge has been probing allegations of abuse by priests in the archdiocese of Dublin -- the country's biggest -- since March 2006.

Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin has warned that the report -- presented to Justice Minister Dermot Ahern on Tuesday -- would "shock us all."

It is the first time the state has investigated how the once-powerful Church in mainly Catholic Ireland has run its affairs.

It probed whether the Church reported abuse allegations or attempted to "obstruct, prevent or interfere with the proper investigation" of complaints.

A spokeswoman for the archdiocese said the Church authorities had identified between 400 and 450 people that allege they were abused by one of 152 Dublin priests since 1940.

"I would like to stress that that is a very conservative estimate and is likely to rise," she told AFP.
Will the Catholic Church actually learn from this? Is it possible? We can only wait and see....


Mike Goldman said...

What lesson would you expect the Roman church to learn? This has always been their way. Perhaps they will try harder to keep it secret?

ellroon said...

I want to rip off the roof on the secret room of files that shunted 'troubled' priests from parish to parish, wounding children and leaving wreckage behind them.

How dare they try to tell people how to live their lives in accordance with God when they can't even get their own house in order?

Mike Goldman said...

Om Bhur Bhuva Svah Tat Savitur Varenyam Bhargo Devasya Dhimahi Dhiyo Yonah Pracodayat.

Mike Goldman said...


ellroon said...

:D... there is a song for everything, isn't there?

Mike Goldman said...

Yes. Music is a fine weapon, isn't it?

ellroon said...

Christopher Walken dances?!!11! That is hilarious ... and fun.