The savage reality of our darkest days
By THE IRISH TIMES
Added: Wed, 20 May 2009 23:00:00 UTC
We have received lots of links about this issue. This is an editorial from today. "This powerful editorial in The Irish Times (21st May 2009) warns of both the dangers of Theocracy and the need for a completely secular State." /Mike
Thanks to Anvil for the link.
THE REPORT of the Commission to Inquire into Child Abuse is the map of an Irish hell. It defines the contours of a dark hinterland of the State, a parallel country whose existence we have long known but never fully acknowledged. It is a land of pain and shame, of savage cruelty and callous indifference.
The instinct to turn away from it, repelled by its profoundly unsettling ugliness, is almost irresistible. We owe it, though, to those who have suffered there to acknowledge from now on that it is an inescapable part of Irish reality. We have to deal with the now-established fact that, alongside the warmth and intimacy, the kindness and generosity of Irish life, there was, for most of the history of the State, a deliberately maintained structure of vile and vicious abuse.
Mr Justice Ryanâs report does not suggest that this abuse was as bad as most of us suspected. It shows that it was worse. It may indeed have been even worse than the report actually finds – there are indications that âthe level of sexual abuse in boysâ institutions was much higher than was revealed by the records or could be discovered by this investigationâ.
With a calm but relentless accumulation of facts, the report blows away all the denials and obfuscations, all the moral equivocations and evasions that we have heard from some of the religious orders and their apologists. The sheer scale and longevity of the torment inflicted on defenceless children – over 800 known abusers in over 200 institutions during a period of 35 years – should alone make it clear that it was not accidental or opportunistic but systematic.
The Commission to Inquire into Child Abuse was made available to the public on 20th May 2009 and is available for download here:
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