Irish Church accused of abuse cover-up
Added: Thu, 26 Nov 2009 00:00:00 UTC
Thanks to Norry for the link.
A damning report into child abuse in the Dublin archdiocese has criticised the Catholic Church hierarchy for covering up the abuse.
The report investigated how Church and state authorities handled allegations of child abuse against 46 priests.
It found that the Church placed its own reputation above the protection of children in its care.
It also said that state authorities facilitated the cover-up by allowing the Church to operate outside the law.
Reacting to the report, the current Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin said "no words of apology would ever be sufficient" and offered "to each and every survivor, my apology, my sorrow and my shame for what happened to them".
He added that the "many good priests of the archdiocese" shared his sense of shame.
The "Report of the Commission of Investigation into the Catholic Archdiocese of Dublin" covered a period from 1975 to 2004.
It has laid bare a culture of concealment where church leaders prioritised the protection of their own institution above that of vulnerable children in their care.
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