Other than the death of a child at the hands of a pedophile, nothing is more reviling than Catholic priests sexually abusing children, with the police complicit in a 30 year coverup. That is what has been going on in Ireland for 30-some years.
Two priests are actually named in this report as pedophiles: Father Carney and Father McCarthy. Many more are reported but nameless.
This 700-page report says the church was granted immunity, and parts of the report have been redacted to "prevent pending or potential prosecutions of abusers...."
Authorities enjoyed a cosy relationship with the Church and did not enforce the law as four archbishops, obsessed with secrecy and avoiding scandal, protected abusers and reputations at all costs, the report said..The report just issued with results from a three-year investigation, cites four Archbishops in Dublin with knowing about child abuse and covering it up. Three of the Archbishops are dead, John Charles McQuaid, Dermot Ryan and Kevin McNamara. The fourth is retired Cardinal Desmond Connell:
Hundreds of crimes against children from the 1960s to the 1990s were not reported while police treated clergy as though they were above the law.
The report, launched today by the Irish justice minister, Dermot Ahern, also concluded that the vast majority of priests turned a "blind eye" to abuse, although some individuals did bring complaints to superiors, which were not acted upon.
The report, commissioned by the government, strongly criticises the Garda [police] and says senior members of the force regarded priests as being outside their investigative remit. The relationship between some senior gardai and priests and bishops in Dublin was described as "inappropriate"....
The Garda Síochána is accused of connivance with the church in stifling at least one complaint of abuse and letting the alleged perpetrator flee the country....
The report states that senior clerical figures covered up the abuse over nearly 30 years and that the structures and rules of the church facilitated that cover-up. It says that state authorities facilitated the cover-up by allowing the church to be beyond the reach of the law.Look at these numbers:
The Murphy Commission of Inquiry into the abuse of children in Dublin identified 320 people who complained of child sexual abuse between 1975 and 2004. It also stated that since May 2004, 130 complaints against priests operating in the Dublin archdiocese had been made."No evidence of an organised paedophile ring???" What kind of black souls do these holy men have? And just as astonishing is a survivor of "Irish Child Abuse" who has asked Pope Benedict to go to Ireland to apologize for the behavior of the church clergy.
The report details the cases of 46 priests guilty of abuse as a representative sample of 102 priests within its remit. But it concludes that there was no evidence of an organised paedophile ring in the Dublin archdiocese, although it says there were worrying connections. One priest admitted abusing more than 100 children. Another said he had committed abuse every two weeks for more than 25 years.
John Kelly, of Irish Survivors of Child Abuse, said only a papal visit would exonerate the worldwide church in the abuse scandals.Perhaps that's one of the big problems here - thinking the Pope can do anything about this now. I know this is contrary to Catholic thinking, but the Pope cannot absolve these men, and he cannot repair the lives of these children. What in the world can we do about these perversions against children in the church - of any denomination, and not just in Ireland but everywhere?
In yet another report from May 2009:
In a separate report in May, orphanages and industrial schools in the Republic were described as places of fear, neglect and "endemic sexual abuse".Not only were these children abused by the Church, but even more egregious, the police, who were sworn to protect these innocent young ones, knew about it and looked the other way. How despicable are these priests, the police and yes...especially the Church?