Horrific reports of abuse in Irish church

2011-11-30 20:55

Dublin - A new series of reports into Catholic dioceses north and south of the Irish border on Wednesday revealed horrific child sex abuse by priests and mistakes by church authorities in dealing with them.

Audits of abuse in six dioceses by the Church's own National Board for Safeguarding Children were published by bishops, providing fresh evidence of a widespread cover-up of sexual abuse.

In Raphoe in the northwest of the Republic, Bishop Philip Boyce said horrific acts of child sex abuse were carried out by priests in his diocese over the last 35 years.

Poor judgements, mistakes made

"We are truly sorry for the terrible deeds that have been inflicted on so many by a small minority of priests," Boyce said in a statement.

"During the past decades there have been very poor judgements and mistakes made.

"There were horrific acts of abuse by individual priests, that should never have happened, and if suspected should have been dealt with immediately in the appropriate manner," Boyce said.

The Raphoe report said 52 allegations of abuse by a total of 14 priests were made to police between January 1975 and August 2010.

"It is clear that significant errors of judgement were made by successive bishops when responding to child abuse allegations that emerged within this diocese," the Raphoe report says.

"Too much emphasis was placed on the situation of the accused priest and too little on the needs of their complainants.

"Judgements were clouded, due to the presenting problem being for example, alcohol abuse and an inability to hear the concerns about abuse of children, through that presenting problem.

"More attention should have been given to ensuring that preventative actions were taken quickly when concerns came to light," the report says.

Abusive priests moved from post to post

A report on the diocese of Derry in Northern Ireland says that 31 allegations of abuse were made against priests. The allegations involved 23 priests.

"Priests about whom there were clear concerns were not robustly challenged or adequately managed and problems were often 'handled' by moving them to postings elsewhere.

"There is evidence that abusive behaviour continued to be exhibited by priests who were moved on in this manner," the Derry report says.

Ireland, a predominantly Catholic country, has been rocked by a number of landmark reports on child sex abuse stretching back decades, and on Church leaders' complicity in covering it up.

  • Delusion - 2011-11-30 21:14

    Religion is the act of supporting and hosting a hierarchy of parasites. It supports nobody. It has to be supported. It produces no wheat, no corn; it ploughs no land; it fells no forests. It is a perpetual mendicant. It lives on the labors of others, and then has the arrogance to pretend that it supports the giver. Sick and stupid.

      Saad - 2011-11-30 22:21

      don't paint all with the same paint brush, do some research and you'll find the right one, your intellect will lead you to it.......

      Phillip - 2011-12-01 09:02

      Agreed Delusion! Religion is what is left when God has moved on. Made made, man centered. Jesus called the religious people, "a brood of vipers" and "white-washed tombs". Clean on the outside but full of death inside! Jesus said, "I am the way the Truth and the Life." Have a great day!

  • Owen - 2011-11-30 21:17

    I always said religions are sick.

      Saad - 2011-11-30 22:23

      made up religions that are sick not the One Religion which is a complete way of life, find it

  • Delusion - 2011-11-30 21:27

    Abstinence makes the priests grow fondler... Talking about child abuse: Threatening small children with damnation and eternal torment if they don't believe in a fairy tale is a form of psychological abuse and should be punished accordingly.

  • The Real Unskinny - 2011-11-30 22:30

    Why else become a priest?

  • Dave - 2011-11-30 22:47

    Those that sexually abuse children should be stoned to death.

  • Lynn - 2011-12-01 07:05


  • ludlowdj - 2011-12-01 10:34

    The Catholic church is the oldest dictatorship in the world. God (if there is one) most definitely has nothing to do with the church which is a man made control mechanism. In any civilized world the Vatican city would by now have been pulled down and bulldozed and the catholic clergy would all be awaiting trail or serving length sentences for crimes against God and humanity, hell 100 years ago we could have had us a nice big burning.

  • Helmut - 2011-12-01 11:00

    Any body wants to become a priest, should be castretet first

      Win - 2011-12-01 11:23

      Castration is useless, you'll have to cut off the glans in front. Castration simply stops men from causing pregnancy but they can carry on doing all their fornication.

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