Report on child sexual abuse in Ireland released

The Irish Times reports that the Commission of Investigation into Dublin’s Catholic Archdiocese has concluded that there is “no doubt” that clerical child sexual abuse was covered up by the archdiocese and other Church authorities.

Updated with Andrew Brown’s column, and Ruth Gledhill’s.

The commission’s report covers the period between January 1st 1975 and April 30th 2004 said that both the Catholic Church in Ireland and the Irish government facilitated the cover-up. The Church covered up by moving offending clergy to new assignments and using its influence to discourage reporting by victims and prosecution by authorities. The report said that that government facilitated the cover up “by not fulfilling their responsibilities to ensure that the law was applied equally to all and allowing the Church institutions to be beyond the reach of the normal law enforcement processes.”

Over the period within its remit “the welfare of children, which should have been the first priority, was not even a factor to be considered in the early stages,” it said.

“Instead the focus was on the avoidance of scandal and the preservation of the good name, status and assets of the institution and of what the institution regarded as its most important members – the priests,” it said.

Read the rest here.

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