Sunday, May 17, 2009

Ireland abuse enquiry report due

Ireland abuse inquiry report due By Yvonne Murray BBC News
Inquiries into alleged child abuse by Catholic orders in the Irish Republic are due to publish their findings.
The Commission to Inquire into Child Abuse, which was set up in 1999 after a TV documentary, reports on Wednesday.
Testimony has been heard from thousands of former residents of state schools and orphanages over more than 60 years.
A second report, to be published later this summer, is expected to criticise the handling of sex abuse complaints in cases involving up to 500 priests.
The commission has heard testimony from the residents of the state institutions where Ireland's poorest children, as well as the infants of unmarried mothers, were sent.
“ The way the church handled the scandals, as we now know, was not exemplary to put it mildly ” Father Vincent Twomey
It was established following the airing of a documentary for Irish television on industrial schools, produced by Mary Raftery.
"There was widespread sexual abuse, particularly in the boys' institutions," she said.
"Extremely vicious and sadistic physical abuse, way off the scale, and horrific emotional abuse, designed to break the children.
"We had people talk to us about hearing screams... the screams of children in the night coming from these buildings and really not knowing what to do.
"They didn't know to whom they could complain because the power in the town was the religious order running the institution."
All the institutions have since closed down, but the commission will make recommendations to prevent the future abuse of children in state care.
The second report has been investigating cases involving up to 500 priests in Ireland's Archdiocese of Dublin.
The Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin, who is seen as a reformer, used his homily on Holy Thursday to warn the gathering of Ireland's senior clergymen that the report would "shock us all".
He said: "It is likely that thousands of children or young people across Ireland were abused by priests in the period under investigation and the horror of that abuse was not recognised for what it is."
Andrew Madden, who was the first victim of a paedophile priest to come forward, said he was angry the state inquiry had taken so long.
'Too much power'
He said: "It is 14 years since I first went public about this practice the Catholic Church had of moving priests with a record of child abuse on to another parish which would give them further access to children.
"Only now is the state ready to publish a report into that practice... and then look at what it needs to do to change it."
Ireland is a very different country now to the one shocked to the core by the first revelations involving child abuse by the clergy, some 15 years ago.
It was traditionally one of the most Catholic countries in the world, but when the scandals began to emerge, congregations diminished and new vocations to religious orders fell dramatically.
The Church was heavily criticised for failing to deal with priests who abused.
"The way the Church handled the scandals, as we now know, was not exemplary to put it mildly," said Father Vincent Twomey, Professor Emeritus of Moral Theology at the National University of Ireland.
"But the Church has learned, or was pushed to learning, that it had to do something and the result has been very positive," he said.
"It has come up with a series of guidelines for the protection of children and they will go a long way to ensure that what has gone on in the past will never be repeated."
But Colm O'Gorman, who was abused by one of Ireland's most notorious paedophiles Fr Sean Fortune, believes the Church still has too much power, particularly in education.
"Well over 90% of all Irish primary schools are administered by the Catholic Church in Ireland," he said.
"The local bishop is responsible for child protection within those schools.
"That means we still have a situation where an institution that was so entirely negligent in how it addressed child protection concerns in the past, has full legal responsibility for child protection in the majority of Irish schools.
"That's obviously a concern, and the state needs to do more in Ireland to take on that responsibility."
When these two reports are released, this country - already rocked by a decade and a half of scandals - will be forced to reflect on a very dark period in its recent history.
The Catholic Church will once again face serious questions about its role in the abuse of Irish children in the past and perhaps its place in Irish society today.
Story from BBC NEWS: 2009/05/17 09:40:16 GMT© BBC MMIX

1 comment:

aidan said...

If one wishes to deny the extent of the child abuse that took place in Catholic run institutions across the length and breadth of Ireland, then that is of course a matter of individual conscience. The original head of the Commission of Inquiry into Child Abuse, Justice Mary Lafoy, a supremely honourable human being, was deliberately obstructed in carrying out a full audit of the horrors perpetrated on children, not only in institutions, but also in day schools, by the then Taoiseach (Prime Minister),Bertie Ahern, the Dept. of Education and by the Religious Orders. All of this was put on the record by Mary Lafoy when she resigned, and can be perused if one is interested in the truth.
Indeed the present report is a much diluted and hollowed out version of what might have been, if only the Irish people had had the courage to examine their own collective conscience, and take to the streets to support Mary Lafoy. The crocodile tears now being shed by all and sundry, including those parents who did not have the moral courage to stand up for their children, the abject apologies and handwringing by the religious orders; the grand lies, that if only we knew, the billion words plus being spin-doctored including the latest by the Pope, are nothing short of hilarious, especially when you know the type of people you are dealing with.
The abject hypocrisy of all these liars, cheats, and thieves of human souls will never be expunged by a few hundred million Euros, or by the words of the self-satisfied, smug, and conceited Catholic Hierarchy. These are the ones, who until two months ago, actively and publicly supported one of their own bishops who deliberately and knowingly harbored a clerical pedophile who was then and is still the subject of a police investigation. They are now going to reflect, on what? Their collusion, trickery, theft, enslavement of children. Yeah, get real, the only thing most of these people will reflect on is the fact that the report was ever published, and that they did not manage to have it killed, just as they killed several children in the homes of horrors; they are past masters at all of this business since the 4th. Century. They exert huge levels of influence in all aspects of the Irish State, and know that their apologists will soon start to turn the tide. They also know that Catholics are basically hypocrites, look at Tony Blair, are allowed to do as they will all week, and then turn to the confessional for absolution and a few hail marys. Then it's back to how-is-your-father for another while until they feel the necessity to unburden themselves again. It's the revolving door form of repentance and absolution, with any accountability to undo the damage caused by calumny, sloth, theft, pedophilia etc. left floating in the breeze.
In fact I call this Irish Report a complete whitewash. I put it to you that if Justice Mary Lafoy had been allowed to continue her investigations and bring them to a conclusion, we would see some of the most senior clerics in Ireland facing criminal prosecution and possibly incarceration (that is if they did not escape to Rome, where many of their compatriots ran when they robbed their parishes of millions so as to buy a Cardinal’s hat) for knowingly harboring, and aiding and abetting pedophiles and child abusers. Also for assisting suspected or known abusers to be drafted overseas, as is the subject of an F.B.I investigation into Irish Catholic Priest Pedophiles in the U S. Up to 20% of those caught so far were trained in Ireland but were refused leave to practice in Ireland because there were questions about their suitability to be in a parish, and were drafted to the pagan U S and probably to pagan England. Another 15% are of direct Irish parentage. St. Patrick’s Seminary in Maynooth is the main centre of investigation at present where one of their most senior clerics, Monsignor Ledwith, (he was to be made president of St.Pats.) went on the run due to allegations of sexual abuse to seminarians. He is now the leader of a new age cult.