Thursday 23 March 2017

Bruce Arnold: Church abuse was crying out for legal remedy

THE initial public response to the Cloyne Report was appropriately directed at the victims, the abusers and those in power and authority within the Catholic Church who protected abusers and left those who suffered abuse to go on suffering.

It is a dismal story displaying a largely unrepentant church, its authority undermined, Bishop Magee whose behaviour has been quite outrageous, a Papal Nuncio in confusion, the Pope and the Vatican neglectful, without explanation.

If we turn to the wider context of how this happened, and why, we come upon an altogether more hopeful and positive picture.

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