Thursday 19 October 2017

John Cooney: Church leaders must pay for failing to act on abuse

John Cooney

THE public mood in Ireland is for the prosecution and incarceration of church leaders who facilitated child clerical abusers by following canon law confidentiality, rather than the due process of civil and criminal law.

This mood has hardened after a week in which Irish Catholics went through, yet again, the horror wringer with the delayed publication of chapter 19 of the Murphy report about how church authorities in the Dublin archdiocese failed hundreds of working-class children by allowing "the most notorious child abuser" Tony Walsh to rape for at least two decades.

For the past six years the public has been put through this wringer with the Ferns report, the Ryan and Murphy reports -- and is bracing itself for the pending Commission report on ex-Bishop John Magee and the diocese of Cloyne -- but so far not one senior churchman has been brought to book as demanded by victims.

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