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Sex scandal now involves gardai who did not do more

Keeping abuse "secret - very, very, secret" marred lives and smeared the church as authorities reacted poorly

Published 28/06/2015 | 02:30

Cardinal Sean Brady:‘There was a shroud of secrecy and confidentiality with a view not to destroying the good name of the church’
Cardinal Sean Brady:‘There was a shroud of secrecy and confidentiality with a view not to destroying the good name of the church’

James Finley was abused physically and sexually as a child. He overcame the abuse and decided to become a monk. Years into his training he was abused by a priest, and quit.

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Finley turned his life around. Today he is a clinical psychologist and respected spiritual teacher. In Ireland last week he gave a moving talk to mark the launch of Spire, the new Irish Spirituality Institute for Research & Education.

But his visit was overshadowed by more revelations about sex abuse here. The kind of positive religious path that he walks, one praised by Fr Michael O'Sullivan SJ who introduced him, seems choked by a Catholic Church mired in abuse and cover-ups.

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