Martina Devlin: Church is self-destructing in response to sex abuse
Published 25/08/2011 | 05:00
THROUGHOUT its considerable history, many attempts have been made to challenge or dilute the power of the Catholic Church.
None have inflicted as much mayhem as the behaviour of the church itself.
In the flurry of scandals engulfing this institution in Ireland, it has been the hierarchy's reaction to clerical sex abuse rather than the crimes themselves which have caused most havoc.