Rogue state sits atop systematic abuse
Published 22/07/2011 | 05:00
What has the church ever done for us?
The rape, and persecution, with physical and mental abuse, of innocent children. Child slavery in Magdalene laundries and industrial schools. The relentless concealment by bishops and the Vatican of the most serious crimes against our innocent children. The lack of moral fibre demonstrated by the leaders of the church and their hollow apologies of shame. The abuse of power by bishops, cardinals, priests and religious orders.
"Mental reservations" by cardinals and the Vatican. The deliberate refusal of the church to follow its own guidelines on child sexual abuse. The failure of the religious orders to pay 50pc of the cost of compensation to the victims of abuse. The consistent contempt for the civil authorities and the people of Ireland.