Saturday 3 December 2016

Widen the net, catch them all

Published 19/03/2010 | 05:00

I can understand why David Quinn would try to widen the area of responsibility for child abuse ('If Brady must resign, then so should many lay people', Irish Independent, March 17), but he must know, as indeed must Cardinal Brady, that the Catholic Church's unique sphere of influence, within the communities it served, often bordered on a benign dictatorship.

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It exercised power at every level of Irish society. It informed fearful governments, it controlled institutions of the State, including schools, reformatories, and "homes" for unmarried mothers and orphans.

It had the ability to act unilaterally in the "interests" of children whom they deemed in need of "saving", yet ruined the lives of so many.

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