Wednesday 13 December 2017

Church's priority isn't repentance for sins - it is keeping its assets

Then Monsignor Eamon Martin (left) and Fr Michael Canny in 2011, at the launch of a report into clerical abuse in the Derry Diocese. Photo: Niall Carson/PA
Then Monsignor Eamon Martin (left) and Fr Michael Canny in 2011, at the launch of a report into clerical abuse in the Derry Diocese. Photo: Niall Carson/PA
Colette Browne

Colette Browne

It's bad enough the State has picked up almost the entire €1.5bn tab for the redress scheme; is it too much to expect politicians to learn any lessons?

There were the usual impotent howls of rage from ministers when a report from the Comptroller and Auditor General revealed religious orders have contributed just €192m to the €1.5bn cost of the redress scheme.

Calling the 13pc contribution from religious orders "pathetic and paltry", Health Minister Simon Harris demanded that the Vatican get involved, while Education Minister Richard Bruton vowed that the Government would apply additional "moral pressure".

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