Church power is incompatible with our modern democracy
Heartbreaking, shocking, with scenes of sexual and physical sadism. If it was a movie or game, the words would make it a best seller -- but it's not.
Almost derailed by political deals, legal challenges and controversy, the Child Abuse Commission has succeeded in bringing to a (sort of) conclusion a decade of hearings about the horrors children suffered in Irish residential care. Its analysis is conservative. Nonetheless, a tribunal actually finished.
A generation became 'abused out' while the commission sat. The stories were so harrowing and dark that some started speaking of "abuse fatigue", which was code for saying "don't tell us any more" or "let's keep foolin' ourselves" -- or even "tell them they don't want to hear and we might get away with it".