Saturday 24 March 2018

Protecting our children

IS it no more than an interesting coincidence that on the same day that Pope Benedict XVl offers his most frank admission of the failure of the Catholic Church's handling of paedophile priests, the Archbishop of Dublin pointedly criticises inadequacies in the way the Irish State deals with child abuse?

Speaking to reporters during his flight to Britain for an historic state visit, the Pope conceded that the church had not dealt with abusive priests decisively or quickly enough, while, in Dublin, Dr Diarmuid Martin expressed his concern about the slowness in addressing weaknesses in our current legislation, inadequacies in the resources available to the Health Service Executive, and "a lack of clarity" in the mandate of the HSE regarding the abuse of children outside a family framework.

The archbishop did not attempt to shift blame for failings wholly on to the State, however, he acknowledged the immense suffering of victims of abuse and added, "abuse was reinforced by covering it up".

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