Monday 23 October 2017

Only the whole truth can heal

• On a recent trip to Ireland, I had the distinct impression that the anti-church movement is gathering momentum as the clerical abuse affair rumbles on. This cannot be in anybody's interest.

The cry for justice is not a cry for vengeance or retribution but the cry of those who long to heal the pain of the unforgettable crime of sexual abuse. The most urgent need is for healing.

The law courts are not a fitting place for righting the wrong experienced by the victims of abuse. Lawyers, understandably, tend to reduce the issues between offenders and victims to ones that are legally relevant. Though a victim may be legally vindicated, the hurt remains unhealed.

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