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Discussion 5 to Meditation 815
The Never-Ending Scandal

by: JT

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Once again, the cover-up child abuse in the Irish Catholic Church continues to make headlines. While the results of previous investigation were being finalized, child abuse by priests continued, and the deliberate cover-up by Irish bishops continued. Right through 2009.

From the opening paragraphs of this week's New York Times article* (emphasis added):

The Roman Catholic Church in Ireland was covering up the sexual abuse of children by priests as recently as 2009, long after it issued guidelines meant to protect children, and the Vatican tacitly encouraged the cover-up by ignoring the guidelines, according to a scathing report issued Wednesday by the Irish government.

Alan Shatter, the Irish justice minister, called the findings “truly scandalous,” adding that the church’s earlier promises to report all abuse cases since 1995 to civil authorities were “built on sand.”

Does this Church have any more credibility on child abuse? Or on anything at all?



* New York Times July 13 2011