“Perversion of Power” in Dublin

Another report released on sexual abuse by Catholic priests (and cover-up by bishops)–this time in Ireland.

From Independent.ie:

The Catholic hierarchy in Ireland was granted immunity to cover up child sex abuse among paedophile priests in Dublin, a damning report has revealed.

Authorities enjoyed a cosy relationship with the Church and did not enforce the law as four archbishops, obsessed with secrecy and avoiding scandal, protected abusers and reputations at all costs.

Hundreds of crimes against defenceless children from the 1960s to the 1990s were not reported while gardai treated clergy as though they were above the law.

In a three-year inquiry, the Commission to Inquire into the Dublin Archdiocese uncovered a sickening tactic of “don’t ask, don’t tell” throughout the Church.

“The Commission has no doubt that clerical child sexual abuse was covered up by the Archdiocese of Dublin and other Church authorities,” it said. “The structures and rules of the Catholic Church facilitated that cover-up. The State authorities facilitated that cover-up by not fulfilling their responsibilities to ensure that the law was applied equally to all and allowing the Church institutions to be beyond the reach of the normal law enforcement processes.”

The Vatican ignored letters sent to it by the Irish commission.

4 thoughts on ““Perversion of Power” in Dublin

  1. Bill,

    I did a quick look through news archives and Wikipedia, and it appears that the vast majority of the sex abuse cases involved American, Australian, and Irish priests, and the episcopal cover-up was most extensive there. Of course, American and Australian Catholics and the bishops, until the last 20 years, were culturally Irish. This, of course, is not to say that other countries don’t have sex abuse scandals, or that priests of other ethnicities weren’t involved. (A quick look at the names at bishop-accountability.org shows that.) But why does abuse seem to be most prevalent in Irish and Irish-based communities?

    I honestly have no clue. Just pondering.

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