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Catholic church failed children abused by priests in Ireland, says bishop


Patrick Doab from County Clare holds his crucifix as he joins other abuse victims in Dublin last year to mark the first anniversary of the Ryan report on child sex abuse in educational institutions run by the Catholic church.

One of Ireland‘s leading Catholic bishops admitted on Wednesday that “poor judgments” had been made on how paedophile priests were dealt with.

Responding to a damning report into clerical child sex abuse in the diocese of Raphoe, County Donegal, Phillip Boyce said it had highlighted a “significant level” of paedophile crimes over the past decades.

A separate report for the Derry diocese in Northern Ireland said it had dealt with 23 allegations of sex abuse against priests. Six reports are due out on Wednesday on the extent of clerical abuse in dioceses in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.

The Raphoe report pointed to “significant errors of judgment” by “successive bishops”. The report concluded that “judgments were clouded, due to the presenting problem being, for example, alcohol abuse and an inability to hear the concerns about abuse of children“.

The report said allegations were made against 14 priests between 1975 and 2010. [more]

The Guardian



  1. Jim says:

    Bishops are fallen human beings like the rest of all humanity and sometimes fail dreadfully in their actions and decisions.

    Why is it that when this behavior is that of a Catholic bishop it is considered so much more heinous? Could it be because those who hate and persecute the Church and its leaders so unmercifully do so because they vehemently disagree with Church teachings in this secular, narcissistic and nihilistic world? Let him who is without sin cast the first stone.

    • Charles Bolser says:

      maybe it is because the bishops hold themselves to be “holier than thou” and fail to listen to the people of God and instead talk down to them from on high.

  2. Charles Bolser says:

    It will be a great day for the Church when bishops can criticize other bishops, including those in the Curia and to publicly disagree with the Pope. It will be a sign that we might becoming a healthy community for a change.


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