“The commission found that three archbishops of Dublin John Charles McQuaid (1940-72), Ryan (1972-84) and Kevin McNamara (1985-87) did not tell police about clerical abuse cases, instead opting to avoid public scandals by shuttling offenders from parish to parish.”
Experts: Catholic church covered up child abuse
Irish archbishops protected reputation at expense of victims, report says
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DUBLIN – The Roman Catholic Church in Dublin covered up decades of child abuse committed by priests because bishops wanted to protect the church’s reputation at the expense of victims, an expert commission reported Thursday after a three-year probe into previously secret church records.
Abuse victims said they welcomed publication of the probe into the mishandling of 1975-2004 child-abuse cases in the Dublin Archdiocese, home to a quarter of Ireland’s 4 million Catholics. But they said government and church leaders still had far to go to compensate for past wrongs.
The government said the investigation “shows clearly that a systemic, calculated perversion of power and trust was visited on helpless and innocent children in the archdiocese.”
… the government published an investigation into decades of child abuse in Catholic-run schools, workhouses and orphanages. That probe also found that thousands of boys and girls suffered rape, beatings and mental abuse by members of Catholic religious orders. More than 12,000 of those victims already have received compensation payments from a government panel exceeding $1.2 billion.
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