Catholic child-abuse probe reveals new horrors
DUBLIN: Investigations of child sex abuse by Catholic priests in Ireland should be extended nationwide, a top campaigner said yesterday after a damning study condemned a decades-long cover-up.
The call came as one Irish newspaper branded the abuse of children in the care of the Catholic Church, which was covered up for more than 30 years by senior clergy, as “satanic”, blasting the “rampant evil”.
“We are looking at this commission’s report as the end of its work,” said Marie Collins, a campaigner and survivor of abuse by a serial deviant priest named as Father Edmondus in the report.
“I would call for the remit (of the commission) to be extended to all of the dioceses in the country,” she told Ireland’s state broadcaster.
Following a three-year investigation in the Dublin Archdiocese, the country’s largest, a report issued on Thursday concluded that four archbishops routinely protected abusers and failed to inform police of the allegations against them.
The revelations, by Judge Yvonne Murphy, follow other horrifying reports about rape and abuse by clerics in the dio- cese of Ferns in the south-east of the country.
The Murphy Commission is continuing to investigate the church’s handling of abuse allegations in the diocese of Cloyne in the south.
Ireland’s most senior Catholic, Cardinal Sean Brady, and Dublin Archbishop Diarmuid Martin responded by publicly apologising to all the victims of abuse, and promised that it would not happen again.
But commentators voiced outrage at the findings, which come just six months after a landmark report detailed widespread sexual, physical and emotional abuse of children in Catholic-run institutions dating back to the 1930s.
The Examiner newspaper, describing the abuse as “satanic”, said Thursday’s report uncovered a “litany of horror” that could “only be described as an active evil, a pervading darkness that poisoned lives”.
The Irish Times said the “fundamentally rotten nature of relations between the Catholic Church and the state has been laid bare”.
The report said that one priest had admitted to abusing over 100 children and another raped children of both sexes for more than 25 years. – Sapa-AFP