Predators dressed in Priests Clothing
The denial and suppression of information about the decades of child sexualabuse perpetrated by priests the Irish Catholic Clerical hierarchy is, according tothe conclusions of the new report submitted by the
Commission of Investigationinto the Catholic Archdiocese of Dublin
, nothing short of criminal. Criminal forthe abusers; criminal for their bishops and archbishops. The enormity of thecrime is incomprehensible in its scope and deeply disturbing in the complicity of its participants.
The description of the profound, widespread and repeated abuse is, in a word,sickening. As bad was the stonewalling victims faced when pursuing a complaint against apriest. Complicit too were the Irish police force that at times refused toinvestigate complaints and instead referred them to church authorities to handle.The political and religious system was riddled with cracks through which casesslipped, some to languish for years. All because of a misguided loyalty to theCatholic Church in Ireland, which some psychologists might describe as aninfantile need to please.
The Irish Catholic hierarchy, while claiming to address issues of abuse, hid behind the coat-tails of cannon law protecting accused priests from theramifications of the due process of Irish civil law. They did this while at the same