The Catholic Church in Dublin has been accused of covering up years of widespread sexual abuse. One priest admitted abusing more than 100 children. The government inquiry also charged state officials with abetting the cover up. It investigated abuse in Dublin from 1975 to 2004, and says it was ‘abundantly clear’ it was widespread.
Irish Justice Minister Dermot Ahern “There is no escaping the fact the cruel irony that the Church, partly motivated by a desire to avoid a scandal, in fact created a scandal on an astonishing scale,” said Irish Justice Minister Dermot Ahern. “This is a republic, the people are sovereign, and no institution, no agency, no church can be immune from that.” The report says the Irish church was ‘obsessively’ concerned with secrecy and operated a ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’ policy towards abuse. It comes six months after similarly damning revelations about church-run schools and institutions where thousands of vulnerable youngsters suffered years of abuse. The Archbishop of of Dublin has expressed his apologies, his mortification and his shame.