Irish child abuse report: Catholic Church shamed
DUBLIN: After a nine-year investigation, a commission published a damning report Wednesday on decades of rapes, humiliation and beatings at Catholic Church-run reform schools for Ireland’s castaway children.
A climate of fear, created by pervasive, excessive and arbitrary punishment, permeated most of the institutions and all those run for boys. Children lived with the daily terror of not knowing where the next beating was coming from
The 2,600-page report includes child molestations by priests ranging from humiliating acts to beating and rape.
The 2,600-page report painted the most detailed and damning portrait yet of church-administered abuse in a country grown weary of revelations about child molestation by priests.
Victims of the abuse, who are in their 50's and 80's, have a major reservation regarding this report i.e. the report doesn’t nail down what really matters — the names of their abusers.
Christine Buckley, 62I do genuinely believe that it would have been a further step towards our healing if our abusers had been named and shamed
The report also claims that there was a "culture of silence" among church leaders who turned a blind eye to the abuse.
In some schools a high level of ritualised beating was routine ... Girls were struck with implements designed to maximize pain and were struck on all parts of the body
Personal and family denigration was widespread.
Drawing on statements from thousands of former students and officials, the report accused successive generations of priests and nuns of beating, starving and raping children in state-run institutions.
Ireland's Catholic church, on the other hand, is sorry and ashamed of all those happenings included in the report.
Cardinal Sean BradyI am profoundly sorry and deeply ashamed that children suffered in such awful ways in these institutions.
The commission interviewed 1,090 men and women who were housed in 216 institutions including children's homes, hospitals and schools.
Many of the children were sent into church care because of school truancy, petty crime or because they were the offspring of unmarried mothers.