Wednesday, May 20, 2009

The Catholic Church in Ireland

Child abuse victims seek justice
Irish church knew abuse 'endemic'
Children exposed to 'daily terror' in institutions
Sins of the fathers still haunting Catholic Church
Children suffered abuse of many types, both physical and emotional

[h/t to Butterflies and Wheels]

Update: Thousands beaten, raped in Irish reform schools [h/t to James F. Elliott]

Update 2: The full five-volume report of the Commission to Inquire into Child Abuse [h/t to The Freethinker]


  1. All this and our 'Justice' minister *still* has the fucking gall to introduce a blasphemy bill.

    Everywhere you look in Ireland, you find evidence of Catholic repression. From a quaint reminiscing story in the local newspaper mentioning, in passing, that women were not allowed to cycle bikes in 1959 out of fear a flashing ankle would cause sinful thoughts. From grandparents who were forced to waste their youth struggling to raise 13 children, crammed in four to a bed, on a single income. From the unmarked graves of suicides who were denied a church funneral. Right up to government minsiters having to ask the church for approval on matters of state.

    The mother and child 'controversy' sums Ireland church/state relationships for me:- "The young and dynamic Minister for Health, Noel Browne, who had joined the inter-party coalition cabinet on his first day in the Dáil in 1948, decided to introduce a modest welfare programme for mothers and young children. The Catholic hierarchy informed the Taoiseach privately that the scheme was "in direct opposition to the rights of the family". When Browne failed to win over the bishops, or to secure the full backing of his cabinet colleagues, he had no option but to resign."

  2. Just to add that Bill Donohue of the Catholic League displayed more fury over PZ Myers cracker than over institution child abuse at the hands of Catholic clergy.


  3. The worst part of it is that, because it is the Christian Church that did this, they will get off scott free. Any other, non-religious organization would have all of its leadership jailed and it would be disbanded. But because it has the magical "Chrsitian religious" rubric, no matter what horrible crimes it does, it will continue on, its leaders free, its basic virtue unblemished in the eyes of society. Excuse me while I vomit in my mouth.


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