Damaging report on abuse in Dublin

After months of delay, the independent government commission set up to investigate child abuse in Ireland’s Dublin Archdiocese has released its report detailing abuse and church officials’ knowledge of such abuse. Catholic News Service is closed for the Thanksgiving holiday, but we will have a followup story Monday. Meanwhile, you can read about the report here.

The report on Dublin was released about five months after an independent report said a climate of fear created by pervasive, excessive and arbitrary punishment permeated most of Ireland’s residential care institutions for children and all those run for boys from 1940 through the 1970s. Eighteen religious orders orders have agreed to an independent audit of their assets, so they can pay more compensation than the 128 million euros ($194 million) they committed to in 2002.

3 Responses

  1. Sounds like the abuse was damaging, but how so the report?

  2. It is now past 5:00 p.m. on Monday. Where is the followup story that the blogger promised for today?

  3. Our publishing clients got two stories on the report from us on the password-protected portion of our site at midday today. We’ve never been able to give away all of our stories on catholicnews.com because that would undercut our relationship with our paying customers. But you may be able to find our stories in the coming days on some of our clients’ Web sites since they are free to make their own choices on what they display there. Meanwhile, here’s a link to our full list of today’s stories to give you an idea of how much we produce exclusively for our clients on a given day:

    http://www.catholicnews.com/data/heads/monday.htm

    Jim Lackey
    CNS Web editor

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