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.