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To: Steelfish

I did not know the Irish Priests were so guilty of child abuse. Is it more than in the U.S.?


3 posted on 03/22/2010 8:11:19 PM PDT by Beowulf9
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To: Beowulf9

No, the problem is that Ireland is a small country without a lot of very populous dioceses, but some of the bishops blatantly covered up for the molesters by doing things such as forcing the boys who were victims to make a vow of silence - and now all of Ireland knows about it.

In most cases, as usual, this was actually not a situation of pedophiles attacking prepubescent children, but gay men going after early adolescents. This still cannot be discussed in Ireland (or in the US), and I think Benedict’s program for missions is a great idea and will force some of the Irish bishops to either acknowledge their complicity or grow a spine and clean up their dioceses.

Frankly, I think the Pope is going to have to replace aout 99.9% of the Irish bishops to get any change. The remaining .1% (who is he?) might be the successor to St. Patrick...


5 posted on 03/22/2010 8:22:02 PM PDT by livius
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