I am an Irish reader and I read your blog regularly. This litany of abuse is truly shocking and I myself think it was perpetuated because of our history and culture of secrecy. Ireland has a very difficult and painful history and sensitivity to pain and abuse was not high as the Ireland I grew up in was a cold and poverty stricken place where surviving and keeping things to yourself was the way to go. I think many people entered the church then because it was a job. The other options were emigration. Obviously a lot of people were in religious institutions that should have never been accepted. I think the most damming thing is the secrecy and culture of cover up. Its devastating for the many good catholic clergy and laity. There is untold damage done to the faith particularly of the young. We are on the floor.
Further perspective on the scandal, HERE.
UPDATE: More reflections from Fr. Blake, HERE. Share