Saturday, April 17, 2010

The Heart of the Scandal

From the "Murphy Report" into sexual abuse by priests in the Archdiocese of Dublin, published in November 2009:
The Dublin Archdiocese's pre-occupations in dealing with cases of child sexual abuse, at least until the mid 1990s, were the maintenance of secrecy, the avoidance of scandal, the protection of the reputation of the Church, and the preservation of its assets. All other considerations, including the welfare of children and justice for victims, were subordinated to these priorities.

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