We have all been holding our collective breath for the report of the Commission to inquire into child abuse in the Dublin Archdiocese. It has now been published and has proved to be not so much another nail in the coffin as another nail in the Cross.
No doubt The Catholic Herald will be reporting in its next edition, but I thought that members of Secondsightblog would appreciate the opportunity to express a view more immediately. I will make sure that your views are brought to the Editor’s attention – but in order for him to have your reactions in mind initial comments must be posted by Monday.
Anyone who wishes to email me personally may do so (but say if you want me to maintain your anonymity). It would be helpful to know if your are a member of the clergy, or your denomination – if you are not a Catholic.
There are plenty of news sources around. I would recommend starting with the BBC, which has useful additional links. The Times has good coverage, as do several other newspapers. The full report is available.
I do not want to influence your reactions in any way, but it may help to consider any or all of these aspects: the abusing priest himself, the official cover up, and what our verdict is on a church structure and culture in which such things can happen.
Remember: by Monday for maximum impact.
SUNDAY MORNING. YOUR REACTIONS HAVE BEEN SPLENDID. ANYONE HESITATING – EVEN TO GIVE A ONE LINE MESSAGE — NOW IS THE TIME TO HAVE YOUR SAY.