November 14, 2005

Faith holds firm despite ferns

Belfast Telegraph

By Pól Ó Muirí

14 November 2005
The Catholic Church in Ireland has certainly found itself at the centre of attention over the last number of weeks and that attention shows no sign of waning.

Media and politicians have been to the fore in highlighting, rightly, the sexual abuse of young children in the Ferns Diocese.

While that inquiry has drawn to a close - insofar as the report has been published - the horror of what was done by some priests will not be as easily forgotten.

Indeed, the Republic's Government have announced another inquiry into the Arch-Diocese of Dublin, though even that may not be enough with some politicians urging a nation-wide audit of the Church.

The bad news for the Church is that while "what" happened in Ferns (and in other dioceses) is known; why it happened is still not clear.

Posted by kshaw at November 14, 2005 07:30 AM