Buttle's World

22 May, 2009

No Corner in Hell Would Be Hot Enough

Filed under: Posts — clgood @ 18:20

The Catholic Church ran, in Ireland, some hell holes for kids up from about the 1930s through the 1990s, when the facilities were mercifully shut down.

This story is hard to read.

“A climate of fear, created by pervasive, excessive and arbitrary punishment, permeated most of the institutions and all those run for boys. Children lived with the daily terror of not knowing where the next beating was coming from,” the report concluded.

This report is even harder.

Sexual abuse was endemic in boys’ institutions. The situation in girls’ institutions was different. Although girls were subjected to predatory sexual abuse by male employees or visitors or in outside placements, sexual abuse was not systemic in girls’ schools.

It is impossible to determine the full extent of sexual abuse committed in boys’ schools. The schools investigated revealed a substantial level of sexual abuse of boys in care that extended over a range from improper touching and fondling to rape with violence. Perpetrators of abuse were able to operate undetected for long periods at the core of institutions.

Those pull quotes are the tip of the iceberg. The damage done to these kids, many now in their 50’s and 80’s, is incalculable.

The Catholic Church has a lot to answer for.

Update (and bumped):

And if this is its answer, it’s a sorry excuse for one. It boils down to, “Hey, it was a long time ago, lots of people did it, and only a little over one in ten kids got raped.” What a comfort to know that only 12% of the priests were sexual abusers. I’d let my kid face those odds, wouldn’t you? Hardly calls for “hysteria”.

The Catholic Legue is not the Catholic Church, but the church better come up with something better than this. Or everybody can just stop whining about how priests get treated in the press.

Another Update:

This response by an Archbishop is a little more like it.

Dublin Archbishop Diarmuid Martin slammed Irish Catholic orders Monday for concealing their culpability in decades of child abuse, and said they needed to come up with much more money to compensate victims.
The comments from Martin, a veteran Vatican diplomat, were the harshest yet by a Roman Catholic leader following last week’s report detailing widespread abuse in scores of church-run industrial schools from the 1930s to the 1990s.
Martin said the orders of nuns and Catholic brothers who ran the workhouse-style schools must drop their refusal to renegotiate an intensely criticized 2002 agreement with the Irish government over compensation for victims.

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1 Comment »

  1. […] — buttle @ 21:23 On the one hand there are the abusive religious caretakers like those Priests and Nuns in Ireland. Then there are the preachers of woo like that moron Jenny McCarthy making kids sick by lowering […]

    Pingback by It’s a Dangerous World for Kids « Buttle’s World — 25 May, 2009 @ 21:23


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