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Mr. Krab
05-21-2009, 10:09 AM
Child-abuse horror stretched over generations


DUBLIN, Ireland | Tom Sweeney, an 11-year-old, kept skipping school.

Mannix Flynn got caught stealing a box of chocolates when he was 8.

And Christine Buckley, barely a month old, was found guilty of being the child of an unwed mother.

For decades, such “sins” were sufficient to land all three children — and more than 30,000 others — in workhouse-style schools for girls and boys run by the Roman Catholic Church.

At such schools, according to a long-awaited report Wednesday, children were beaten, sexually abused and emotionally terrorized for more than half a century.

A “culture of silence” protected victimizers rather than the children in their care — consigning generations of Ireland’s poorest children to misery, Ireland’s Commission to Inquire Into Child Abuse has concluded.

Through it all, the report said, government inspectors failed to stop what was going on. That neglect came despite attempts by some individuals to bring their abusers to account in an effort to lessen the trauma that victims suffered for years afterward — and that still haunts many today.

Chronic, excessive and arbitrary punishment created “a climate of fear” in which students at schools administered by Catholic religious orders lived “with the daily terror of not knowing where the next beating was coming from.”

These are some of the findings of the controversial 2,600-page report unveiled in Dublin on Wednesday after a nine-year investigation. Drawing on the testimony of nearly 2,000 witnesses, men and women who attended more than 200 Catholic-run schools from the 1930s to the 1990s, the commission painted a damning picture of a church engaged too often in covering up misdeeds instead of rooting out their perpetrators.
The panel found that sexual molestation was “endemic,” committed by offenders who were often transferred to other institutions rather than dismissed or turned over to authorities.

Cardinal Sean Brady, the leader of Ireland’s 4 million Catholics, offered an apology Wednesday for the abuses found by the commission.

“I am profoundly sorry and deeply ashamed that children suffered in such awful ways in these institutions,” Brady said, according to The Associated Press. “Children deserve better and especially from those caring for them in the name of Jesus Christ.”

The five-volume report is a major blow for a religious institution that continues to wield significant influence on Irish society, especially on moral issues such as divorce and abortion.

Nonetheless, it wasn’t tough enough for some of the victims who lobbied long and hard for an official investigation. Many are angry that the report includes no names of alleged offenders, an omission that one of the religious orders under investigation fought for — and won — in court. Only pseudonyms are used, making slim the chances of criminal prosecution based on the report’s findings.

“I do genuinely believe that it would have been a further step towards our healing if our abusers had been named and shamed,” said Buckley, now 62.

She spent the first 18 years of her life in a Dublin orphanage where she said children were forced to manufacture rosaries — and were humiliated, beaten and raped whether they achieved their quota or not. She didn’t track down her parents, an Irish mother and Nigerian father, until her 40s, when she became one of the first to break silence and demand justice for her stolen youth.

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Saulbadguy
05-21-2009, 10:13 AM
Catholicism, WOW!

ziggysocki
05-21-2009, 10:14 AM
They should go to confession. Naughty naughty.

Raised On Riots
05-21-2009, 10:15 AM
:shake:

ziggysocki
05-21-2009, 10:25 AM
Those reform schools are the best thing that ever happened to the church, at least according to the priests on duty for the overnight shift.

Garcia Bronco
05-21-2009, 10:32 AM
I just don't get people. How could adults ever think this was proper behavior? They know right from wrong.

Demonpenz
05-21-2009, 10:34 AM
I just don't get people. How could adults ever think this was proper behavior? They know right from wrong.

if loving the kids is wrong, I don't want to be right

Iowanian
05-21-2009, 10:34 AM
That is terrible.


Its not as bad as the Muslims who buried girls up to their necks and bashed them to death with small stones last month for leaving the house without a male relative, but its pretty shitty treatment.

Raised On Riots
05-21-2009, 10:38 AM
if loving the kids is wrong, I don't want to be right

LMAO

Dicky McElephant
05-21-2009, 10:53 AM
Just another F on the report card for religion.

Iowanian
05-21-2009, 10:54 AM
I heard the Methodists were cutting the brownies in very small pieces for the bake sale.

Iowanian
05-21-2009, 10:55 AM
The Baptists waterboard their congregations!

On easter, I saw a Bishop and Priest waterboard 5 young children and 2 adults in a gold-highlighted marble basin!!

Raised On Riots
05-21-2009, 10:58 AM
That is terrible.


Its not as bad as the Muslims who buried girls up to their necks and bashed them to death with small stones last month for leaving the house without a male relative, but its pretty shitty treatment.

Do ever read your own posts when you're done posting them?

What kind of "two wrongs making a right" cop-out IS this shit from you?
I honestly don't know what kind of a world you were raised in or live in, but I'm glad it's thousands of miles from me.

Ari Chi3fs
05-21-2009, 11:08 AM
Another reason why I hate the catholic church... fuck them and their editing of the Bible.

KCChiefsMan
05-21-2009, 12:18 PM
mark down another reason why I absolutely hate hate hate 90% of church people.

MIAdragon
05-21-2009, 12:27 PM
Another reason why I hate the catholic church... **** them and their editing of the Bible.

Its all the chanting that creeps me out.

KCChiefsMan
05-21-2009, 12:38 PM
the only good thing about Catholics is that once the girls are out of high school and go to college, they want to drink and have sex a lot.

Raised On Riots
05-21-2009, 12:44 PM
the only good thing about Catholics is that once the girls are out of high school and go to college, they want to drink and have sex a lot.

Amen.

tooge
05-21-2009, 12:51 PM
Man, I'd love to get my hands on a few of those mean Nuns. Satan's gonna have fun with these folks.

MIAdragon
05-21-2009, 12:53 PM
the only good thing about Catholics is that once the girls are out of high school and go to college, they want to drink and have sex a lot.

Hmm I found the ones that were still in HS to be more than willing to do the splits on the back seat of my car (when I was also in HS you sicko's).