...that is, that the Catholic Church in Ireland conducted its own investigations into allegations of child sex abuse rather than reporting each allegation to the gardai, and that Cardinal Sean Brady, when working as a notary on an enquiry into accusations against Father Brendan Smyth, obediently went along with that system-- which he now describes as "an unhelpful culture of deference and silence."
I feel I should blog about something like this, just to prove that I am not ignoring it, but the truth is that news stories like this one barely interest me at all. A lot of the time I don't even read them. They simply demonstrate (again) two things that I knew already-- the first is that the media, whether through bias or mere sensationalism (or both), love to stick the boot into the Catholic Church, and the other is that both the Church and wider society didn't treat the phenomenon of child sex abuse with the gravity it deserves until very recent times.
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