It amazes me that the leaders of the Catholic Church are taken seriously when they lecture other people—including non-Catholics—about their sexual morality. BBC:
A Catholic religious order is to supply a 161m euros (£145m) package of measures as reparation for child abuse in Ireland. The Christian Brothers said the decision had been taken in response to the Ryan report which revealed decades of abuse at religious institutions.... More than 2,000 people told the commission they had suffered physical and sexual abuse as children in the institutions, which included schools and orphanages. It found that sexual abuse was "endemic" in boys' institutions, and church leaders knew what was going on.... More allegations were made against the Christian Brothers than the other male orders combined.
In a statement the order says it is filled with "shame and sorrow." Yeah right. No from the Catholic Brothers lifted a finger to stop the abuse while it was happening. If they're feeling shame and sorrow now it's because they got caught. And the same order that failed to protect the Irish children entrusted to its care moved heaven and earth to protect the rapists and their accomplices that are still members:
No real names, of perpetrators, appeared in the Ryan report after the Christian Brothers took legal action in 2004 to keep the identities of all of its members, dead or alive, out of the report.
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