Thursday, May 21, 2009

Revealed, six decades of 'ritual' child abuse: Catholic schools and orphanages damned in report

By Tom Kelly
Last updated at 2:33 PM on 21st May 2009
  • Abuse was 'endemic' in childrens' institutions
  • Safety of children in general was not a consideration
  • No abusers will be prosecuted
  • Victims banned from launch of shocking report

Church leaders and government watchdogs covered up 'endemic' and 'ritualised' abuse of thousands of children in Roman Catholic schools and orphanages in the Irish Republic, a shocking report revealed yesterday.

For six decades, priests and nuns terrorised boys and girls in the workhouse-style schools with sexual, physical and mental abuse.

Enlarge Kevin Flannigan, right, and John Kelly, left, from the group Survivors of Child Abuse, protest at not being allowed into the launch of the long-awaited Child Abuse Commission report at the Conrad Hotel Dublin today

Kevin Flannigan, right, and John Kelly, left, from the group Survivors of Child Abuse, protest at not being allowed into the launch of the long-awaited Child Abuse Commission report at the Conrad Hotel Dublin

But officials in Ireland's Catholic Church shielded paedophile staff from arrest to

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