Hundreds of crimes against children from the 1960s to the 1990s were not reported while police treated clergy as though they were above the law.
But think of all the poor people the church fed before raping them and beating them up, all right?
‘The Commission has no doubt that clerical child sexual abuse was covered up by the Archdiocese of Dublin and other Church authorities,” it said.
”The structures and rules of the Catholic Church facilitated that cover-up.
”The State authorities facilitated that cover-up by not fulfilling their responsibilities to ensure that the law was applied equally to all and allowing the Church institutions to be beyond the reach of the normal law enforcement processes.”
The thing is, the CC is just like any hierarchical institution ever. It cares about power and its share in the religious market. A couple, a hundred, or even several thousand abused children are not a problem for a powerful institution, but a couple of people demanding information about its inner workings is, because it potentially undermines its authority. People demanding that a powerful insitution be held accountable are a threat to the institution’s power, too, so the institution will preemptively try to minimalize the danger the easiest way, which is, obviously, to hush everything up.
Cardinal Connell was credited for instigating two secret canon law trials which took place over the 30-year period and led to two priests being defrocked.
THE CC DID ALL IN ITS POWER TO OH WAIT-
The taking out of insurance was proving knowledge of child sex abuse as a major cost to the Archdiocese and is inconsistent with the view that archdiocesan officials were still ‘on a learning curve’ at a much later date, or were lacking in an appreciation of the phenomenon of clerical child sex abuse,” it said.
Of course they would know, and of course they wouldn’t react. They were protecting the institution. There were also despicable human beings and cowards, bravely facing very little to no difficulties in their intrepid quest to upheld the status quo.
In other words, fuck you, CC.