Tell no one: The scandal shaking a religion

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Kayleigh and Patrick McLoughlin: the couple decided late last year to quietly ‘fade out’ from the Jehovah’s Witnesses Pic: Arthur Allison/ Pacemaker

The Jehovah’s Witnesses have come under scrutiny for their handling of child sex abuse allegations within the church both in Ireland and abroad

For the past few months, Kayleigh and Patrick McLoughlin have been adjusting to life as ex-Jehovah’s Witnesses.

Kayleigh was born in South Africa and moved to Ireland as a child. She is — or was — a fourth-generation witness. Patrick was born in Northern Ireland to a Catholic family who had been traumatised during the Troubles and who turned to the religion as a form of spiritual comfort when he was a teenager.

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