Long, rocky road ahead for Catholic Church

Long, rocky road ahead for Catholic Church
'Church's post-referendum journey has started badly.' Pic: Rollingnews.ie

Priests and bishops know that many of those who regularly attend in their churches put an X by the word ‘Yes’, disregarding everything said at the many pulpits across the land during the campaign

In 1992, when I first reported on ITV’s World in Action on the abuse of children in Ireland, the UK and the US, by members of the Catholic Church, I was pilloried. The idea was too shocking to say out loud. And to be the one to say it out loud for the very first time meant that I was ultimately ignored. To say in public what many knew in secret was an affront to the establishment, power and strength of a church which already had centuries of experience of keeping people silent and covering up for its own offenders. It was hardly going to be bowed by a mere woman.

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