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CHILD ABUSE: The Archbishop of Dublin Challenges the Church

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The Dublin archdiocese refused to turn over records on priests who abused children, that is until Diarmuid Martin became archbishop. Bob Simon reports.

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Ellen m (215)
Sunday March 4, 2012, 11:54 pm
An excellent article an an honorable man'
I just wish the church had acted much sooner on this and a slew of other issue much sooner, as that "culture and way of life" that was a big part of my parents existence did not take hold in me because of it, and i feel i was somehow robbed of a big part my heritage because i chose to not condone it with my continued participation as an active member of the Catholic community, which in turn caused my parents much grief.

Past Member (0)
Monday March 5, 2012, 12:33 am
Noted. Thanks.

Carol H (229)
Monday March 5, 2012, 4:15 am
noted, thank you Cal

Mike S (86)
Monday March 5, 2012, 5:23 am
Noted and shared. Thank you Cal.

Nancy C (806)
Monday March 5, 2012, 11:38 am
Diarmuid Martin is one honest man out of so many who've concealed and/or participated in these horrors. 65,000 documents exist that prove of past and present abuse. I had a crush on a priest when I was a child. He left the priesthood and married. My nana would wonder why in the world they were not allowed tp marry as a priest. Her wisdom may have saved the suffering of so many children. I do not consider myself Catholic for many reasons, but when these allegations began, my decisions were more than justified.

pam w (139)
Monday March 5, 2012, 2:03 pm
THAT is STUNNING! Wonder how long it will be before he's "replaced" and given a "special assignment" in the Vatican?

Eternal G (745)
Monday March 5, 2012, 3:13 pm
Finally some acknowledgement for these children! A brave man to step up, speak out and force change on such a large scale!

JL A (281)
Monday March 5, 2012, 4:21 pm
Ignoring problems is a sure way to interfere with finding a solution

Victoria B (21)
Monday March 5, 2012, 4:33 pm
There is a very disturbing correlation between the church and child abuse...

Victoria B (21)
Monday March 5, 2012, 4:34 pm
and the church and hiding the abuse instead of stopping it.

I Care For The World (30)
Monday March 5, 2012, 9:34 pm
. 65,000 documents exist that prove of past and present abuse.

Finally some acknowledgement for these children! A brave man to step up, speak out and force change on such a large scale!

Turn to God not Churches

Rose Becke (141)
Tuesday March 6, 2012, 1:29 am
all churches should be challenged

Sue Matheson (79)
Tuesday March 6, 2012, 8:02 am

Jose Ramon Fisher Rodriguez (13)
Tuesday March 6, 2012, 1:13 pm
Archbishop Martin has the courage of a thousand saints.

Fred Krohn (34)
Tuesday March 6, 2012, 2:01 pm
The rampant pædophilia is one of the reasons I don't participate in Catholic activities nor will I ever join their church. This archbishop is one of the reasons I'm not fully advocating the Catholic Church's dissolution.

David C (29)
Tuesday March 6, 2012, 2:54 pm
65,000 documents exist that prove of past and present abuse. that says it all about the so called church of God!

Carmen S (611)
Tuesday March 6, 2012, 3:00 pm
there is a problem there and wonderful to hear that someone is taking a stand, thanks Cal

Ra Sc (8)
Tuesday March 6, 2012, 3:05 pm
I'm glad there are people within the church putting the safety and well being of children ahead of the vanity of the church trying to pretend that all of the people within its system are perfect. We know that humans are imperfect. We know some priests will do horrible things. The church should have protected the children from the start, by making a stand that when one of its own members becomes a danger, they will do the right thing and not protect that member from the secular consequences of their actions nor let them remain in a position to hurt others. There is a giant beam in the eye of the Catholic church, and until they have fixed it, it is hard for them to be seen as a source of guidance.

Kate Kenner (215)
Tuesday March 6, 2012, 4:24 pm
Wow someone with a sense of ethics in the Catholic Church! Who knew? The Catholic Church has known for years what goes on. It opened here in Boston and that seems to have started the ball rolling so that it was discovered to be rampant. It was Bernard Law If I remember who was the head of the church here and the poor guy-he had to go to Rome after that. He knew full well what was going on.
Well, good for this archbishop for not getting caught up in the air of secrecy that pervades the Catholic Church. It just kills me-they are so against gays and lesbians, priests having sex, and so many things yet look at what they do. What a bunch of hypocrites. Thank you Archbishop for standing up for what is right.

marie C (163)
Tuesday March 6, 2012, 5:39 pm
Can not send a green star to Kate Kenner as you have done so within the last week

marie C (163)
Tuesday March 6, 2012, 5:41 pm
It might take time but good will always outweigh evil.
I feel proud of the Archbishop it took a lot of guts. Lets hope a massive clean OUT will start

amanda Ashworth (4)
Wednesday March 7, 2012, 5:39 am
why does the church continue to harbour peadophiles in this way.You talk about judgment you church goers. What about the rights of the children to expect to be safe.How long will you all turn a blind eye to the horror of sexual abuse.SHAME ON YOU CHURCH PEOPLE THAT HIDE THESE ANIMALS.YOU TOO SHALL BE JUDGED BY YOUR ACTIONS.

Mary S (1)
Wednesday March 7, 2012, 5:44 am
This is the same church that says women can't have any control over their bodies, that men rule and women are the same as slaves (only the strong resist that thinking). And if there are 65,000 documents in Ireland, think of the rest of the world that is so strongly in the Church's power, especially South America..and the list goes on. If you weren't a priest you would be in prison,

Sally Ward (0)
Wednesday March 7, 2012, 7:05 am
Priests give me the willys.

Past Member (0)
Wednesday March 7, 2012, 10:38 am
Diarmuid Martin is a heroic human being. So many "religious" people and leaders are anything but spirit-oriented or aware, and are vain, materialistic and power-hungry, replacing true mystical experience and inner connection to our higher conscious and home with pomp and ceremonial performance. Too many "holy" texts are ravaged by these types of men, who never have meditated within the third eye (if thine eye be single thy whole body is filled with light, etc) omit vegetarian and non-interference teachings and instructions to revere nature and be cognizant of reincarnation / the wheel of karma with meat-eating, sacrifice, wine-drinking, wife-beating, judging others, separation via class system and falsely perceiving a hierarchy of life, coupled with the guilt and promotion of giving money to them! How obvious they are, and yet, hordes of people obey these false orders and even kill in the name of these imaginary gods.

Jenny Dooley (830)
Wednesday March 7, 2012, 5:19 pm
Thank you Cal, for keeping us up-to-date with this topic.

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anne Barusta (0)
Wednesday March 7, 2012, 7:14 pm
Wish all the best for the Archbishop, my greatest respect and admiration to stand up defy the church policy of secrecy. At the same time I know that the church can not get away with it without the collaboration of the state.

cynthia l (207)
Wednesday March 7, 2012, 7:36 pm
an honerable courages man Let's hope othrs follow suite

Tom C Sullivan (98)
Wednesday March 7, 2012, 8:31 pm

penny C (83)
Wednesday March 7, 2012, 9:13 pm
Noted,thanks Vivien.

Past Member (0)
Wednesday March 7, 2012, 9:22 pm
About time Thanks Cal

Marianna molnar woods (9)
Wednesday March 7, 2012, 9:45 pm

Virginia Esquer (10)
Wednesday March 7, 2012, 11:29 pm
at least this bishop has the courage to speak and trying to make changes and a difference about what happened in the past experiences with priests abusing children.

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Thursday March 8, 2012, 12:48 am
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Jack W. (0)
Thursday March 8, 2012, 12:50 am
I think i have lost my desitination

bob m (32)
Thursday March 8, 2012, 7:48 am

Come out of your corporate visibility.. your encrusted vestments,, your hallowed buildings and time TABLES.
Cast away the vestments of enslavement to form; to tradition and usary, to enslavement to hidden tales of dungeons of pleasure and pain , lusts requited ,.bodies buried in shame and pomp and vain glory.
Cast off the vestaments of the abomination of celebacy... and ritual.... and walk in the freedom of the Spirit.. which is GIVEN to all as priests , saints; under and within the body of OUR High Priest...NONE other than Jesus ..The Lamb of God ... Who is LORD... His Name to be PRAISED.

Alice C (1797)
Thursday March 8, 2012, 8:38 am
My mother left the Catholic church because a priest was putting the move on her...she was only 15 at the time

Margaret K (19)
Thursday March 8, 2012, 12:35 pm
This man is a 'saviour' of the catholic church if only they could see it!.

Holly Lawrence (430)
Thursday March 8, 2012, 2:14 pm
An Archbishop with balls - Hurray! Indeed an honorable man , I applaud him!

Phil R (29)
Thursday March 8, 2012, 5:17 pm
I saw this on TV. The man seems genuinely sincere. Good luck to him.

Quanta Kiran (67)
Friday March 9, 2012, 2:31 am

Lynne Buckley (0)
Tuesday March 13, 2012, 2:50 am
It's good to see the Bishop standing up for the abused children and for what he knows is the right thing to do instead of locking this behind the Catholic Churches wall of silence. They have only spoken out about the priest who abused children when they have been forced to. Even then they have tried to blame every one else for what happened. Until they are open and release the documents I will have no respect for them.

Yvonne F (181)
Tuesday March 13, 2012, 4:09 am
At last someone with corage in the Catholic church! Kudos to him!!! Thanks for posting Cal
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