Ireland! The place where pedophiles are prevalent in the Catholic Church to the tune of 65,000 documents saying so. So, march in the St. Patrick’s Day parade and wear your green even though The Archbishop of Dublin is fed up with his own dwindling priests in his country. In fact, no priest is allowed in a room with a child anywhere unless supervised by another, that is if you can even find a priest. Some parishes don’t even have a priest in residence. Each week a different visiting priest shows up. So, what is there to celebrate anymore?
Finally, there is a high ranking priest who dared to admit and confront the immense problem. He is The Archbishop of Dublin. The crisis in the church is due to these numerous scandals of child abuse. There is overwhelming evidence that the hierarchy there was not only aware of the abuses but did little about it. The Dublin Archdiocese knew who the predator priests were, wrote reports about them but then locked up the files.
Parish Counsel members are monitoring the situations now. The priests now never take the children out on their own, they never speak to the children on their own; there is always someone with them. Under the new regulations drawn up by Ireland’s new Bishops, any allegations of abuse must be reported to civil authorities and any Priest accused of abuse has to step down while the charges are being investigated. The Parish Counsel members even with these precautions don’t believe they have seen it all yet.