The Commission to Inquire into Child Abuse issued a 2,500-page report which said children had been the victims of sexual, emotional and physical abuse at orphanages and industrial schools now closed during a 60 year period.
The report found after a nine-year investigation that: ”Physical and emotional abuse and neglect were features of the institutions. Sexual abuse occurred in many of them, particularly boys’ institutions. Schools were run in a severe, regimented manner that imposed unreasonable and oppressive discipline on children and even on staff. ”
The Catholic Church in Ireland is already a shadow of its former mighty self. Do you think this report will hurt it even further? Or has its reputation been so battered that more reports of abuse might not deliver the same shock they used to?