Re: Should we use the Eucharistic Congress 2012 as a point to show the Catholic Church they are not welcome?
One religious order (the Rosminians) revealed that they had more abusers in their ranks than were reported by victims/survivors.
Originally Posted by Monetpenny
Another religious order (the CBs) were denying the abuses throughout the operation of the Child Abuse Commission, claiming fabrication and collusion by survivors. Then, Lo and Behold, a series of letters written in the 1950s, were discovered in a Senator's files confirming abuses, naming abusers and many of the abuses that were committed on children. In one letter its stated that Br. V should be hanged for what he'd done. The letters blew the CBs case to kingdom come. Remember too that the CBs fought long and hard to protect the names of their members - even members who had pleaded guilty in courts of law.
Another religious order offered an apology to some survivors for some abuses, then withdrew the apology, re-wrote the apology to such an extent that it was difficult to ascertain who they were apologising to and for what they were apologising for. They justified the existence of their particular Industrial schools, saying they housed children who came from diseased. lice-ridden homes; that the children had physically abusive parents who maltreated and starved them. Then, Lo and Behold, documents were discovered in the Dept. of Education describing the conditions of the children in one of their Industrial Schools. These documents described the children as lice-ridden, bruised, battered and starving. So maltreated were the children that two nuns - TWO NUNS - were sacked by the Dept!!!
Another religious order set its face against ALL abuse claims - claiming that, while the institution itself was an old dilapidated building, the children were well looked after and treated very well. LO and fcuking BEHOLD a series of OFFICIAL inspection reports came to light stating that the farm animals were better looked after than the children. Another series of official documents revealed the disquiet of official visitors over the whipping of naked children every night outside the dormitories.
So there WAS fabrication of testimony in this saga - and from the above it's obvious that this fabrication was OVERWHELMINGLY by the religious orders - indeed I know of only one case of fabricated testimony by an alleged survivor.
From the Annual Report of the Redress Board 2011 - Of the 14,935 applications received by the Redress Board, 8 have been referred to the Garda Siochána under section 7(6) of the Residential Institutions Redress Act 2002. Investigations have been concluded in 4 matters and one such investigation has lead to a criminal conviction. In a number of other cases the Board has rejected an application in whole or in part on the grounds that it is not satisfied as to the truth of the allegations of abuse made by an applicant.
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The Gardai have NOT being alerted - AFAIK - as to the fraudulent claims and denials of ANY of the religious orders!
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