Irish archbishop: perception of widespread abuse is unjust to good priests
Catholic World News - November 14, 2011
The people of Ireland have been misled about the extent of sexual abuse by priests, Archbishop Diarmuid Martin of Dublin has said.
Speaking at a Mass for deceased priests, the archbishop referred to a recent survey in which many respondents said that they thought 20% of all priests had been accused of abuse. (The actual figure is about 4%.) Media coverage is partially responsible for that exaggerated reaction, he said. “The horror we all experience at the dreadful reality of abuse in no ways justifies such injustice to the entire body of priests in this diocese and in this country,”
An appeal from our founder, Dr. Jeffrey Mirus:
Dear reader: If you found the information on this page helpful in your pursuit of a better Catholic life, please support our work with a donation. Your donation will help us reach seven million Truth-seeking readers worldwide this year. Thank you!
Progress toward our April expenses ($22,212 to go):
All comments are moderated. To lighten our editing burden, only current donors are allowed to Sound Off. If you are a donor, log in to see the comment form; otherwise please support our work, and Sound Off!