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Dublin archbishop felt alone in confronting sex-abuse scandal

Catholic World News - December 19, 2011

Archbishop Diarmuid Martin of Dublin, who has frequently criticized his fellow Irish bishops for their handling of the sex-abuse scandal, told a television audience that he felt “very much abandoned” during the crisis.

The archbishop said it was natural for Church leaders to “close ranks” in response to a perceived attack. “But we have to get over that,” he told an RTE television audience. He said that in internal discussions about abuse, “there was very little concern for the children.”

Archbishop Martin, who had been serving at the Vatican when he was named in 2003 to become coadjutor in Dublin, said that he did not realize at the time he would be embarking on an experience that he characterized as “that twilight zone.”

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