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Famed Irish priest: Halt recruitment to priesthood

August 24, 2009

Faulting the Irish hierarchy’s response to the recent Ryan Report-- which documented systemic abuse in educational institutions-- called upon the Church to cease recruiting men for the priesthood. “The Church must halt recruitment, reform and reorganize, then begin again,” said Father Aidan Troy. “Instead it says ‘this abuse is awful’ but continues its old failed ways. We have a broken, wounded Church and those wounds are self-inflicted.”

Father Troy gained fame in Belfast in 2001 for his defense of Catholic schoolchildren in the face of Loyalist attacks.

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