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Archbishop Martin: Church in Dublin ‘called to do penance’ for abuse

February 22, 2010

Archbishop Diarmuid Martin said on February 21 that the Church in Dublin must do penance for the clerical abuse of children documented in the Murphy report.

“This year is a moment in which the whole Church in Dublin is called to do penance and seek reconciliation concerning terrible facts about the abuse of children and how they were responded to,” he said. “We have to reject any temptation to think that renewal in the Church can be achieved without recognizing the hurt of the past, the damage done to innocent children, and how that damage was ignored.”

“Lent is a time when we must all look at our responsibilities for the society and for the Church which allowed such a situation to take shape,” he added.


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  • Posted by: New Sister - Feb. 22, 2010 6:47 PM ET USA

    Maybe he should prescribe penances -- fasts, sackcloth ?