I saw the video below and was in tears after. The man is Michael O’Brien and he’s a former mayor of Clonmel. He also passed through an institution run by a religious order when he was a young boy. Any apologists casting aspirations on the motivations of those who gave evidence to The Commission To Enquire Into Child Abuse or attempting to downplay the extent of the abuse that went on should be forced to watch it.
A transcript of the piece is available here.
To top all this off, not only are the clergy escaping criminal justice and having the taxpayer pay most of the compensation but the records of the commission are going to be destroyed. What kind of a democracy are we that such gross abuses are uncovered and then buried to prevent them from ever getting into the public domain. Who is the government really trying to help here? The church or the victims?