First Topic – Kresta Comments
Second Topic – The Ryan Report
Physical and sexual abuse was "endemic" in Irish Catholic church-run industrial schools and orphanages. That according to a 10-year investigation by the Commission to Inquire into Child Abuse which released its 2,600 page final report earlier this year. The investigation found that Catholic priests and nuns for decades terrorized thousands of boys and girls in the Irish Republic, while government inspectors failed to stop the chronic beatings, rape and humiliation. More than 30,000 children deemed to be petty thieves, truants or from dysfunctional families – a category that often included unmarried mothers – were sent to Ireland's austere network of industrial schools, reformatories, orphanages and hostels from the 1930s until the last facilities shut in the 1990s. We have an extensive report and give reasons for hope.
Third Topic – How the Body of Christ in Ireland is Dealing With The “Ryan Report”