An update on the situation in Ireland

Via Catholic Culture:

After meeting on December 11 with the leaders of the Irish Catholic hierarchy, Pope Benedict XVI expressed his “outrage, betrayal, and shame” at the revelations that sex-abuse complaints had been covered up in the Dublin archdiocese. Recognizing the devastating effects of the scandal on the faithful, the Pope promised to write a pastoral letter on the subject to the people of Ireland.

In a statement released after the meeting, the Pope voiced “his profound regret at the actions of some members of the clergy who have betrayed their solemn promises to God, as well as the trust placed in them by the victims and their families, and by society at large.” He offered his prayers for the victims and vowed that “the Church will continue to follow this grave matter with the closest attention in order to understand better how these shameful events came to pass and how best to develop effective and secure strategies to prevent any recurrence.”

Bishop Donal Murray of Limerick, who was an auxiliary bishop in Dublin during the period covered by the Murphy Commission’s investigation, is expected to resign.

Why Benedict is not demanding resignation is not clear to me.

Via the National Ledger:

Stunning settlement – An AP news story notes, “Irish order of Roman Catholic nuns, the Sisters of Mercy, offered yesterday to pay child abuse victims, the government, and charities a further $193.5 million to compensate for decades of abuse in its schools and orphanages.”  While the amount seems huge the admission likely seems worse to most people.

The UK Daily Mail notes the announcement of the settlement “came six months after 2,000 people gave evidence of horrific physical and sexual abuse while in the care of Catholic run institutions.”

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