Sunday, February 1, 2009

Irish priests engaged in sexual abuse in the United States - a cancer that spread from the West

It wasn't always a desire to spread the Gospel that drew priests from Ireland the US over the years. I recall an American priest calling to our school around 1960 to persuade a class of 14 year olds to join the priesthood in the States. He talked about money, cars and the good life a lot more than he talked about spreading the word of God. This article by Donal Lynch in the Sunday Independent provides a good background to, and outline of, the abuse of children by by Irish priests in the US over the years. I'm sure most priests who went to the US from Ireland did their job as honestly as they could but Lynch argues that a disproportionate number of clerical abusers were Irish.

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