Prelate rallies Catholic faithful in wake of sex abuse scandals

Irish Times

August 25, 2019

By Barry Roche

‘We continue to work for healing of memories and hearts,’ says Bishop William Crean

Those who predict the demise of the Catholic Church in Ireland because of clerical sex abuse scandals are mistaken, a bishop has said.

Bishop of Cloyne William Crean said the scale of clerical abuse scandals had shocked and disgusted people in and outside the church and left the hierarchy with a challenge in trying to regain the trust of many, particularly younger people. Bishop Crean said those in leadership roles will continue working towards healing and reconciliation.

“It’s been a tragedy of immense proportions on many levels . . . survivors will take their scars to the grave and we in leadership will always be found wanting in our response to their wounds,” he said. “We continue to work for healing of memories and hearts; the scale of the loss of trust is immense.”

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