NOVEMBER 17TH 2009

PRESS RELEASE – ONE IN FOUR.

One in Four today condemns the delay by certain religious orders in making reparation pledges to a fund for survivors of industrial schools and institutions. Executive Director Maeve Lewis says “The entire country was shocked by the revelations of systemic abuse of children by members of religious congregations in the Ryan Report earlier this year. At the time, the religious leaders made repeated apologies to survivors, and indicated that they would be generous in making an additional contribution to a reparation fund for survivors. It is entirely unacceptable that six months later some congregations have not lived up to this commitment.”

Maeve Lewis continues: “Despite what we learned from Ryan, at One in Four we regularly meet survivors who are pursuing a civil action against a religious congregation for compensation for the terrible suffering they endured as children and the devastating impact this has had on their lives. Unfortunately, in a spirit completely at odds with the public apologies, most clients are met with a blanket denial of their claims by the congregations. Time and time again the statute of limitations is used as a defence, and survivors are left with neither acknowledgement nor recompense. Will the Catholic Church ever learn?”

 

2 Responses to “ONE IN FOUR CONDEMNS DELAYS BY RELIGIOUS ORDERS IN MAKING REPARATION PLEDGES”

  1. Kathleen O'Malley "Childhood Interrupted" says:

    Is it possible that Bertie Ahearn and the Catholic Church may learn from the Australian PRIME MINISTER. A GENUNINE APPOLOGY HAS BEEN MADE. Humility is a subject neither B.A. or the C.C. understand or know the meaning of.
    Ireland should take a page from their Book.
    Kathleen O’Malley..

  2. FXR says:

    Will the Catholic Church ever learn? The Catholic Church learned a long time ago and learned well. They learned how to cover up, subjugate, persecute and intimidate. The Catholic Church gave us censorship, propaganda and lessons in how to prosper by lies. That’s what the Catholic Church is: the prosperity of lies.

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