Colm debates Clerical Abuse in Ireland with US Catholic League

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Well this was an interesting debate. Dr Bill Donohue of the Catholic League issued a statement in which he condemned “hysteria” over clerical sexual abuse in Ireland.

Matt Cooper at Today Fm’s Last Word asked me to come on the show and debate the issue with the good Dr Donohue. It was quite the discussion.

I never ceased to be amazed at just how blind some ‘commentators’ can be when faced with a truth which challenegs their view of the world. Dr Donohues simplistic analysis of the Ryan Report is shocking to say the least. I am always of the view that it is better to give space and time in such debates for the opposing view to undermine itself. In this case it didn’t take much time or effort on my part for that to happen.

Let me know what you think.

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One Response to “Colm debates Clerical Abuse in Ireland with US Catholic League”
  1. Eamon says:

    The man is obviously deluded – belittles the impact of physical abuse, and then admits that the leather is wrong. He’s also trying to compartmentalise things which are interrelated – I’m sure that many voyeuristic incidents and fondling episodes were a prelude to rape.

    On the subject of physical and emotional abuse, which I suffered at the hands of the Brothers in Northern Ireland – it can have a terrible impact on your life: self-doubt, self-loathing, fear of expressing oneself, paranoia, fear of intimacy, social awkwardness – and I’m sure a whole host more of things I can’t express. I’m only getting over what happened to me thirty years on – but I can say that it blighted my life and limited my potential greatly.

    One final thing about Donohue’s maligned Physical Abuse – there is often a sexual element to it on the part of the abuser – so he’s right out trying to downplay it.

    I just wish there could be an investigation into clerical abuse in Northern Ireland.

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