He highlights the duplicity and evasion of the Jesuits in covering up repeated sexual abuse of children by one of their priests, in three different schools in three different counties. This priest ended up as a part-time chaplain in Saint Vincent’s Hospital.
This reflects the wider ethos of the Catholic church in Ireland. They believe that they are above the law of the State, and they will prioritise their own evangelising mission, including in any influence that they are allowed to have in the new national maternity hospital.
Atheist Ireland has always argued that the State should own and directly run the national maternity hospital. It should not cede control over this essential public service to any private body, never mind to a charity associated with the Catholic church.
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