The Catholic Primate of All Ireland has apologised to children on behalf of the church for ‘failing’ them.
At the 50th International Eucharistic Congress held at the RDS in Dublin yesterday, Cardinal Sean Brady also asked for God’s forgiveness at the service during which he talked of how the church let the children down and failed to hear their cries for help.
“I want to take this opportunity of the 50th International Eucharistic Congress to apologise for the times when some of us were blind to your fear, deaf to your cries and silent in response to your pain,” he said.
“May God forgive us for the times when we as individuals and as a church failed to seek out and care for those little ones who were frightened, alone and in pain because someone was abusing them,” he continued.
The cardinal said that he hoped a large granite Healing Stone which was unveiled at a separate event last week "might become a symbol of conversion, healing and hope".
“I hope it will become a symbol of a church that has learned from the mistakes of the past and strives to become a model for the care and wellbeing of children,” he said.