Belfast Telegraph

Church claims it is tackling abuse

By Alf McCreary

The United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child did not miss its target when it claimed this week that the Catholic Church is more interested in protecting its image than in the welfare of children subjected to sexual abuse.

The Church has reacted forcefully and has claimed – with some justification – that it is tackling the issue, but much has yet to be done. The UN statement, plus the inquiries taking place into child sex abuse in Catholic institutions in the north, will mean that a dark cloud will continue to hang over the Church here for a very long time to come.

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