I think every Catholic should read the terrible report on sexual, physical and emotional abuse of children in Ireland.
In other parts of the world similar abuse took place in similar institutions, in Ireland all took place under the heading of the Church, which more or less ran Irish social services.
I am left wondering why such ghastly things should have happened.
Was "child care" pre-1980s like this everywhere; brutality, violence, humiliation were part of even the best schools.
Is it a fault of the Catholic Church as a whole?
Is it the particular fault of the the Church in Ireland?
Is it something to do with Irish culture in particular?
I am also left wondering whether there are other areas of society, in Ireland especially, but also elsewhere, where similar acts of abuse took place.