Published: Sun, August 26, 2018
Money | By Michele Stevens

The Pope in Ireland

The Pope in Ireland

The Pope has spoken of his pain and shame at the failure of church authorities to tackle the grave scandal of clerical abuse in Ireland. He has vowed "zero tolerance" since the start of his pontificate.

The 500,000 tickets issued for the mass were quickly snapped up, although an unknown number have been booked by a boycott group called "Say Nope To The Pope" which encouraged protesters to order tickets and not use them. The visit was originally meant to celebrate Catholic families.

Small consolation for the thousands of pilgrims waiting for Pope Francis. "I myself share those sentiments", the Pope said.

"It is my hope that the gravity of the abuse scandals, which have cast light on the failings of so many, will serve to emphasize the importance of the protection of minors and vulnerable adults on the part of society as a whole". But while Benedict is credited with cracking down on abusers, he never acknowledged the Vatican's role in fueling a culture of coverup or sanctioned bishops for failing to protect their flocks from predator priests.

Marie Collins, who was abused by a priest when she was being treated in hospital at the age of 13, was also among the eight.

The Vatican provided little detail, simply confirming that he had met with survivors of "clerical, religious and institutional abuse".

On the first day of his historic Irish visit, the pontiff said people had a right to be outraged at the response of senior figures in the Catholic Church to the "repellent crimes" inflicted on young people.

But overall numbers will be significantly lower than the 2.7 million people - half the population of the island of Ireland - who turned out to see Pope John Paul II in 1979.

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Francis will be greeted by major crowds but could also see signs of anger and defiance.

At one protest, people tossed baby shoes to remind the pope of the poor treatment the Catholic Church doled out to the children of unwed mothers.

As well as meeting the president, he will make a speech at Dublin Castle, visit St Mary's Pro-cathedral where he will meet 370 recently married couples, and appear at a festival of the family on Saturday evening.

He was met on the red carpet by deputy head of government Simon Coveney and his children, who presented him with a bouquet of white and yellow roses with Irish foliage.

"With shame and repentance, we acknowledge as an ecclesial community that we were not where we should have been, that we did not act in a timely manner, realizing the magnitude and the gravity of the damage done to so many lives", Francis said.

He received a letter from them explaining how 100,000 single mothers had been "forcibly separated from their babies".

Deeply Catholic Ireland has had one of the world's worst records of clergy sex abuse, crimes that were revealed to its 4.8 million people over the past decade by a series of government-mandated inquiries. It is his prayer, he said, that as the country listens to the contemporary political and social discussion, it will not forget its Christian heritage.

But his two-day trip comes at a time when the Catholic church's influence in the country is waning: Mass attendance has diminished.

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The Taoiseach then went on to reference the Catholic church's and the Irish state's "history of sorrow and shame".

"These wounds are still open and there is much to be done to bring about justice and truth and healing for victims and survivors".

Varadkar cited the recent Pennsylvania grand jury report, which found 300 priests had abused more than 1,000 children over 70 years in six dioceses, in urging Francis "ensure that from words flow actions". "It is a story all too tragically familiar here in Ireland".

Indeed, Ireland's tortured history of abuse has left its mark.

The Argentine pontiff will be in Ireland to close the 2018 World Meeting of Families (WMOF) - a global Catholic gathering that takes place every three years.

The country voted for constitutional change on same sex-marriage in 2015 and voted overwhelmingly to overturn its strict abortion law in May.

Blue ribbons were tied to railings in support of abuse survivors, rainbow flags waved in solidarity with LGBT people and purple umbrellas held in support of the ordination of female priests.

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