The Scale of Clerical Sex Abuse of Children
Cardinal Connell is trying to block the child abuse Commission from seeing 5,586 documents, out of a total of 66,583. His apologists quote this statistic as if it proves that he is only trying to hide a small number of documents. Of course, they are also likely to be the most important documents, but put that aside for a moment.
Just look at the scale of this. You know what a ream of A4 paper looks like. It contains 500 sheets. Well, Connell is trying to hide an absolute minimum of between eleven and twelve reams of paper, all dealing with his response to complaints about paedophile priests.
And that’s assuming that each ‘document’ is only one page long, which would be unusual for most legal documents. The actual total might be twice that, or even more.
But the scandal is even greater than this. >>>
It also means that the Dublin diocese of the Catholic Church has an absolute minimum of over one hundred and thirty three reams of paper on its files relating to complaints about paedophile priests.
Again, that’s assuming that each ‘document’ is only one page long. The actual total might be twice that, or even more. And that is in just one diocese, in just one country, during one period of time.
What type of organization would have such a huge amount of documentation on its files, relating to complaints about its employees raping and abusing children?
And what other organization would survive such a disclosure without being closed down?