June 16th, 2010
04:17 PM ET

Irish bishops respond to abuse scandal

Irish Catholic bishops will look for ways to have lay people more involved in church life to help prevent the kind of child abuse by clergy that has rocked the church worldwide, the bishops announced Wednesday.

"Particular attention ought to be given to establishing and developing parish pastoral councils, finance committees, and other bodies which enable greater participation of the lay faithful in the service and mission of the church," they said in a statement at the end of their summer meeting.

They were responding to an unprecedented statement from Pope Benedict XVI in March, addressing the Irish church on the scandal.

Three different government-backed reports have found widespread abuse of children by Catholic clergy in Ireland stretching back decades, and a pattern of cover-ups by the church.

- Newsdesk editor, The CNN Wire

Filed under: Catholic Church • Pope Benedict XVI

soundoff (5 Responses)
  1. P Winslow

    I am Irish and Catholic and not proud of it, but I believe this abuse has gone on with all priests in all countries. My name now is Pen Winslow and I am a recovering Catholic. I'll find a new church. Can't stand the Pope.

    July 14, 2010 at 7:42 pm |
  2. rie waller

    Can someone pls tell me if Richard Allen Greene has a Facebook page?? With so much going on with the Brits admitting fault re: Bloody Sunday...would like to keep abreast of developments there,,,,Pls post msg here...I will check back. Thx in advance.

    June 20, 2010 at 10:14 pm |
  3. penpall

    Involve lay people to help prevent.... this is funny.. The important thing is get there reliably clergy – import them if necessary (we have good priests over here.
    Children are often taught to be careful with strangers, while within the church there should not be a feeling to be among untrustworthy strangers.
    Hope this grave problem is the last in church history – the institution must see to it.

    June 16, 2010 at 10:37 pm |
  4. Reality

    Considering that over half of convicted pedophiles are married, getting the Irish laity involved with the Ireland's RCC is not going to solve the problem. A good example are the abuse cases in the Boy Scouts of America and how the cases have been covered up for 70 years.

    June 16, 2010 at 9:08 pm |
  5. Jan Fredericks, LPC, MA

    This should have been happening for decades. I hope they have some police, and a judge on the committees.
    We are the Church who needs truth, transparency and healing.

    June 16, 2010 at 8:51 pm |
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