The Shame of Ireland
comments made by Mark Vincent Healy on survivors after an announced visit of the Pope to Ireland, I have added the full report on rte news this evening.
Meanwhile, Mark Vincent Healy, an advocate for survivors of child sexual abuse by clergy who has met Pope Francis in the Vatican criticised the manner of the Taoiseach's announcement today.
He dismissed Mr Kenny's claim that the Church under Pope Francis has significantly improved its response worldwide to survivors and victims' families, which he estimates are numbered in their hundreds of thousands.
In a statement, Mr Healy accused Pope Francis' Commission for the Protection of Minors for achieving little during its 32 months in existence.
He also said Mr Kenny's description of improvements of church-State relations here following Mr Kenny's excoriation of the Vatican in 21011 over the Cloyne Report beggared belief.
He accused Mr Kenny's Government of not providing enough support to victims and of allowing funds that were to be managed for and on behalf of survivors of residential abuse to be raided under a Memorandum of Understanding signed in October 2014 between the church organisation Towards Healing and the state-established body, Caranua.
He continued: "I noted quite some time ago that the intention of rebranding the Redress Board was disingenuous. Caranua are a wind-up shop with a four year remit to conclude any and all responsibility of the church and state to Residential Institutional Redress Board survivors.
"Instead of investing the €110m in ongoing services from January 2014, it was the objective of Caranua to terminate by August 2018 any further service to alleviate the lifelong suffering to which RIRB survivors are subjected.
"A statutory review of the functions and performance of Caranua was due last January. It has not been delivered this year. The terms of reference of the review was supposed to include survivors in discussion of those terms but this was not the case," Mr Healy said
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