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RECENT revelations of sexual abuse in the Dublin archdiocese are truly heart-rending.
But the challenge for the nation and its Catholic citizenry is not just to absorb this horror. It is a pretty sure bet that if inquiries are conducted in dioceses across the country, the same horror story would be forthcoming.
The priority now is for each Catholic to determine what, if anything, he or she feels can be done to end this tyranny of abuse, denial, obfuscation and betrayal.
For every priest or religious who perpetuated these acts of abuse, there was a priest, religious or bishop who witnessed, at a minimum, questionable behaviour, failed to report it and chose the institution over the children.
Every cheque written, every euro put in the collection plate, every hour of service donated to a church or school managed by the church is an act of collusion with this toxic institution of tyranny and abuse.
It is time for the Catholic citizenry to do what the church hierarchy continues to fail to do. Every Saturday evening or Sunday morning each of us has the opportunity to choose the children over the institution. It is time to get off our knees, vote with our feet and with our chequebooks because it is time to take Catholicism back.
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