As a follower of the Church, I have to say that I am in no way looking forward to the publication of the Dublin Diocese Report into child abuse. In fact, I am quite sickened by it. I'm sure every single one of my comrades feels the same. At this point in time, the most important thing is that the report is published which will enable those victims to get recompense in a stream-lined manner, whilst ensuring that high-grade evidence against those criminals responsible for inflicting evil is available.
The clergy are tasked with a gruelling job of cutting out the cancer and finding the resources to compensate victims, whilst at the same time getting on with all their other responsibilities within the Church. This is not an easy time and all stakeholders in the process need support, encouragement and above all, prayer. There are some desperate cases that need attention and some very tough decisions will need to be made.
I hope that the victims will find some comfort in the publication of this report and that they can find it in their hearts to forgive those people responsible for inflicting great evil on them. Some may remain scarred and bitter till the day they die - some are already dead - some are so anxious and upset that they can't bring themselves to relive the horrors they went through. It's these people my thoughts and prayers are with.