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The Catholic Church and child abuse

' Staunch' child-neglecting Catholics, Kate and Gerry McCann

Inquiries into alleged child abuse by Catholic orders in the Irish Republic are due to publish their findings.

The Commission to Inquire into Child Abuse, which was set up in 1999 after a TV documentary, reports on Wednesday.

Testimony has been heard from thousands of former residents of state schools and orphanages over more than 60 years.

A second report, to be published later this summer, is expected to criticise the handling of sex abuse complaints in cases involving up to 500 priests.

The commission has heard testimony from the residents of the state institutions where Ireland's poorest children, as well as the infants of unmarried mothers, were sent.

It was established following the airing of a documentary for Irish television on industrial schools, produced by Mary Raftery.

"There was widespread sexual abuse, particularly in the boys' institutions," she said.

"Extremely vicious and sadistic physical abuse, way off the scale, and horrific emotional abuse, designed to break the children.

"We had people talk to us about hearing screams... the screams of children in the night coming from these buildings and really not knowing what to do."

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The McCanns: Staunch Catholics?
Inside the mind of Kate McCann Daily Mirror

31 January 2009

'Their family says the couple's ordeal has left their staunch Catholic faith undimmed.'

Susan Healy (Kate's mother)

22 October 2007

"...as soon as Kate realised what had happened, it was as if she started to ask God right away to give her Madeleine. Because Kate and Gerry were not the most devout family."

Gerry McCann

25 May 2007

"I'm not the most religious person in the world..."


Gerry McCann outside the church in Praia da Luz
"The priests also know very well what happened that night.” Gonçalo Amaral