Pól Ó Lorcáin
Paul Larkin

Chroniclers are privileged to enter where they list, to come and go through keyholes, to ride upon the wind, to overcome in their soarings up and down, all obstacles of distance, time and place.
Charles Dickens - Barnaby Rudge, Chapter The Ninth

The devil at the heart of the Irish Catholic Church

800 rapists and/or abusers within 200 religious schools and “care” institutions in Ireland. (My paraphrase of a statistic given in the Report by the Commission to Inquire into Child Abuse – Mr. Justice Ryan - 2009)

Readers may wish to go this YouTube clip where a victim of Irish religious sex abusers describes his ordeal in gripping and heart breaking detail:

All cultures have devils and bogeymen. These are not just some product of a passing bad dream but real live powers of darkness that are able to intervene directly in the lives of humans so as to inflict pain or oppression on them and turn them away from the good. In broad cultural terms, the devil represents the dark side of a struggle between day and night, between good and evil, between hope and despair. This myth, or if you like this metaphor for the capacity for evil within man, has been with us since we first started to tell stories.

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