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  The dark side of Ireland

Early 21st century —

The stories prying open the institution show that rape of children was endemic recently within the Irish Catholic church and that its heirarchy knew.

This does not mean that most priests were committing such crimes — just that sexual abuse of children within the priesthood and among Christian Brothers (school-teachers) was quasi-normal; somewhat normalized; certainly known, tolerated, and concealed in a criminal way.

Violent abuse of children in the schools was just normal. The absolute power of the church's control over Irish society did a dis-service to many.