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Forgiveness and the Legacy of Abuse


There is no let-up in reports of the historical abuse of children linked to Church bodies and wider entities, this despite Church and State efforts to establish remedial and preventative structures to address wrongs. The recurrent surge of wrongdoing in Ireland reminds us/society much work remains to be done in dealing with this legacy of trauma. Wrongdoing always finds expression, one way or another, and efforts to respond are always fraught with difficulty – stretched between limitation and possibility of the human condition.
Survivors of abuse (physical, emotional, sexual, etc.) are shifting from a position of mute helplessness to voice acts of protest, anger, or even despair.

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