Dublin, Ireland, Aug 24, 2018 / 11:18 am
Amid clerical sexual abuse scandals in Ireland, Chile, Australia, and the US, the Archbishop of Dublin lamented the scale of the problem, but said the Church in Ireland has greatly improved.
"In Ireland we have made extraordinary progress. We have mandatory reporting obligations and carry those out within a day as soon as we find a substantial allegation and we follow up on them," Archbishop Diarmuid Martin said Aug. 22 at the World Meeting of Families.
The Church in Ireland has been implicated in numerous historical scandals concerning the abuse of children and the mistreatment of unwed mothers and their children.
Pope Francis will be in Ireland Aug. 25-26, and is expected to meet with abuse victims while in the country.