Ferns report uncovers extent of child abuse

The 271-page Ferns Report has been published. It looks like grim reading. It contains over a hundred allegations against 26 priests in one diocese. Some of the individuals are named, many more are given letters of the Greek alphabet. But the implications for the church are likely to run much wider than that, with questions already being raised over the effect of imposing celibacy on all its priests.

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