At our meeting in Dublin this morning, we again recognise and accept the gravity of the findings and conclusions contained in the Ryan report.
We fully accept that we seriously failed vulnerable people while in our care and that we have an ongoing responsibility to try to meet their needs.
Rather than reopening the terms of the agreement reached with government in 2002, we reiterate our commitment to working with those who suffered enormously while in our care. We must find the best and most appropriate ways of directly assisting them.
Allowing the same institutions that raped, abused, tortured and abused children to decide how to directly assist victims and survivors is disgusting.
As a rape survivor, I would be disgusted if my rapists decided that they knew best how to help me. The sheer arrogance and mealy-mouthness makes my stomach turn.
The 18 congregations are
Sisters of Mercy;
Daughters of Charity of St Vincent de Paul;
Good Shepherd Sisters;
Oblates of Mary Immaculate;
Hospitaller Order of St John of God;
Sisters of Charity;
Sisters of Our Lady of Charity of Refuge;
Sisters of St Clare;
Institute of St Louis;
De La Salle Brothers;
Daughters of the Heart of Mary;
Brothers of Charity;
Sisters of Nazareth.
As far as they are concerned, the financial deal is closed. They show no remorse, no responsibility and no humility. They are proud and arrogant. They should be disbanded and all properties should be sold and the compensation given to survivors and their families. They have no more place in Irish society.
Other posts to read:
Church of evil
I write letters
The savage reality of our darkest days
Indemnity and the Catholic Church
The Irish Catholic church and child abuse: it's not about bad apples