No one, however, will be prosecuted. An order of monks most heavily implicated in the report, The Christian Brothers, successfully sued the commission to prevent it from naming perpetrators and the victims. Public opinion is outraged.
In my one and only brief trip to Ireland (Dublin and Galway), I was struck by how young, and secular, the place was; much more than I had expected. I even heard some talk on the telly of disestablishing the Roman Catholic Church in Ireland. I was startled to say the least. But, the Irish, especially the young, appear to be voting with their feet and walking away from Holy Mother Rome in droves.
I've always found it striking that an ancient institution that always demands contrition and taking responsibility from its followers has so much difficulty being contrite and taking responsibility in any way that would be convincing to anyone other than their own hierarchy.
As far as I'm concerned, these folks are in no position to be preaching anything to anyone.
I also suspect that the reason peace is breaking out in Ulster is because Protestants find the prospect of a secular Ireland a lot less threatening.