An Irish tragedy: how sex abuse by Irish priests helped by Joe Rigert

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By Joe Rigert

The tale of the way Irish immigrants helped to construct the yankee Catholic Church is recognized. however the unhappy story of ways Irish monks later undermined the Church has long past untold, previously. Investigative reporter Joe Rigert's look for the roots of the Catholic sex-abuse scandals led him to eire, the place he came upon that inflexible sexual repression in either society and the priesthood has had the other of its meant impression, fostering extraordinary and legal sexual expression. although a tiny nation, eire has been a first-rate exporter of abusers to the US, making the Catholic Church's darkest main issue a real Irish tragedy. Catholic historian Terrance Dosh calls this booklet "a riveting learn with many awesome insights." writer Joe Rigert is a veteran investigative journalist, retired from the big name Tribune in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He served as president of the foreign association Investigative journalists & Editors.

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Schroth *** I close up my deserted sophomore dean’s office a little before 5:30, trying to decide which I need more, daily mass or a quick swim. Later I’ll go to the wake of a sophomore’s father who has died in a fall. At a student mass in my residence hall room on Monday night we prayed for those whose lives come apart in the last weeks of class and during exams. During the semester about a half dozen have withdrawn for a while with depression. On the way to the gym I pass John, a student hospitalized two years ago, now one of our successes.

This was in the exciting era of the Hutchins Great Books program, and it was an intellectual experience from which I have never recovered. My extra-curricular activities were those you might expect of someone with my background: ringing doorbells to campaign for a Socialist professor running for Congress, helping a slum-area family paint their home, lobbying in Washington against universal military training, picketing department stores which refused to hire black salespeople. My burning passion, however, was the labor movement, and in my summer jobs and my studies in the Social Sciences I moved toward a career in the field of workers’ education.

Clara is doodling. Now she’s talking to the boy next to her. I never reprimand in public, so I speak to her after class. To my embarrassment, she has been drawing a portrait of me. I appear as a hideous prune, with big ears, deep eyes, wrinkled, bony cheeks, bald head, and a ridged brow like those Klingons on Star Trek. She knows me well. 42 Raymond A. Schroth *** Several weeks into the course, in a rare small experiment with democracy, rather than assign my old standbys, like Thomas Gray’s “Elegy in a Country Churchyard, “ I ask the class to read ahead and pick poems they want to study.

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