Taken from www.alliancesupport.org
Sister Stanislaus Kennedy has apologised unreservedly to survivors of child abuse in Catholic-run institutions.
Sr Stan said the Sisters of Charity were sad, sorry and ashamed that children suffered physical, emotional and sexual abuse while under their care.
She also said that the order must now live up to its financial responsibilities.
Sr Stan is a prominent campaigner for homeless people.
The order is holding a conference on social justice in Dublin today.
The Ryan report into institutional child abuse the economic downturn will be discussed at the conference.
Sr Miriam Hennessey of the Sisters of Charity told the conference that the findings of the report were ‘overwhelming and disturbing’ for all her nuns.
On behalf of the congregation, she apologised again to all past pupils for what took place in the institutions under the congregation’s care.
President Mary McAleese has described the institutional abuse of children as ‘a milestone of biblical proportions in Irish history’.
Addressing a conference organised, she said the abuse of some of the children in the nuns’ care was a sad chapter in their history, which calls for resilience, determination, humility and focus in the journey of amending and healing that lies ahead.
Comment from Machholz
While this apology is very welcome the fact is that the survivors of this injustice are
Still having to fight to get justice
They should not have to beg for help. A well thought out plan of action, that will meet the current needs of the survivors is desperately needed now!
The various groups that have sprung up all over the country are at best well meaning individuals but they do not have the necessary skills to meet with the challenges that have yet to be faced up to in the future
We are dealing, it must be remembered with well established organisations that have enormous resources, and can protect themselves very well indeed
we need to be equally competent with our dealings with these organisations if we are going to succeed in bringing this very sad chapter of Irish history to a close.