Any bishops still in office who were named as having handled child sexual abuse complaints badly should resign as a matter of conscience, said Senator Bacik yesterday at a conference to mark the 25th anniversary of the Galway Rape Crisis Centre.
She also called for a review of the “significant role played by the Catholic Church in the education and health sectors”.
“It is not appropriate for bishops, in particular those found to have colluded in the culture of cover-up, to remain in place as patrons of national schools,” she said.
“The shocking findings of the Murphy Report have shown clearly that the institution of the Catholic Church is not fit to continue to have control over the education of our children.”
Senator Bacik paid tribute to the Galway Rape Crisis Centre and the network of Rape Crisis Centres.
Meanwhile, Galway non-governmental organisation Cope has initiated a campaign to highlight domestic violence against women, as part of the global “16 days” awareness movement.
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