Ireland abuse survivors say Pope must face up to Church’s past sins
August 25, 2018 | World | No Comments|
(CNN)The last time a Pope came to Ireland was 1979, and Colm O’Gorman remembers tuning into live television coverage of the visit from his family’s home in County Wexford.
The teenager watched with rapt attention as Pope John Paul II celebrated a “youth Mass” in the harbor city of Galway like a rock star, declaring in his homily to a festival-like crowd of hundreds of thousands: “Young people of Ireland, I love you.”
A year and a half later O’Gorman was raped for the first time by a Catholic priest.