We, Sisters of Mercy, welcome the publication today, Wednesday 20th May, 2009, of the Report of the Commission to Inquire into Child Abuse. We extend our gratitude to Judge Sean Ryan and the Commission on the completion of its work. We will now thoroughly examine and reflect upon its important and detailed findings.
We accept that many who spent their childhoods in our orphanages or industrial schools were hurt and damaged while in our care. On the occasion of the publication of the Commission’s Report, we renew our unconditional apology to all who suffered while in our institutions.
The Commission had the task of inquiring into the nature, circumstances and extent of abuse of children within institutions. Since the beginning of this inquiry in 2000, the Congregation has endeavoured to assist the Commission in every possible way.
As we receive the Report today, we know that it is a very traumatic time for everyone involved. We are mindful of all who, as children, were cared for by us in our institutions. We know that it is a very painful time for you as you read the findings of the Report. It is a very difficult time for our sisters and our lay staff who gave long service in caring for children in our residential institutions.
There is a great sadness in all of our hearts at this time and our deepest desire is to continue the healing process for all involved.
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