Irish newspaper withdraws cartoon on child abuse under pressure from priests


The Irish Times apologised and removed from its website this cartoon by Martyn Turner (seen here) published on 16 April in response to pressure from priests.

The cartoon alluded to the first Children's Bill which seeks to make it mandatory for some professions and representatives of institutions to report any incidents of harm or risk of harm to children.

The cartoon has since disappeared from their website(capture Archive). And in its surprise apology, the newspaper describes the publication of the cartoon as a"regrettable editorial lapse".

The Archbishop of Dublin, Diarmuid Martin, said:

"I know that many priests and people have been offended by a cartoon in yesterday's Irish Times. I am a firm believer in freedom of speech and the vital role of satire in social criticism, but I object to anything that would unfairly tarnish all good priests with the unforgivable actions of some. We have great priests in the Archdiocese of Dublin".

The cartoon pointed out the unforgivable actions of all those who are neither great priests nor great people. And those who do their best to silence them.

So the archbishop's argument has had more force than the free exercise of satire, they have felt hurt by what they consider a general cause and attack on the guild by getting a reminder of the numerous cases of child abuse covered up by the church and the church's distracted ability to react to prevent and prosecute these crimes, a very hot topic in Ireland, "removed".

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Irish newspaper withdraws cartoon on child abuse under pressure from priests

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