O’Malley washes feet of Irish abuse victims

Boston Cardinal Sean O’Malley and Dublin Archbishop Diarmuid Martin washed the feet of victims of pedophile priests at a forgiveness service in Dublin’s Pro-Cathedral.

Cardinal O’Malley and Archbishop Martin — in “an act of humble service” — washed the feet of “a representative group” of those affected by the sexual abuse of priests, the Belfast Telegraph reports.

On behalf of the Pope who asked him to conduct an external probe into the scandal-ridden Archdiocese of Dublin, Cardinal O’Malley asked for forgiveness for the horrendous abuse cases catalogued in the Murphy Report, and for the systematic cover-up by church authorities.

But the one hour-and-40-minute service was interrupted twice by two victims who walked on to the altar and spoke of their failure to receive justice.

Both men were allowed to have their say by Archbishop Martin, and their contributions were applauded by the congregation, the Telegraph says.


Catholic bishops wash feet of abuse victims (Belfast Telegraph)