Deep scars left by abuse trace across the empire of the Catholic Church

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As Ireland awaits Pope Francis, abuse survivors battle to heal scars from a dark past

Source: The Washington Post

 Five decades have passed since the abuse, and now the men, once classmates in a Catholic school, are between 58 and 60 years old.

Many still live around Limerick in western Ireland. They are security guards, factory men, retail workers. Some are unemployed. They get together now and then, and they’ve become better at talking about what happened to them.

But they are still coming to grips with how dark events from their boyhood have shaped their lives.

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