The Irish bishops had the tools. And didn’t use them.

“Comment is free, but facts are sacred,” said the revered editor of the Guardian in 1921 – the source of its blog’s name. This should be the case, too, with the sex abuse scandal. One of two major reports on abuse in Ireland was issued last year, the Report by Commission of Investigation into Catholic Archdiocese of Dublin. But I wonder how many people outside of , or even in, Ireland have read it before making up their own facts. To be fair, I suppose that the depravities chronicled therein are enough to overwhelm anyone’s critical balance. However, David Manly, of Family & Life, did swim through the cesspit and came up with some very interesting observations.His comments on Catholic canon law offer little cheer about the past, but a glimmer of light along the road ahead: