THE CHURCH AND CHILD SEXUAL ABUSE
1994 was the year when paedophile priests were finally forced out of the closet. But the Church is still refusing to answer the vital questions. Report: Eamonn McCann.
Eamonn McCann, 14 Dec 1994
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