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Church 'learnt much about abuse'
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Bishops launched their Lenten pastoral reflection on Tuesday
The Catholic Church has learnt a great deal about the measures needed to respond effectively to sexual abuse, Ireland's bishops have said.

It was important for that knowledge to be shared and "the cry for healing needs to be heard from all victims of child sexual abuse", they said.

The bishops launched details of their Lenten pastoral reflection on Tuesday.

Catholic Primate of All-Ireland Dr Sean Brady said Wednesday was Ash Wednesday and the beginning of Lent.

"Lent is a time of reflection, a time when we set out to improve our lives in the light of the Gospel," he said.

"This makes it an appropriate time for the Church to reflect on its journey of becoming more faithful to the Gospel in its response to the issue of child sexual abuse."

"Bishop of Limerick Dr Donal Murray said the Good Samaritan was the bishops' model.

"We must not, like the priest and Levite in the parable, pass by on the other side, failing to see somebody's suffering because we are too wrapped up in our own business to notice.

"To be a Good Samaritan means being available to listen, to learn, to understand and to offer wholehearted help.

"He added: "One of the greatest losses for those who were abused as children is that it has often made it hard for them to see the Church as a source of hope and consolation and strength.

"We would dearly love to be able to restore what was taken from them."

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