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Report: 'Daily terror' in children's homes

DUBLIN, Ireland, May 20 (UPI) -- Children in institutions run by the Roman Catholic church in Ireland lived in "daily terror" of abusive priests, a church report released Tuesday said.

The report, prepared after a nine-year investigation by a commission headed by a judge, Sean Ryan, examines industrial schools where children deemed delinquent, neglected or abandoned by parents were sent, The Irish Times reported. It faulted the religious orders, the Christian Brothers and Sisters of Mercy, that ran the schools and the state Education Department for failing to inspect them.

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"Children lived with the daily terror of not knowing where the next beating was coming from," the report said.

Boys were often victims of sexual abuse, the report said. Girls were less likely to be molested but were physically abused.

Cardinal Sean Brady, the primate of Ireland, apologized for the church's history.

"This report makes it clear that great wrong and hurt were caused to some of the most vulnerable children in our society," Brady said. "It documents a shameful catalog of cruelty: neglect, physical, sexual and emotional abuse, perpetrated against children."

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