Irish Catholic bishops are to send their young people off to Catholic schools and churches to be indoctrinated in the Catholic faith, the Irish Catholic Herald reports.
The move comes after the Church of Ireland issued a public apology for its involvement in a child sex abuse scandal that rocked the church for years.
Bishop Patrick O’Connor said the aim was to “ensure that children of the Church in Ireland are in a world of good things and not in a dangerous world of evil”.
He said the move was “an opportunity to re-establish the integrity of the Irish family”.
The Church of England has also admitted it helped cover up the crimes of former bishops and officials in the abuse scandal.
The Church also announced a fund to be set up to help victims and those who have been victims of child sexual abuse.
“This is a new and unique opportunity to engage our young people in the faith and to help them develop their moral compass,” Bishop O’Brien said.
“The fund will enable the children of this congregation to receive an education in the Faith, and will be the main source of support for those who are in crisis.”
It comes after Irish Catholic leaders and senior officials admitted the Church helped cover-up abuse in the Irish church, as part of its cover-ups.
The revelations came as a parliamentary committee called for an independent inquiry into the Catholic Church’s complicity in the scandal.
“It’s an absolute scandal and it’s absolutely appalling,” Sinn Fein senator Paul Murphy said.
The Church has said it is “deeply shocked and saddened” by the revelations and is looking to make sure that “no child is harmed”.
“We are taking this opportunity to ask that the Government take immediate steps to ensure that no children are harmed,” it said in a statement.
The Irish Catholic Church has since released a statement saying it “will not comment on individual cases”.
Irish Catholic Bishop Patrick ‘Patrick’ O’Connolly said the “big picture” of the abuse problem is clear.
“I would like to say to all people, it’s not the fault of the Catholic church, it is the fault and the responsibility of all those who were involved, that’s the way it is,” he said.
He said a number of people have come forward to speak out and “that is a very sad day for the Catholic community”.
The Catholic Church in England has acknowledged that it assisted in the cover-Up, and said the Church has been working with victims and survivors to help re-build their faith.
But it has also said it will not make any apologies for the past.
Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar said he “never believed” the church was to blame.
“What I do know is that the Catholic bishops were very, very concerned about the children who were abused,” he told the ABC.
“We need to know what happened in those schools.
We need to understand what happened.
We must not allow the abuse to be swept under the carpet.”
In December, Irish authorities said they were investigating allegations of “child sexual abuse” in a Catholic school in Dublin, where more than 100 children were allegedly sexually abused by a priest.
In November, an Irish court ruled that the former chief prosecutor for the investigation into the abuse in a Dublin Catholic school had been dismissed, after it emerged he had been sexually abused when he was a young priest.