Just a few reflections on the clerical child abuse scandal report.
The main message for me is this: No institution, religion, person or concept should be immune to constant and rigorous questioning. It was the behaviour of the drooling sycophants who unquestionably accepted everything ‘Mother Church’ told them that allowed the scandal to continue for so long. As Islam increasingly gets its hands around our European throats it’ll be interesting to see how this requirement pans out. After all, unquestioning obedience (with violent retribution for transgressions) is what Islamic society is all about.
The ‘deal’ negotiated between the Government and religious institutions was in effect the Church negotiating with itself. As I mentioned in this post, the Church always made sure its foot soldiers held the levers of power in the Education and Health Ministries. The head of the Dept. of Education at the time, as well as the Minister, are well known for their, er, strong Catholic views. Hence the sweetheart deal that was rushed through an empty Dail chamber when virtually all of our so-called legislators were out watching Ireland against Germany.
Instead of closing down the institutions involved in the abuse, seizing their property and imprisoning (or better again shooting) their leaders, our supine ‘leaders’ have allowed them to maintain control of key educational and health positions. Even when the taxpayer is picking up the full tab. And they haven’t lost their arrogance. Only recently a cancer patient was denied treatment by a Catholic-dominated ‘ethics committee’ because of some perceived infringement of the Church’s contraceptive rulings. Scarcely credible, isn't it?
The final indignity, CORI (Conference of Religious in Ireland) are the group who ‘negotiated’ the deal that will cost the taxpayers possibly billions. Despite this brazen effrontery, they never cease to berate the Government, i.e. the taxpayers, for not spending more on the Victim, Immigration and Foreign Aid Industries.
Is that shameless or what?