The Catholic clergy have controlled the Irish education system for generations because our politicians were too spineless to do anything about it. For generations, the bishops have claimed to be the providers of education to Irish children, even though the State pays for the schools and the teachers’ salaries. They’ve claimed for generations that without the clergy’s selfless charity, there would have been no education system in Ireland, carefully warping the real truth which is this: they fought tooth and nail to undermine any suggestion of a secular education system which would challenge their absolute power over Irish children during their formative years.
Now I see that the bastards are still at it.
Here’s this character called Bishop Leo O Reilly, chairman of the Irish Bishops Conference commission on education. Leo is pissed off with the government because they have plans to build new schools and staff them without making one of his buddies the patron.
The Catholic Church makes no apology, says Leo, for its ongoing presence in education delivery.
Now. Let’s analyse that.
The Church’s presence in education delivery.
Isn’t that a clever use of words?
Well, no, actually. It isn’t a clever use of words. It’s just the usual slithery old evasion we’ve come to expect from these two-faced con-artists over the decades, and which they got away with when people were less critical than they are today.
Is Leo saying the Church will deliver the education?
Is he even saying they’ll pay for it?
No. Certainly not.
And yet, even though he’ll neither pay for nor deliver anything, the arrogant old fucker demands a presence.
A presence, by Jesus!
The delivery and the paying will be done by the taxpayer. We’ll pay for the school, we’ll pay for the teachers yet Leo wants to be the boss.
Why? What entitles him to have such a position?
This is an old guy in a skirt with a silly hat. What the fuck does he know about education? The people we need in charge of our schools are education professionals, not witch-doctors like Leo and his creaking old pals.
I’m heartened to see the bland response he received from the Minister for Education, to the effect that the Department would consider his comments. I hope that means the same as the old retort:
Dear Sir, Your letter was before me. It is now behind me.
If Leo really wanted to make a contribution and deliver something useful, I know what he could do. He could put his energies into controlling the child-abusing bastards his colleagues protected over the decades. And he could give us back the money he and his pals siphoned from the public purse because they wouldn’t pay for the consequences of child abuse, leaving us to pick up the tab instead.
And then he could do something more in keeping with his priestly status, such as getting down on his knees and begging our forgiveness for his arrogance.
And after that he can fuck right off.
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