Is there no end to the Catholic church’s arrogance?
Yet again we have Cardinal Seán Brady presuming to tell us what legislation we may have and what we may not. This time, Brady is lecturing us about a planned law on civil partnerships, warning the government that it could be facing a legal challenge.
Seán doesn’t like the Civil Partnership Bill, which will increase protections for cohabiting couples, including people in same-sex relationships, in matters like inheritance rights, pensions and taxation.
Brady doesn’t like this.
He thinks it’s an attack on the family, whatever that is. This term “the family” is a stick the religious Right have used for generations to beat the rest of us over the head and try to intimidate us, but somehow they never quite manage to define what The Family is, apart from some intangible, abstract concept to which they own the rights. A bit like a KFC franchise. A Family Soap-box.
How’s this for a condescending, supercilious threat to the Irish people and to their legislature?
Those who are committed to the probity of the Constitution, to the moral integrity of the word of God and to the precious human value of marriage between a man and a woman as the foundation of society may have to pursue all avenues of legal and democratic challenge to the published legislation if this is the case.
There are many assumptions in there, including the assumption that the Catholic hierarchy has enough surviving moral authority to lecture anyone on matters of probity. These people who presided over the abuse of generations of children, and who protected the rapists, still feel entitled to lecture us on probity. Isn’t it amazing? And isn’t it remarkable that Seán and his fellow bullies feel so unsure of their status these days, that they need to resort to the threat of legal action?
Incidentally, I have news for Seán. As a celibate, he has no legal standing in the matter. Furthermore, even if he were married, he would still have no standing to mount a legal challenge, because the Bill won’t change the law on marriage. But in any case, he’s a celibate. An unmarried, single cleric, who would do well to stick to his prayer book and stay out of affairs of State. And who would do well, as a celibate, to keep his lectures to himself about things like marriage, of which he knows nothing.
Don’t forget, these are the same people who tried to slither out of their responsibilities by claiming not to understand child-abuse. Odd, isn’t it, the way these guys’ minds work? They want a free pass on child-abusing priests by claiming to know nothing. But on the other hand, they feel entitled to lecture normal people on things like contraception and marriage: things of which they also know nothing.
In years gone by, when Seán ‘s people were in positions of real temporal power, they abused that power and they abused the children of this land. They betrayed the trust placed in them so badly that their word no longer commands respect or authority in this land, but despite everything, they’re in a state of denial and they can’t see how little we think of them.
They’re a disgrace. They are widely held in contempt for their dishonesty and they’d be better off trying to win back our trust by a display of true humility instead of trying to intimidate us through silly legalistic bluster.
Of course, this isn’t the first time Seán Brady has made an ass of himself in recent years.
You might remember some of these Bock posts. Have a flick through them and then tell me the Irish Catholic clergy are living on the same planet as the rest of us.