It doesn’t matter if bishops resign. It doesn’t matter what club they stay in or what club they choose to leave. It doesn’t matter if they look into their rotten consciences.
That’s their own business.
What matters is the real power they still wield in their positions as patrons of schools; the power, for example, to hire and fire a teacher whose beliefs do not accord with their own.
The State must not consult these men. It must take all power away from them.
As we have seen from the Murphy report, these people have only one allegiance: to their private club. Not to the children in their schools, nor the patients in church-owned hospitals. Not to you. Not to me. Not to this so-called republic that has given them so much influence.
It’s time to stop talking to these people. It’s time they were sidelined, removed from all positions of influence, and arrested where necessary.
It’s time every single one of their institutions was nationalised. Just like the corrupt bankers, these morally-corrupt, debased, cynical men have no place running any institution of this State.
These clerics care nothing for the people. They care nothing for the children. They care nothing for ethics.
They exist solely to protect the power and the wealth of their organisation and they will never voluntarily reform.
If one bishop resigns he will simply be replaced by another old cynic.
There is a man in this town, Donal Murray, who was found by the Commission to be grievously derelict in his responsibility to the victims of sexual abuse while he worked in the Dublin diocese. He learned nothing from that experience, and went on to dismiss the pleas of an abuse victim in Limerick, who felt so intimidated by the way Murray’s hired pit-bulls treated him that took his own life in despair.
This man, Donal Murray, controls many primary schools in Limerick and is ultimately responsible for the safety of children in those schools. It doesn’t matter if he resigns as a bishop. That’s irrelevant.
Ther only solution is to remove all churchmen from positions of power within this republic and let them go back to being humble priests as they were meant to be.
The State is the appropriate body to control all our schools and all our hospitals, not a bunch of unqualified, cynical, power-mad old men who covered up the most appalling crimes against children and will continue to do so because they are incapable of learning anything.
Forget about appeals to these guys’ consciences. They have no consciences.
It’s time for the State to act in an adult way, step in and remove these people and their organisations from power. And it’s time for a policeman’s hand on some of their collars to do the job their consciences are incapable of doing.
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