THIS IS a guest posting from a professional who works with victims of sexual abuse.
As a worker in a Rape Crisis Centre I have never been under any illusion about the Catholic Church. For many years now I have heard countless stories of clerical sexual abuse. Men and women often told their stories for the very first time to a rape crisis counsellor and sadly, many were actually believed for the very first time in a rape crisis centre.
In some ways the publication of the Murphy report is another day of vindication for survivors, who have been dismissed, ignored, ridiculed and condemned as liars by the very institution which condoned and encouraged their brutalisation.
There is clear, well-researched evidence which shows just how devious, manipulative and cunning sex offenders are capable of being. Abusive clergy had the additional advantage of the backing of the Catholic Church, a church which demonstrated time and time again a willingness, indeed an eagerness, to cover up the most savage crimes.
After World War Two, people who harboured Nazis were hounded and vilified as Nazi sympathisers, and now the Murphy report has exposed another type of sympathiser: the paedophile sympathiser.
Paedophile sympathisers are dressed up as men of God. Men who put Holy Communion into our children’s’ mouths while all the time plotting, fantasising and covering up their abuse.
In the wake of the Murphy report, the arrogance of the Catholic Church continues to shine through in its refusal to force the relevant bishops to resign and in the complete lack of an adequate, prompt response from Rome. And while those holy men contemplate their next move, survivors the length and breadth of Ireland try to get on with their lives.
All Bock posts on the Murphy Report