Patrick Hughes, an 82-year-old priest, is upset that anyone should call him a paedophile.
I’m only attracted to altar boys, he told the police. I’m not a paedophile.
Remember the Murphy Report, do you? Remember all these bishops talking about how they finally got sense and started to cooperate with the authorities?
That was how long ago? Oh, let’s see now. Two months ago?
As recently as two months ago, they were telling us that they got sense by the end of the 90s and started to cooperate with the police.
Now we have a case of Patrick Hughes, jailed yesterday by the Circuit Criminal Court for abusing a child, and the police gave evidence that when they sought the help of the Church authorities in locating the abuser, they were given the run-around.
Was this in the eighties?
Was it in the nineties?
No. It was eight years ago that a member of the All-Priests Synchronised Formation Child-Abusing Team was shielded by those who run the Dublin diocese. Shielded from the police and the courts. According to Hughes’s own lawyer, the church authorities were reluctant to deal with the matter in a candid fashion.
This is a man who thinks abusing an altar-boy is not paedophilia.
Once again, the Catholic bishops have lied barefaced to the Irish people, and once again they have shown that they do not understand how child-abuse could be a crime.
As I have said before, these are the people in charge of most primary schools in this little republic of ours.