You’d think, wouldn’t you, after all that has been said and done, after all that has been revealed, after all the angst, the suffering, the investigations and revelations that the Irish bishops might finally start to get it.
You might reasonably imagine that this bunch of supposedly adult, mature clerics might at long last realise what a disaster they have created by their arrogance and their stupidity.
You might have thought that they’d finally grasp the opportunity to set things straight, make restitution and in all humility set about rebuilding their church to serve the people.
You might have assumed all these things, but you’d be wrong.
Bishop of Elphin, Christy Jones, spoke to the media at the end of a two-day meeting of the bishops, their very first plenary conference after the horrors of the Murphy report on clerical abuse were revealed.
Christy said that child abuse is being covered up throughout society and couldn’t see why the Catholic church was being singled out. According to the bishop, 95% of child abuse is happening in the home and has been going on for centuries. He can’t understand why the Catholic church is being picked on and singled out.
Now, this is normally the part where I blow my top and start calling the bishop a gobshite, an idiot, an arrogant, overbearing fool and a danger to children.
But not this time.
I’m so staggered by this man’s detachment from reality that I’ll just end here and leave you to ponder the significance of such a statement coming from a bishops’ conference that was supposed to be contemplating the meaning of the Murphy and Ryan reports on clerical child sex abuse.
In the past, when I said, they just don’t get it, I was hoping that perhaps one day the penny would drop, but after this, I’m afraid there’s no hope for these old guys.
They didn’t get it. They don’t get it. They won’t get it.
They are a danger to our children.
Time to kick them out and take control of the schools we pay for.