They’re incapable of straight talk. They just can’t do it.
Here’s an extract from John Magee’s resignation statement: —
I want to offer once again my sincere apologies to any person who has been abused by any priest of the Diocese of Cloyne during my time as bishop or at any time. To those whom I have failed in any way, or through any omission of mine have made suffer, I beg forgiveness and pardon. As I said on Christmas Eve 2008 after the publication report of the National Board for Safeguarding Children in the Catholic Church in Ireland, I take full responsibility for the criticism of our management of issues contained in that report.
Why couldn’t he have said To those whom I have failed, I beg forgiveness and pardon?
Why couldn’t he have said I take full responsibility for concealing these crimes from the police?
Really, there’s just no hope for them. None.