I see Denis Brennan, the Bishop of Ferns, wants the the parishes of his diocese to give him money for compensation and legal costs as a result of his priests raping children, and his predecessors covering up their crimes.
He told parish representatives last night that the diocese had to pay out more than €10.5m in claims, as well as paying its lawyers to represent it at the Ferns Inquiry. Money also went to treat the rapists.
Brennan also said that the actions of the abusing priests, combined with mismanagement, poor understanding and a lack of resolve had caused the tragedy, as he referred to it.
Let’s just pause to examine this.
Mismanagement, poor understanding and a lack of resolve is what the bishop thinks caused this monumental disgrace.
Do you notice any mention of the cover-up by the bishops? The deliberate concealment of crimes. Any word about that in the bishop’s statement?
No. But he does mention poor understanding, which I can only presume means a failure to understand child abuse.
They didn’t understand that child abuse was wrong, or a crime, which is odd, when you consider that these are the very same people who, for generations, lectured grown adults about putting a bit of rubber on the end of their dick. They understood that well enough, but not the rape of children.
Now, let’s have a look at the money.
The diocese had spent over €8m on 48 civil actions and another 13 cases are pending.
€750,000 went on treating the rapists. I know what I’d treat the rapists to, and it wouldn’t cost €750,000.
€1.5m went on legal fees for the Ferns Inquiry, which was necessitated solely because priests of the diocese had been raping children. This cost would not have arisen but for the crimes of the priests in the diocese, and now the bishop wishes his parishioners to cough up for it.
The meeting was also told that insurance covered one seventh of the total cost — an insurance policy that was taken out, presumably, during the time when the bishops didn’t understand child abuse. Isn’t it lucky that they took no chances and insured themselves all the same, even though they didn’t understand what they were insuring against?
I notice that the bishop made no mention of sending a letter to the Vatican asking for a contribution, nor did I hear any mention of the Pope offering to kick a few shillings into the rape fund.
Instead the bishop wants the people of Ferns, whose children were raped, to foot the bill.
How about that?