Sep 052012
 

So a Catholic bishop twenty years ago didn’t know sex abuse was wrong?  So says John Kirby, Bishop of Clonfert, when explaining why he transferred two sex abusers instead of informing the police.  He had no idea what pedophilia was, says Kirby.   “I saw it as a friendship that crossed a boundary line,” he said. “I have learnt sadly since that it was a very different experience.”

Ponder that now.  He saw it as a friendship that crossed a boundary line.

You know what?  I don’t believe him, any more than I believed the late Cardinal Cahal Daly who tried to minimise his failures in the Brendan Smyth case by claiming exactly the same defence.  He didn’t understand how serious a thing child abuse was.

Nearly twenty years earlier, the current Cardinal, Seán Brady, swore a raped child to secrecy.  Brady clearly knew exactly what was wromg with child abuse and so did his bosses.

Remember, these are the guys who, for two hundred years, have claimed to be the sole authority on sexual morality.

They poked their unclean fingers into every bedroom in the land.  They forced new mothers to endure the humiliating experience of churching, to cleanse them of the sin of childbirth.  They opposed contraception not only in their churches, but in the political arena.   They resisted the legalisation of homosexual acts.  They opposed civil unions between same-sex couples, and they opposed civil divorce among heterosexuals.  They inflicted their grubby, dirty vision of sexuality on ten generations, creating a national neurosis we haven’t yet quite got over.

And yet, as recently as twenty years ago, they didn’t know that raping a child was wrong?

Liars.

 

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  1.  

    One slight correction, he did report the abusers to the Guards, who did nothing about it.

    That said, if he didn’t understand that paedophiles tend towards recidivism he’s incompetent and if he did he deliberately endangered children.

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    The “……lack of understanding of the sinister and recidivist nature of the child abuser, and the lifelong damage that this destructive behaviour has on victims” argument -to use Bishop Kirby’s own words – has been trotted out by churchmen from the very first days this whole clerical sex abuse business became widely known. This is beyond naivety. It is insidious and self serving and downright untrue for the following reason. The institutional church is an authority on evil. Its members have been listening for centuries to people -presumably including clerics – confessing their sins in the confession box. The church has centuries of knowledge of all kinds of human failings. To hear that a bishop in the 20th century had no understanding of the crime of child sexual abuse and its consequences is to invite us to believe that he is either a fool or a knave. There are few foolish bishops.

  3.  

    When are these Bishops going to be arrested? It is just unbelievable that the Cardinal called Brady was never held to account. And this guy wants to moralize about abortion?

    Irish politicians are spineless when it comes to the Catholic Church. After these reports come out, politicians talk about how shocked they are. This is the script. When will these fuckers be arrested?

  4.  

    Kirby is a lying cunt. Excuse my francais.

    @Amere – they’ll never be arrested, obviously. I mean, in a very literal sense – it’s obvious. There are laws in every land, and there are people who enforce those laws; that’s the extent of it. Who the “enforcers” hold to account is never certain, except that it will very, very rarely be a member of “the establishment”.

    And as much as I’m certain that it’s not right, I’m certain that it will never change. This is why I espouse what I call “natural law”.

    “Natural Law” is, at its most basic, a simulacrum of what would happen in similar circumstances in nature. To wit: imagine what a lioness would do to you if you abuse one of her cubs.

    Et voila. It may not fit anyone’s standard of “morality” but it is surely no less amoral than the stance these fuckers are taking.

  5.  

    They are the great deceivers who demand the trust of gullible believers.

  6.  

    The Catholic Church – Repressing sexuality since the Dark Ages

    “They are the great deceivers…”
    How ironic that that’s how they themselves describe the magic man underground (as oppossed to the magic man in the sky)

  7.  

    We couldn’t hope for a more appropriate head of the Catholic Church in Ireland. Brady reflects his pompous shallow depraved organisation perfectly. He had ONE opportunity during his arrogant meaningless existence to do the decent humane thing; to make a difference in vulnerable people’s lives; and he failed miserably. That is his legacy.It’s reassuring to see him continue in Armagh. Well done Sean!

  8.  

    “Natural Law”–there’s a case in Turkey at the moment concerning a young lady who cut off her (alleged) rapist’s head, walked to the town square, threw the dripping head in front of a crowd and declared that this is how she dealt with someone who abused her honour. I guess it’s the ultimate “Victim Impact Statement”.

  9.  

    That’s fairly direct.

  10.  

    there’s a case in Turkey at the moment concerning a young lady who cut off her (alleged) rapist’s head, walked to the town square, threw the dripping head in front of a crowd and declared that this is how she dealt with someone who abused her honour.

    That is the last time he forces her to give him head……

  11.  

    One wonders how this Turkish lady would have reacted if one of her children was abused by a member of the clergy; I fear more heads might have rolled. Terror is something that clerical abusers and their protectors have not experienced. Tis a pity. It can be a great motivator. When was the last time you were terrified Sean?

  12.  

    Are you serious? The Catholic Church is now doing GafeGuarding?

    I’m heading out to Spain next week and need someone to guard my gaff while I’m away.

    Who do I need to throw a few quid to?

  13.  

    Thanks

  14.  

    You’re welcome Bro.

  15.  

    “They inflicted their grubby, dirty vision of sexuality on ten generations, creating a national neurosis we haven’t yet quite got over.”

    For me, one sentence says it all.

    Well said.

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