Unfair to Pick on Church Over Child Abuse, Says Bishop Christy Jones

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.


Murphy Report – Bishops’ Statement First Draft

The Catholic bishops issued a formal statement today, but Bock agents have managed to get hold of an earlier draft.  Here it is.


We, as bishops, want to throw up apologise to all those who were befriended abused by priests as children, their families and to all troublemakers people who feel rightly outraged and let down by the criminal conspiracy failure of moral leadership and accountability that emerges from the Report.

We intend to keep the lid on this. As a final an initial response to the Report, we decided to close ranks agreed today to request the National Board for Safeguarding Children in the Catholic Church to start another red herring explore with the relevant Government departments and statutory authorities, North and South, ways of burying this a mechanism by which to ensure that the Church’s current policies and practices in relation to the safeguarding of children represent plausible deniability best practice and that allegations of abuse are properly covered up this time handled.

We knew exactly what was going on.We are completely indifferent deeply shocked by the scale and depravity of abuse as described in the Report, even though we know that the Report wasn’t about abuse, but about our cover-up. We can’t slither out of this one but we hope that by concentrating on the abuse we’ll be able to take the attention off us. We couldn’t give a toss are shamed by the extent to which we covered up child sexual abuse was covered up in the Archdiocese of Dublin but it was all in good fun and recognise that this could cause trouble for us indicates a culture that was widespread in the Church. The avoidance of the police scandal, the preservation of our pensions the reputations of individuals and of the Church, are obviously the most important things, takes took precedence over the safety and welfare of children. We won’t be caught on the hop the next time.This should never have been found out happened and must never be allowed to be discovered happen again. Here  Have some meaningless guff to shut you up. We humbly ask for forgiveness you idiot.

The Report messes up our holidays raises very important issues for our comfortable retirement the Church in Ireland, including the money it will cost us the functioning of the Bishops’ Conference, and, how to stop people walking away the lay faithful can be more effectively bamboozled involved in the life of the Church. We will make up more nonsense when we get time give further detailed consideration to these issues.

In response to the many concerns raised about the lies we tell you all the time the use of ‘Mental Reservation’, we wish to categorically state that we’ll fucking kill Des Connell for letting it slip it has no end of handy uses place in covering up evil. Charity, truthfulness, integrity and transparency are bullshit must be the hallmark of all our communications.

Brady and Martin are going to shaft Murray. Ratzo’s like a dog over it. Cardinal Seán Brady and Archbishop Diarmuid Martin have been called to the Vatican by Ratzo the Holy Father, Pope Benedict XVI, to enable him “to tear them a new arsehole be briefed and evaluate the painful situation of the Church in Ireland following its exposure as a paedophile ring the recent publication of the Murphy Commission Report.” He’s in a shocking rage down in his bunker and he’s hitting the bottle hard again.  They will meet with Pope Benedict on Friday if he’s sober.

It makes us puke to say that We humbly ask that you continue to pray for all those who suffer due to being found out as criminals child abuse but as long as they’ll settle for prayers instead of money, it isn’t too bad.

Thank you for believing this bullshit.


Meanwhile, the bishop of Galway, Martin Drennan, told the Irish Times: The report says nothing negative about me in fact, you know. I don’t think I have any questions to answer, in fact, from my own reflections on the time there .

Bishop Éamonn Walsh, Auxiliary Bishop of Dublin, said you and your newspaper have put me under pressure … If I had done any wrong, I’d be gone.


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