It didn’t take the Catholic bishops long to recover from their brief flirtation with reality, did it?
After a worrying period during which they acknowledged that their organisation was full of abusers and that they had covered up hundreds of crimes, the boys are all back on message.
The bishops are singing from the same hymn-sheet.
First, we have former bishop O’Mahony trying to undermine the Murphy report by talking out of two orifices simultaneously: his arse and the side of his mouth.
The good bishop, who was forced to resign following publication of the damning report that exposed the Catholic cover up of multiple child-rapes, is now seeking to cast doubt on its author.
According to the Irish Catholic, O’Mahony complained that Archbishop Martin did nothing to counteract the statement of the Murphy Report, widely circulated in the media that ”the majority of clergy knew and did nothing”.
Think about that now. He wanted the Archbishop to deny what the Commission was saying, and prevent it from exposing the criminal inactivity of the Catholic hierarchy.
Addressing Diarmuid Martin, he says You were out of the diocese for 31 years and had no idea how traumatic it was for those of us who had to deal with allegations without protocols or guidelines or experience in the matter of child sexual abuse.
Read that again: Without protocols, or guidelines or experience.
O’Mahony seems to be unaware that raping children was a crime and that the correct protocol was to call the police. Likewise, his claim that he had no experience of child sexual abuse is hypocritical nonsense. He and his fellow bishops then and now, have claimed to have no experience of adult sexual relations. And yet at the same time that the priests under their command were raping children, these fine bishops had little difficulty instructing grown men and women how to conduct their sex lives, and even less difficulty instructing the politicians on what laws to pass about matters such as contraception.
Meanwhile, Leo O’Reilly, bishop of Kilmore writes in the Irish Times that the phrase “control of the primary school system” in the paper’s recent survey, is emotive and misleading.
It’s emotive, Leo says, because it elicits a sceptical reaction from the respondent, as nobody wishes to be controlled.
Now, I don’t know about you, but it seems to me that when a bishop can order the sacking of a teacher for holding unacceptable beliefs, or for living with a partner while unmarried, that looks a lot like control.
When a priest can prevent a child in his school from getting the publicly-funded bus service, that looks very like control.
When Catholic teachers are afraid to reveal the nature of their marital arrangements for fear of losing their jobs, that seems like control.
What do you reckon?
All primary schools are managed in a spirit of partnership by boards of management, Leo says.
Leo lies. Leo lies to you. He lies to me. He lies to anyone reading his article.
Perhaps Leo even lies to himself.
The schools are controlled with an iron fist by the bishop’s proxy, the parish priest. All decisions are made by the proxy and no dissent is tolerated.
Leo thinks he and his colleagues have arrived at a new dawn for Catholic education. Cardinal Seán Brady will announce the Catholic Schools Partnership, the goals of which are :
(a) To provide a unified voice for Catholic education in the public forum and with educational bodies and the Government.
(b) To support Catholic educators in the core activities of learning and teaching in order to foster high-quality life-long learning and faith development for all learners.
(c) To support the roles of governance, trusteeship and management.
Read that again, but this time put on your special X-ray glasses that can see through solid bullshit.
Get rid of all the fancy, self-serving, pompous waffle like core activities of learning and teaching and you can boil it down to one simple statement:
We’re here and we’re staying.
I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again. Time to kick ’em out of the schools.