Tuesday, 13 April 2010

The Catholic Church and Child Abuse

As a committed Christian who is Catholic I feel that I must comment on what is happening in the Church right now.I agree that the Church does not abuse children, it is evil people who do this and they are evil even if they are priests or in religious orders. Sadly though, it has been people with positions of authority within the Church that have condoned such actions by failing to report the perpetrators to the civil authorities, in short they organised a cover-up and brought shame and disgrace on the Church that they profess to love. In some cases, if the Irish enquiry reports are to be believed, all that happened is that the guilty were merely moved to another parish. Anybody who took part in covering up such actions has proved themselves unfit to hold official positions within the church.
"It is not enough in a situation of trust in the commonwealth, that a man means well to his country; it is not enough that in his single person he never did an evil act, but always voted according to his conscience, and even harangued against every design which he apprehended to be prejudicial to the interests of his country. This innoxious and ineffectual character, that seems formed upon a plan of apology and disculpation, falls miserably short of the mark of public duty. That duty demands and requires that what is right should not only be made known, but made prevalent; that what is evil should not only be detected, but defeated. When the public man omits to put himself in a situation of doing his duty with effect it is an omission that frustrates the purposes of his trust almost as much as if he had formally betrayed it. It is surely no very rational account of a man's life, that he has always acted right but has taken special care to act in such a manner that his endeavours could not possibly be productive of any consequence." Edmund Burke
Archbishop Vincent Nichols has, in some excellent articles indicated the action that has been taken in the UK and that lead should be followed throughout the world. True to form the situation is not helped by leading Cardinals trying to deflect criticism of the Church by blaming homosexuals. Cardinal Bertone recently said: “Many psychologists and psychiatrists have demonstrated that there is no relation between celibacy and paedophilia. But many others have demonstrated, I have been told recently, that there is a relation between homosexuality and paedophilia. That is true. That is the problem.” How anyone can say this and believe in it totally defeats me. All I can do is to apologise to all the homosexuals that I know and say that I totally disassociate myself from such views.
A thorough cleansing of the Augean stables is what is called for; but where is Hercules when you need him?

1 comment:

  1. As someone who is mot a Christian ( and therefore, of course, not a catholic) I view this whole sage with a mixture of anger and sadness. You are right of course when you say it is not the church that commits these crimes, but to some extent it appears to me (as an outsider) that the Church (whatever that is precisely) has become more important than the faith (whatever that is, precisely). A lot of the angst has to do as much with the cover-ups as it does with the original crimes, which is all about protecting the church at all costs.