Cover-up of Clerical Child-Abuse Continues

February 1, 2008 at 10:03 am 2 comments

Two extraordinary phrases jumped out at me when I read today’s report about Archbishop Connell’s court challenge. Those phrases are: ‘relating to claims of child abuse against a representative sample of 46 priests in the archdiocese’ and ‘insurance policies in relation to child abuse claims.’

Now I know that we have become immunised to scandals, but just think about those two phrases for a moment. Child abuse is a serious crime.

  • What type of organisation could gather together in one city not just two or three employees, but a representative sample of 46′ employees, all of whom have been accused of abusing children?
  • What type of organisation would feel the need to take out insurance policies to cover the consequences of their employees repeatedly abusing children? And what type of insurance company would provide such a policy?

Just last week in England, a Catholic parish priest from Kerry lost his bid to appeal a five-year jail sentence for using €20,000, including gambling winnings, to finance his lover, already a twice-convicted child-rapist, to rape another child.

I wrote about that case last June, both because of the serious nature of the crime and because of the astonishing response of Bishop Joseph Duffy of Clogher, who commented on a Catholic priest assisting the repeated rape of children as if it were some sort of natural disaster for which nobody was responsible.

You can read the details here.
Yet another clerical child abuse scandal


Entry filed under: Ireland, Religion.

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2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. blankpaige  |  February 2, 2008 at 11:44 am

    Clearly the most alarming facet of all these cases – the horrific abuse apart – is how the Catholic hierarchy can’t comprehend the absolute imperative that they stop excusing and defending this child abuse.

    I find it incongruous with their stated vocation as a compassionate, caring church that they would continue to heap pain and suffering on top of intolerable cruelty.


  • 2. doubtingthomas426  |  February 2, 2008 at 1:51 pm

    Hello, I’ve recently received a rather disturbing comment on my site from a Christian (whiteman0o0) on the issue of whether or not we are all born sinners. He stated that, yes, we are all born sinners.

    I argued that I believed babies and children are innocent and can’t and shouldn’t be judged based on the ‘sins’ of a couple of naïve children in the Garden of Eden. I brought up the tragic, unexpected death of a baby in its crib from SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome) and asked if this baby should burn in eternal hellfire because it never had the opportunity to accept Jesus as his personal savior or ask for forgiveness for his ‘sins’?

    Whiteman0o0 responded, saying, yes, babies and children can go to hell because (and here is where it gets crazy) God doesn’t judge them for their ACTUAL lives but for the lives they WOULD HAVE lived had they not died. In other words, God creates an alternate timeline where the baby/child didn’t die and sees if they would have become a Christian or not, what sins they would have committed, etc. and sends them to heaven or hell accordingly.

    I don’t know if anyone else is as put off by this scenario as I was but I am pleading and urging anyone who does find it disturbing, or even those who agree with it, to please visit the page where the comment appears. You can find it here:

    Please read the comments (you can ignore the original post), particularly mine (DoubtingThomas426) and whiteman0o0’s and leave a comment addressing this issue. I truly appreciate it.

    Thank you and I apologize for taking up space on this page with my plea.



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