In 1975 a young man made a statement to the Catholic Church to inform them that he had been abused – that is sexually assaulted on more that one occasion by one of their priests.  He also reported that other children were also being abused by the same priest. He was as much concerned for them as he was for himself. He met the church officials and gave his story while his father was asked to remain outside the room. He answered their questions honestly, even providing the names and addresses of the other children as well as times and locations.

This 14 year old boy thought he had rescued his friend for any more abuse. No not a chance. They closed ranks and not only did they not report the sick evil priest to the police they just moved him to another parish where for at least another 10 years he continued to abuse more children. Not only did he continue to abuse this boy’s friend that he tried to rescue but also his sister and 4 of his cousins.

This is now the main news story in Ireland. Everybody is extremely angry except for the usual apologetics who talk about it as if what happened then was not as “sinful” because we did not understand the nature of child abuse then as we do now.  After 20 years of bullshit about changes in the church it is now just more of the same pathetic drivel with no empathy from these self appointed moralists towards the thousands of children that they have abused.

The notary at the meeting is now a Cardinal in charge of the catholic church in Ireland. Not for much longer. After 37 years these 2 boys were reunited as part of the BBC documentary. He turned to his friend and said “I thought I had saved you”

I am now too angry to think clearly enough to write so I will post a few links.

You can watch it here and then use the links on the right to continue to part 2 etc.

Newspaper reaction


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Comment by John Jon on May 3, 2012 at 5:42pm

great post:)

Comment by Tom Holm on May 3, 2012 at 5:43pm
Sometimes I wish it were an eternal punishment for sick frickers like this, and the people that makeb up excuses for them they are as sick as he is
Comment by Reg The Fronkey Farmer on May 3, 2012 at 6:38pm

No unfortunately the Catholic Church is evil in other areas. It is also the same organisation that maintains that homosexuality is immoral and a crime against their loving god. If young teenagers hang themselves because this church gives bullies the green light they accept no responsibility. It still maintains that the use of condoms is wrong even though thousands of children are born with Aids in Africa and are too poor to live with this disease so they die painful deaths while their parents can only watch and wonder why god makes them suffer so much.. It still controls the education of the majority of primary schools in Ireland and insists that all teaching is done with the catholic ethos in mind. I could continue.

It is this current case that should make people open their eyes as to how rotten to its very core that this church is. It goes all the way to Rome and there are cases of child abuse reported in almost every country where they have a foothold.

There are catholic apologetics on TV tonight talking about how the moral authority of the church will be undermined if this Cardinal does not resign. How the fuck can they think that this organisation still has any moral authority whatsoever. After over 20 years of what they call “scandals” they still maintain that they are a morally authority. This Cardinal has basically said that he believes that he did nothing wrong and would probably act in the same manner now as he did then. He maintains that he was just a young priest who did not know any better. He sees no reason as to why he should resign. However when this child reported the CRIMES he did nothing even though he was a 36 year old expert in canon law and a school teacher. This church never gets it. They talk about how it is easy to accuse them with the benefit of hindsight. They are great at this moral relativism as they still preach that the OT laws on homosexuality are relevant today. It’s as if somehow they think that child abuse was not as serious a crime in 1975 as it would be today now that they have put guidelines in place. They still think that their canon law is somehow more important than the law of the land. They just don’t get it. They are a disgrace. Can I throw the first stones please?

newspaper today

Comment by matt.clerke on May 3, 2012 at 7:00pm

The moral of the story: never leave a child alone with a paedophile priest. At best they will be brainwashed, worst: well, read above...

Comment by Logicallunatic on May 3, 2012 at 11:04pm

Reg. Did you hear George Hook on Newstalk106 earlier? The man is a disgrace; he was making excuses for Brady such as"it was a different culture back then" and "you didn't see the public or the politicians doing anything about it" - utterly sick apologetics and obscurantism.  I nearly broke the radio with rage. 

Comment by javier on May 4, 2012 at 3:36am

so distasteful. The tragedy of this story just makes me feel shameful ever being a catholic.

Comment by Reg The Fronkey Farmer on May 4, 2012 at 5:36am

@ Logicallunatic - yes I heard some of the Hook interview and although he tried to explain that he was just quoting what the Cardinal had said. I could not listen to it as it was biased and I was driving so I had to change stations. I saw the interview last night on Primetime with Miriam which I will post if I can find a url for it. What will it take to get apologetics to stop? If I hear one more of them pontificating about the value of catholic morals my actions might become a case study for it !!

Comment by Logicallunatic on May 4, 2012 at 9:48am

The irony is they probably think that the recent shambles somehow undermines their "holy morality" as if the last twenty years of scandal had never happened. The game is up... the edifice is crumbling. And now it seems they can't even get their story straight.

Comment by Reg The Fronkey Farmer on May 4, 2012 at 5:43pm

This was a great speech here

Comment by SteveInCO on May 5, 2012 at 11:59am


I would have put my fist through the windshield.

I had the experience of "debating" someone who, after a couple of back-and-forths, bragged that she was convertingto Catholicism (apparently all the ceremony, etc. struck her as beautiful), and I asked her, theology aside, why anyone should consider staying in, much less going to the trouble tojoin such a corrupt institution.  (I phrased it like that to raise the likelihood that she would finish reading the sentence and then actually think about it. "Corrupt" doesn't begin to cover it.)  No answer of course.

There will be bad apples in every organization of any size; the true test of the organization's character will be in what happens to those bad apples when they are uncovered.  And the Catholic church has shown it is no better than the bad apples.


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