Friday, May 22, 2009

Rocks on Children

Stop me if you've heard this one before:

Sexual abuse of children in Irish state and church-run institutions for boys was “endemic” and covered up by the clergy ... “The recidivist nature of sexual abuse was known to religious authorities,” the government-appointed Commission to Inquire into Child Abuse said in its report, published in Dublin [on 20 May]. “The risk was seen by the congregations in terms of potential for scandal and bad publicity should the abuse be disclosed. The danger to children was not taken into account.” ... The document is the result of almost 10 years of investigation into beatings and rapes at orphanages, schools and hospitals from the 1930s until the 1990s ... “The schools investigated revealed a substantial level of sexual abuse of boys in care that extended over a range from improper touching and fondling to rape with violence,” according to the report. Corporal punishment in girls’ schools was “pervasive, severe, arbitrary and unpredictable.”
Beating children, raping children, covering it up: when the Jesus character of the Bible so famously said "You are Peter, and on this rock I will build my Church," the statement didn't express the fact that there would be so many children crushed under that rock. Call it another failed prophecy.

Cf.

3 comments:

TheDeviantE said...

have you seen Bill Donohue's disgusting explaining away of the report?

Caution: It is truly disgusting, for all that it is extremely short (maybe 6 paragraphs.... maybe).

Dale said...

I've seen mentions of Donahue's statement but I haven't had the stomach to look it up myself. You really have to wonder what the church would have to do to get that piece of, um, that piece of work's disapproval.

TheDeviantE said...

Oh I don't wonder: if the church suddenly started saying that those other than Good Catholic Men(tm)* were worthy of human dignity, I'm sure he'd get pissy as all hell.




*Offer not applicable to children, queers, immigrants, criminals, people of color, liberals and any others who disagree with Bill Donohue