Holy Catholic Ireland

Holy Catholic Ireland

There are 5 comments on the Memex 1.1 story from Nov 27, 2009, titled Holy Catholic Ireland. In it, Memex 1.1 reports that:

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“Beauty on four legs”

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#1 Nov 28, 2009
From the article:
"...or a quick and insightful commentary you could do worse than read Mary Raftery’s column in today’s Irish Times. This is how it begins:

THERE IS one searing, indelible image to be found in the pages of the Dublin diocesan report on clerical child abuse. It is of Fr Noel Reynolds, who admitted sexually abusing dozens of children, towering over a small girl as he brutally inserts an object into her vagina and then her back passage.

That object is his crucifix."

I don't have the words available to express my contempt for the people who allowed this, denied it, and covered for it.

Sol

Since: Jan 08

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#2 Nov 28, 2009
Holy Catholic Ireland...
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an Irish Son

Sanford, ME

#3 Nov 28, 2009
I heard of these abuses and that nothing was done ever it has taken years for these abuses to see the light of day. While I love my God and my Church its the men that we've put our trust into that has tainted the Catholic Church. Not all Priests are bad & not all alter servers were molested. My heart goes out to everyone for the pain that has been inflected upon them. I want to say that it was weak and evil men that did these acts not Our Holy Church. it was weak men that covered it up to protect the Church. I'm sure I will get alot of feedback but I want to say that I like being Catholic and Irish

Since: May 08

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#4 Nov 29, 2009
an Irish Son wrote:
I heard of these abuses and that nothing was done ever it has taken years for these abuses to see the light of day. While I love my God and my Church its the men that we've put our trust into that has tainted the Catholic Church. Not all Priests are bad & not all alter servers were molested. My heart goes out to everyone for the pain that has been inflected upon them. I want to say that it was weak and evil men that did these acts not Our Holy Church. it was weak men that covered it up to protect the Church. I'm sure I will get alot of feedback but I want to say that I like being Catholic and Irish
Actually if you look in totality at the whole sex abuse scandal.. in Ireland, The US, Canada, Australia or any of the sundry other place it has happened this one thing becomes clear... while only about 3% percent of the priest abused children... nearly 100% of the Church hierarchy covered up the crimes and that this was this recurring pattern of criminal conspiracy by church leaders that has caused the church far more trouble... if they had done the right thing in the first place and turned over these predators to the police with instructions to make examples of them, the bishops would have been heros and not the co-conspirators they are now.

“Beauty on four legs”

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#5 Nov 29, 2009
Paulathesurfmom wrote:
<quoted text>Actually if you look in totality at the whole sex abuse scandal.. in Ireland, The US, Canada, Australia or any of the sundry other place it has happened this one thing becomes clear... while only about 3% percent of the priest abused children... nearly 100% of the Church hierarchy covered up the crimes and that this was this recurring pattern of criminal conspiracy by church leaders that has caused the church far more trouble... if they had done the right thing in the first place and turned over these predators to the police with instructions to make examples of them, the bishops would have been heros and not the co-conspirators they are now.
That is exactly the problem, and the reason there is a scandal to begin with. Had their hierarchy not behaved like pimps-in-dresses, or had they even just been open & honest about dealing with their rapists properly, it would still be a very sad situation, but it wouldn't be the horror it's become. The RCC lost any possible claim to moral authority by their handling of this mess.

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