Some of the revelations coming out this year are truly shocking. And yet, those who admit to, or are found guilty of, cover ups of child sex abuse are not summarily dismissed from the church or even prosecuted. Why?
I blogged the same question a while back. But as more and more revelations are being made, so the mainstream media don't seem to be bothered about reporting the scandal to any great depth. Surely, if any other major institution was found guilty of covering up the activities of paedophile staff members, allowing them to continue their abuse of children over many years, that institution would be all over the press and television news, it would be closed down and prosecutions of those responsible for management failures brought.
But no. This is a church - the Catholic Church, so it's just a bit embarrassing. "We're all very sorry. Please forgive us, as we forgive those who sin against us".... oh, please spare us!
Yet another recent revelation is summarised in the article I link to above...
Apparently, Cardinal Brady is under "increasing pressure to resign". Christ up a STICK! Resign? He should be kicked out and prosecuted. He let a paedophile continue to abuse children for 18 years and he could have stopped it. These people can't be allowed to get away with this kind of thing just because they are members of a church.Last weekend, in a further blow to its [the church's] reputation, Cardinal Brady admitted attending meetings where two 10-year-olds were forced to sign vows of silence over complaints against Father Brendan Smyth, who continued abusing children for a further 18 years. The cardinal used his St Patrick's Day sermon to apologise for his role in the cover-up of child abuse by Father Smyth, one of the country's most notorious paedophile priests.
There should be an international investigation, covering all counties. If it means the church get badly damaged, so be it... it deserves it. At least they may be able to rebuild a reputation of doing good in the work once they have purged themselves of all there perverts.