|What Voltaire Said
||[May. 3rd, 2012|11:24 am]
Back in the '70s a priest called John Brady, acting as an official inquisitor, subjected the victims of a paedophile priest to a detailed interrogation, swore them to silence and then dismissed them back into their parishes. The abuser- Eugene Greene- remained in place for many more years and carried on abusing. John Brady is now Sean Brady (ah begorrah) and Primate of all Ireland. When a reporter from the BBC confronts him with questions about his part in the affair he turns to his minder for comfort then runs away.|
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In a way I feel for John Brady. He was a cog in a machine. Only, of course, the church is supposed to be something other than a machine and its members rather more than cogs.
No pity at all. I'm queueing this one up to watch this weekend. It's caused absolute fury in Ireland, and quite right too.
Absolutely. Apparently church attendance has dropped by half in recent years.
I see the Tánaiste has called on him to resign now.
I don't know if you saw this here that I blogged about recently - it's another bad day for the Catholic Church in Ireland:http://ideealisme.livejournal.com/302846.html
and on top of that now, this stuff. Jeez.
The only reason the whole rotten thing hasn't fallen over on itself is families and parents afraid to stop Holy Communion, Confession, weddings and funerals because of What People Might Think. We're still so mortally afraid of What People Might Think we'd rather our kids get buggered than People might think Badly of us.
That's rural life for you. Get people into cities and they care less about what the neighbours say.
The Irish have always been a "priest-ridden" group. It's only recently that we have become aware that this is true in more ways than one!