The Irish Catholic Church is an institution that chooses to cover-up as its default position to conceal moral, sexual scandals. The Irish Catholic Church is an institution that chooses to cover-up as its default position to conceal moral, sexual scandals. Then, come obfuscation, with the Irish Catholic Church claiming it did not know the substance of any allegations, despite the many admissions and Irish Government investigations and reports. The Irish Catholic Church than feigned anger and the minimising of any wrongdoing, “it was years ago”, we moved on is a common refrain, “who cares”, “it was another time”, the 40s, the 50, the 60s, last century…etc..etc..The priests and other clerics confessed their sins and received absolution from the Holy Mother Catholic Church, and that was end of the matter as far was the Irish Catholic Church was concerned.
Now The Irish Catholic Church attempt to turn the spotlight on the people who complainants' motivation, to blame the accusers rather than the accused. This is the most familiar pattern in The Irish Catholic Church abuse cases over the many years, but you see through all the decades, nothing has really changed. The real scandal is the the behaviour of the Irish Catholic Church towards the abuse victims. There are a number of things that are critical here to understand the Irish Catholic Church, you must "scandalising the faithful". Traditionally, the Irish Catholic Church Hierarchy believed the greatest sin was shaking the faith of Irish Catholic congregations. Protecting the Irish Catholic Church meant concealing every sex scandal, no matter what. We, the Irish Catholic Church must cover up all sexual misconduct of the clerics, and we must silence the abused, through blackmail and direct threats to protect the good name of holy mother church, at all cost. Sacrificing the abused is soothed by protecting something far bigger and more significant, the good name of the institution of the Irish Catholic Church.
For many decades the Irish Catholic Clerics were honoured guests in every Irish Catholic home. An Irish Family who had a cleric among its ranks was considered, noble and a sense of great pride within its own community. My son is a Priest or daughter is a Nun was a proud boast from proud parents throughout the land of Ireland, you couldn’t go higher then the boast my son is a Priest or my daughter is a Nun.
You see the Irish clerics had a sense of or a concept of something called "clericalism", a word used to describe priests “sense of entitlement”, their demand for deference and their apparent conformity to rules and regulations in public, while privately behaving in a way that suggests the rules don't apply to them personally. In the eyes of the clerics, the Holy Catholic Orders were operating by its very own rules known as Canon Law. These Church Canon Laws allowed the Irish Catholic Church to conduct its own affairs without interference or outside scrutiny from the outside secular State, or secular Irish law. Yet The Irish Catholic Church also demanded a voice in Irish society without ever being fully accountable to the Irish secular State, after all in the eyes of the clerics the Irish Catholic Church gave the Irish Free State its Constitution and its laws, but not Canon Law, that came from Rome.
The view of many clerics is always compassion for a sinner, even for clerical cover-ups. Many clerics knew of the behaviour of their debauched colleagues. The Irish clerical power structure not only protects debauched clergy who are sexually active but encourages them to lead secret double lives. In reality corruption comes from the very top down, it’s a little known fact but Cardinals, Archbishops, Bishops have sexually active lives and will always protect each other, if you wish a kind of very holy blackmail.
Thousands of children were raped around the world, by Catholic Clerics and the institution that silences them, that my friends is the real crisis. The Irish Catholic Church claims child-protection policies have been in place but please judge them for yourself. A fact, child abuse is rarely contained within childhood, the abuse effects every aspect of the Survivor’s choices, their relationships, employment and health, the Survivor tend to suffer from alcoholism, drug abuse, mental-health problems and post-traumatic stress disorder and more disturbing, it is not uncommon for male rape victims to end up in prison. The Irish Redress Board which dealt with more than 13,000 cases of abuse by the Irish Catholic church has said "Not one person has come out unharmed,” "Everyone of the Survivors has had their lives broken. ” Some serious studies suggest abuser priests or religious orders may have around 80 child victims each and in many cases that number is far higher. By Owen Felix O'Neill
Owen Felix O'Neill
Author of Child Laundering Secrets, 2017