Its not often I find the phrase from Cromwell’s speech to the Rump Parliament in 1653 coming to mind, but after watching clips of Micheal Woods TD, the former Minister for Education, from back in September 2003 on Prime Time its the only thing that is in my mind. At the end of the interview he blames the people of Ireland for what happened and not the religous orders.
We must be careful not to make Micheal Woods a political scapegoat, but a lot of the blame associated to the indemity deal lies with him. Time has shown he was wrong and even the Comptroller and Auditor General was a bit low with his estimates. He blundered, something typical of the Fianna Fáil led Governments. He must now take the consequenses and resign. It is high time to end his sitting in that place!
I haven’t blogged about the Commission to Inquire into Child Abuse Reportreport as between the jigs and the reels and the coverage on other blogs, I didnt see the point. But after reading a story in the Irish Examiner that the religous orders are not going to re-negotiate the indemnity deal and seeing this video from Q&A last time I am annoyed.
I am soo annoyed. I am not sure who to be more annoyed with though. The Government or the Catholic Church. The fact that the religous orders are refusing to renegotiate the deal despit what the hierarchy has said is galling to think that they could get away with it as the Government is afraid to push them on it!
If there are legal difficulties in the state re-opening the negiations alone then pressure needs to be applied to the 18 congregations to get them to agree.
Things need to change in this country. The position of the Catholic Church is one of the things that need to change. They must now realise that they are not above the law, and they have sinned. Not only against those who suffered, but also against God. They have twisted their mission to one of protecting the guilty. To preventing Justice from happening. Is this the mission God handed to Church of Peter that the Catholic Church claims to continue? I hope not.
At the Church Service (Church of Ireland) I was at on Sunday, it was raised. The preacher did not condemn the Catholic Church in Ireland but certainly raised doubts in my mind of its reasons in protecting those who committed these abuses.
This scandal will run and run. And it needs to run and run, until the Church and the Congregations see where they are wrong and increase their contributions and stop hiding the criminals