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Thread #164703   Message #3961425
Posted By: Steve Shaw
12-Nov-18 - 05:49 PM
Thread Name: BS: Clerical abuse of kids: More Revelations
Subject: RE: BS: Clerical abuse of kids: More Revelations
I think that it's very important to confront honestly all the allegations against clerics in the Church. I haven't got a lot of time for any organised religion, but I know that there are thousands of priests, bishops and nuns, as well as devout Catholic laypersons, who must feel devastated by all this. What a shame that the Church has effectively institutionalised the issue by denial, reluctance to act and covering up. The institution has let Catholicism down big time. What the Church does now is key to the future. We need to see honesty, openness, quick action and contrition. I'm a cradle Catholic, well-lapsed of course, and I've been educated and been an educator for decades in Catholic schools, working with many priests, brothers and nuns. I saw no sex abuse and I can tell you (having worked for a long time in non-Catholic sectors as well) that all those people seemed no better or worse than anyone else. If the issue is not confronted there'll be a gathering storm, even worse than now. In the British Labour Party there were accusations of institutional antisemitism. Almost all Labour members were devastated by the accusations. The party acted quickly and openly and held an enquiry that was very public. The storm has been somewhat staunched, though not completely killed off. That's how it goes. There will always be people out to get you, no matter how hard you try to right the wrongs. The Church has got to do the right thing, quickly and fully in the public eye.