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Clearing the air/creating a smoke-screen

Cardinal Pell states that the proposed Royal Commission into child abuse will provide the Catholic Church with the opportunity to “clear the air” over the issue. He agrees that numerous Church clergy have raped and abused young children – big deal how could he not acknowledge this? – but he argues that this Commission will give the Church the ability to identify the exaggerations that have occurred on the scale of this abuse and will demonstrate that the Church is not covering things up. His claim is also that the Church’s sins are somehow less serious given that the crime is widespread – a human failing and, of course, God’s messengers are so very human. Sexual abuse of young children according to Pell is a universal failing and has nothing particularly to do with the Church-chosen men and women of God. Finally, Pell also questions whether the continued controversy over these issues will help the victims.

There is ongoing evidence that Cardinal Pell’s claims about openness are unbelieveable and that the possibility of airing publicly the crimes committed against children will offer benefits to those who were abused.  Recent evidence suggests that at least 1 in 20 priests are child abusers with the figure likely to be higher than this. Parents should keep their children well away from Catholic priests and should never trust them – this one blamed God for his inclinations to threaten and rape young boys.

Cardinal Pell is making a last ditch effort to protect the Catholic Church’s image in Australia by portraying the Commission as something that will, at best, improve the tattered public image of the Church.  Further shocking revelations by the Commissions can only  then according to the Pell presumption be part of the already-identified exaggerations. Pell’s diversionary tactic of identifying anti-Catholic prejudice as an issue  helps create a smokescreen not a clearing of the air.  It is, indeed, unfortunate if people display “prejudice” in making unwarranted adverse judgements about the Church.  But I don’t think that has been happening. The Church does both spread  religious lies and guilt-ridden neuroses using as inputs God-fearing, sex-starved clerical perverts  – that is a fact not prejudice.   Praise the Lord boys and girls – on your knees!  It is entirely reasonable to feel deeply for the lives ruined and terminated by child abusers operating under the guise of God-fearing religion.   It doesn’t get uglier than this God’s-messenger-driven hypocrisy.

The Church is built on lies, its teachings are lies and a significant fraction of the clergy who constitute it, comprise the evil tail end of the human spectrum. The rest of its clergy are deluded.

Update: Mike Carlton offers a useful account of Pell’s disingenuity.  Pell seeks to defend Rome and the Church in the face of the indefensible. One wonders if what Pell is really concerned with is the possibility of a 50% reduction in Church attendance as has happened in God-fearing Ireland following the inquiry into child abuse by clergy there.


8 comments to Clearing the air/creating a smoke-screen

  • Mel

    The RCC’s shredders must be working OT at the moment.

  • rog

    Pell is becoming an extremely isolated figure, abandoned by priests, bishops and now his lawyer who compares the church with organised crime.

  • MikeM

    MARK COLVIN: A retired Sydney bishop is the first senior Roman Catholic churchman to break with Sydney archbishop George Pell’s approach to the royal commission into sexual abuse.

    Bishop Geoffrey Robinson has been internationally acclaimed for his work asking the church to confront the crisis among its clergy. He says Australia’s bishops must confront George Pell and tell him he no longer speaks for the church on the issue.


  • Sir Henry Casingbroke

    It’s not just priests, it is Catholic brothers and Catholic lay teachers who have been revealed to be pedophiles. In response to Pell’s claim that the Catholic church is “not the only cab on the rank” – a rather curious analogy to child rape – evidence coming out of the Victorian inquiry suggests that 70 per cent of the child abuse has come from the Catholic church. That means seven in a rank of 10 cabs.

    Without wishing to politicise this debate unduly it is nevertheless pertinent to say that Tony Abbott is reported as describing Pell as “one of the greatest churchmen Australia has seen”. To my knowledge, nobody has yet asked Abbott whether he has changed his opinion lately.

    Thomas Keneally (the novelist and Sea Eagles supporter) has said that he “feared” that Abbott was Pell’s “disciple”. Pell acts as Abbott’s personal confessor. How should we then regard this in terms of Abbott’s putative political career as a legislator and PM? Does it matter? It appears that it does. Tony Abbott, for example, voted against stem-cell research, taking the lead from his confessor who characterised stem cell research as “grotesque”. Previously Pell made threats prior to the legislation to NSW premier Morris Iemma, a Catholic, of the consequences of excommunication should the latter legalise stem cell research in NSW. Iemma to his credit stared Pell down and the legislation went ahead.

    While Pell is not an apologist for child abuse, far from it, his recent comments on this topic have now deprived him, personally, as any sort of moral authority and this can’t be good for Tony Abbott’s prospects.

  • Jim Rose

    the hollywood community was surprisingly tolerant and welcoming of roman polanski despite his pleading guilty to child rape.

  • rog

    “the hollywood community was surprisingly tolerant and welcoming of roman polanski despite his pleading guilty to child rape.”

    Can you support any of this allegation with fact?

  • via collins

    Wow, nice threadjack attempt Jim Rose.

    If there were thousands of Roman Polanskis offending, reoffending, and being routinely protected by a socially and economically powerful body that promises salvation, there might be a reason to discuss Roman on this thread. But there aren’t, therefore there isn’t. Perhaps there’s another time and a place to discuss Polanski.

    Let’s stick to the actual discussion that Harry has opened up.

  • Okay, next to my family and my kids, this is my Passion topic! It’s what gets my jceuis flowing.First and foremost, I believe that those statistics are proof that the church has fallen asleep. The church has narrowed itself into a corner and unless willing to adapt to some change, this statistic I fear will grow. Churches have been doing what they do because that’s the way it’s always been done. Some churches hold tight to Tradition. The church can never compete with culture. They will never win. Its just the way it is. But the church can certainly change from “doing” to having a strategy.If You read my “About” section on my blog, you’ll see a line where I wrote, “I bleed Orange.” I encourage you to check out to learn more about that and to see where my firm stance on what the church should be doing.We (as in Us, Moms, Parents, etc) put So much responsibility on the Church for those poor statistics. I see it as a 50/50 deal. Parents need to wake up and realize that they are the primary spiritual leaders in their kids lives. The church is a “Partner” to you as a Parent. Or at least it should be. There in lies the problem. Churches are failing to see that they need to come along side of us as parents and support us and understand that what happens at home is far more important than what happens at church. I am a product of Christian parents, christian private schools and church all my life. I saw friends come and go within the church. From my experience, The leadership within the church are all on different pages. Nursery, elementary, youth and “big” church are all doing their own thing. There is no strategy. They are silo’d. I beg of the church to align themselves together with parents and have a strategy for how to get a child from birth through college not ever wanting to leave the church! It is possible. It just means people are going to have to adapt to change and let some things go. Sorry for the rant. I warned you that it was a Passion area for me. I could say so much more…. : )

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