My sons have been educated in a Catholic school out of respect for the beliefs of their mother and I have always accepted that such beliefs must be accommodated in their upbringing even though I do not share them. However, I continue to be astonished at the failure of the Catholic church to deal with the issue of child abuse by priests. If you want to look up the history of the Church’s absolutely breathtaking mishandling of this issue, then go for your life.
Forgive the sprinkling of apostrophes but the latest attempt by the Church to try to defuse the issue is a ‘clarification’ of the ‘procedures’ to deal with the ‘worst cases’ of ‘abuse’ that it has issued with a concurrent clarification that treats the attempted ordination of women priests on the same basis.
We can all form our own opinions on the thinking behind the Church’s attempts to bury the way that priests have habitually raped, abused, assaulted and threatened children over many years but their betrayal of children continues in their refusal to see this as anything much more than a procedural issue. Even so, speaking solely from a public relations point of view, I am amazed that anybody within the Church thinks this is an acceptable course of action. They have lost their moral authority but is there nobody within the Church capable of suggesting that when you are in a hole, you should stop digging?