The failure of the Church

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?

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1 Response to “The failure of the Church”


  1. 1 makemeadiva July 25, 2010 at 9:28 am

    I was brought up a Catholic, but stopped “practising” as a teen. I have had my own children baptised as CofE in a small objection to the following.

    The Catholic Church cannot begin to address this problem until they change their governing rules. One such is the one of confidentiality in confession which then follows through as this: if a priest knows something (lets say a colleague is abusing children) that may damage the Church he is not to report this – except within the church leaving the Bishops and so on to “deal” with it.

    So as far as I am concerned this corruption is systemic and until the Church realises it is not above the law children are at risk. I speak as the daughter of a Catholic School Headteacher: I am not knocking the education!


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