May 26, 2009

Pride - the Catholic church's deadly sin

I find it highly arrogant that the 18 congregations involved in rape, child abuse, torture and violence have decided that they know best how to help their victims and survivors.

At our meeting in Dublin this morning, we again recognise and accept the gravity of the findings and conclusions contained in the Ryan report.

We fully accept that we seriously failed vulnerable people while in our care and that we have an ongoing responsibility to try to meet their needs.

Rather than reopening the terms of the agreement reached with government in 2002, we reiterate our commitment to working with those who suffered enormously while in our care. We must find the best and most appropriate ways of directly assisting them.

Allowing the same institutions that raped, abused, tortured and abused children to decide how to directly assist victims and survivors is disgusting.

As a rape survivor, I would be disgusted if my rapists decided that they knew best how to help me. The sheer arrogance and mealy-mouthness makes my stomach turn.

The 18 congregations are

Sisters of Mercy;
Daughters of Charity of St Vincent de Paul;
Christian Brothers;
Good Shepherd Sisters;
Presentation Brothers;
Oblates of Mary Immaculate;
Hospitaller Order of St John of God;
Sisters of Charity;
Sisters of Our Lady of Charity of Refuge;
Sisters of St Clare;
Institute of St Louis;
Presentation Sisters;
De La Salle Brothers;
Daughters of the Heart of Mary;
Brothers of Charity;
Sisters of Nazareth.

As far as they are concerned, the financial deal is closed. They show no remorse, no responsibility and no humility. They are proud and arrogant. They should be disbanded and all properties should be sold and the compensation given to survivors and their families. They have no more place in Irish society.

Other posts to read:

Church of evil

I write letters
The savage reality of our darkest days
Indemnity and the Catholic Church
The Irish Catholic church and child abuse: it's not about bad apples


Anonymous said...

Wouldn't it be nice if the United Nations high commissioner for human rights could demand an independent investigation into atrocities committed and those found responsible actually be held accountable? I also don't buy Ireland's "shock" -its called turning a blind eye, flinch lying and then a half hearted admission-three things that continue to permeate Irish society. Other countries have been treating some of Ireland's tortured souls for 20+ years (including some of the predators)...The Vatican was more than aware that there were issues and should contribute financially!Nothing short of the Hague will do in my mind!

Mór Rígan said...

Amen to that Anonymous