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Wow. Turns out we might just have made the right guy Taoiseach after all.

Posted by Jason O on Jul 21, 2011 in Irish Politics |

Sometimes, a man steps up.

Sometimes, a man steps up.

“The rape and torture of children were downplayed or ‘managed’ to uphold instead, the primacy of the institution, its power, standing and ‘reputation’. Far from listening to evidence of humiliation and betrayal with St Benedict’s “ear of the heart” . . . the Vatican’s reaction was to parse and analyse it with the gimlet eye of a canon lawyer. . . . This calculated, withering position being the polar opposite of the radicalism, humility and compassion upon which the Roman Church was founded. The revelations of the Cloyne report have brought the Government, Irish Catholics and the Vatican to an unprecedented juncture…Because for the first time in Ireland, a report into child sexual-abuse exposes an attempt by the Holy See, to frustrate an inquiry in a sovereign, democratic republic . . . as little as three years ago, not three decades ago. And in doing so, the Cloyne Report excavates the dysfunction, disconnection, elitism . . . the narcissism . . . that dominate the culture of the Vatican to this day…This is not Rome. This is the Republic of Ireland 2011, a republic of laws.”

I find myself getting quite emotional reading Enda’s speech, not because I want to bash the church, which I genuinely don’t, but because I never thought I’d see a day when an Irish Taoiseach would put republican values ahead of Rome.

Neither Bertie Ahern nor Brian Cowen did this. Enda did, and whatever else Enda does in his term of office, he should be thanked, and remembered, for this.

3 Comments

Thirsty Gargoyle
Jul 21, 2011 at 11:04 pm

You don’t think Garret put the Republic first? He was a Catholic, after all, but believed in — and attempted to work towards — a genuinely secular republic.

I’m afraid I had huge concerns about the speech, not least because I felt Enda was wrong in much of what he said. I’ve read the Cloyne Report twice now, and trawled through it several times, because I’m afraid I have a grimly vested interest in my church not being a hive of paedophiles. The Report’s a damning indictment of two men, but not of the Church in general.

The Report states that the Nuncio said that the Nunciature does not deal with abuse cases, which is true, and that the Diocese would have all the relevant information and was obliged to comply with national laws and regulations. It also states that the Diocese handed over everything of relevance, including privileged communications. How can this be construed as a failure to cooperate with the Inquiry, let alone an attempt to frustrate it?

It’s even wrong to describe as an ‘intervention’ the Vatican’s response to the bishops’ request that their agreed guidelines should be made binding. It was a reply to a question, something which is hardly interference. The Vatican refused on the grounds that the guidelines could conflict with canon law, such that any abusive priest found guilty under them could potentially win an appeal to Rome on procedural grounds alone. It insisted that canon law procedures should be ‘meticulously followed’, and as the Murphy Report had found, the problem isn’t the existence of canon law, so much that certain people in the Irish Church had been allergic to following it. Magee and O’Callaghan, it seems clear, were among them.


 
david morris
Jul 22, 2011 at 8:02 am

Indeed.

But when is he going to grow a real pair & sort out the Banksters ?????????


 
Peter
Jul 24, 2011 at 2:04 am

Of course the laugh of it is the speech was written by some disgruntled priest – Enda the mouthpiece for the liberal clergy of Ireland. And the connection between his nonsensical rant and the contents of the Cloyne report? Almost none, naked hatred, like a late night episode of the Tudors but without the sex. Kenny may be something beginning with C but it isn’t a Catholic.


 

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