What is Cardinal Connell hiding ? February 7, 2008Posted by Rambling Man in General Bloggery, Ireland & the Irish.
Tags: cardinal desmond connell, child abuse
OK, to cut a long and painful historical story short, Irish priests have been sexually abusing children in their care and in their trust for years. It went uncovered for a long time with priests being moved about by religious authorities who pretty much failed to do anything concrete about the matters until more recently.
Cut to today – Cardinal Desmond Connell – the former Archbishop of Dublin refuses to allow a series of documents pertaining to the churches handling of several abuse cases, be released into the Government Commission of Investigation’s hands. He finally said today that “he was willing to go to jail, rather than release files“. Files relating to victims of alleged sexual abuse and to those that abused those victims.
My thoughts on this would be very bottom line.
Firstly, these cases relate to child sexual abuse. That’s a horrific crime and we should stop at nothing to uncover those responsible and those who did nothing to prevent it when reported. Read that again – adults, using their priestly positions as influence, had sex with children.
Secondly, how could any right thinking person want to hinder an investigation like that. How could you not want to get to the bottom of those files and see that the perpetrators are brought to justice ?
And thirdly, who does the cardinal think he is ? He may be ordained a man of the cloth but if he persists in withholding evidence, what are we to think ? That he has something to hide ? Who is he protecting ? Remember the bottom line – sexual abuse ! You can’t pawn off that mantle with bureaucratic paper pushing or filing systems or sources, claims of procedure or whatever …. what have you got to hide ?