Here were four million ‘independent’ people who all to some degree knew how rife abuse was amongst The Catholic Church in their country and often the ‘goings-on’ at their local parish – yet mostly sat silent – talking about it only to close confidants over a pint of stout at the pub.
Let’s not forget there were 20,000 known victims over three decades – that’s the populations of Ashburton, Rakaia and Methven all put together – so don’t go telling me all this abuse was a secret.
A taboo subject amongst believers perhaps - never a secret.
Knowing how women gossip (I’m married and have a daughter) there is no way that any rumours of abuse on this scale would stay confined within church circles.
Every victim had a family and friends.
Vast tracts of The Irish Police force and Government actually knew the names of priests who were kiddy-fiddlers, but as Catholics first and law-enforcers/protectors of society second – they did little or nothing.
Indoctrinated and complicit parents were happy to put at risk the own safety of their children – hoping that the local priest would pick someone else’s child.
What were the millions of Irish adults afraid-of by largely staying silent about the self-evident on-going abuse?
This self-imposed quiescence on a mass-scale has parallels to Stalinist Russia.
People were afraid to speak-out – knowing full well they would be ostracised and that the local coppers were in league with ‘the’ church and would never investigate complaints anyway.
Any complaints/accusations directed to the Church would be similar treated.
That’s to say – with distain and callous disregard to the victims.
Yet rather audaciously we now have heard calls just this week for St Patrick Day to become a national holiday here in New Zealand! Kiwis are meant to celebrate the man who first bought Catholicism to Ireland! Like f*ck! I would rather work than have a day-off in reverence to this prick. It’s his evangelism and adherence to a corrupt & flawed church that has subsequently wrought so much misery upon thousands of Irish children.
This mass-child abuse on a scale with no parallel, is not only an indictment on The Catholic Church in Ireland but every Irishmen who stood-by and did nothing, knelled in front of their local priest the same way as an altar-boy at a sleep-over did the night before.