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Today’s Catholic must-reads: 27/07/11

A daily guide to what’s happening in the Catholic Church

By on Wednesday, 27 July 2011

Bishop Gianfranco Girotti, Regent of the Apostolic Penitentiary (CNS photo/Alessia Giuliani, Catholic Press Photo)

Bishop Gianfranco Girotti, Regent of the Apostolic Penitentiary (CNS photo/Alessia Giuliani, Catholic Press Photo)

Vatican Bishop Gianfranco Girotti has described proposals by the Irish government to violate the seal of Confession as “absurd“.

Andrea Tornielli reports that Benedict XVI thought seriously about immediately canonising John Paul II in the first weeks after his election in 2005.

Mary Kenny says that the Catholic faith will not disappear from Ireland.

The Thirsty Gargoyle explains what the Cloyne Report really says.

Fr Dwight Longenecker reacts to the discovery that mass murderer Anders Breivik read his blog.

George Weigel urges Rome to allow the beatification Cause of Francis Xavier Ford to reopen.

Ashley McGuire argues that Catholic approach to Natural Family Planning “needs a massive overhaul“.

And publisher Jonathan Lin says that a new comic book about Benedict XVI shows readers that the Pope struggles with the “same issues that the rest of us do”.

  • Brian McDonough

    The Cloyne Report may remind some readers of the remark in Robert
    Grave’s I Claudius: “Let all the poisons that lurk in the mud hatch
    out.” Is the Catholic Church’s hierarchic structure specifically
    designed perpetually to permit its priests to poison and victimize
    Catholic children with their known pathological sexual dysfunction?
    Is the Church’s undeniable culture of clerical pederasty in its
    core? Is the Church a private club for pedophiles, their protectors,
    and their enablers? Is the Church an utterly immoral institution
    and a truly unGodly organization? How would a reasonable reader
    answer these questions after pondering [1] the McCullough Report,
    [2] the

    Murphy Report, [3] the Ferns Report, [4] the Ryan Report,
    [5] the McCoy Report, and now [6] the Cloyne Report? How many more
    Reports will there be? How many Reports must there be before the
    Church ceases protecting itself and solely protects its children? Are
    there no diamonds in the rough of Cloyne, Ferns, Raphoe, Limerick,
    Galway,
    Dublin, and all Ireland? Is there no one “at the top” to stop the
    Church’s child abuse, once and for all, finally? Yes. Consider who,
    among
    the Church hierarchy itself, has been condemned by the hierarchy

    precisely
    for siding with the victims and not the Old Boys Club? The Cloyne
    Report may remind some readers to review the criticisms made by
    Auxiliary
    Bishop Emeritus of Dublin Dermot O’Mahony of Father Diarmuid Martin,
    Archbishop of Dublin and Primate of Ireland: “The archbishop did
    nothing to counteract the statement of the Murphy report, widely
    circulated
    in the media, that the majority of clergy knew and did nothing”. . .
    “To suggest our approach failed to take cognisance of the safety of
    children is inaccurate and unjust. The acceptance by media and current
    diocese policy that a cover-up took place must be challenged.” [See
    Irish Times articles of January 27, 28, Febuary 5, 2010.]  Given the
    Cloyne Report, Father O’Mahony’s statements are contemptible

    rubbish,
    as were similar criticisms of Archbishop Martin by some lackey priests.
    The Cloyne Report is a scathing denunciation of those who
    criticized Archbishop Martin and a complete vindication of the approach
    that he has taken. The Cloyne Report reveals that Archbishop Martin
    is a diamond in the cesspool that is a Church hierarchy of pedophile
    protectors and enablers. Were there more priests and Bishops like
    Diarmuid Martin, there would be no need for [1] the McCullough
    Report, [2] the Murphy Report, [3] the Ferns Report, [4] the Ryan
    Report, [5] the McCoy Report, [6] the Cloyne Report, and the other
    Reports
    that must necessarily follow, because the Church’s poisons will
    continue
    to hatch out perpetually until it finally ceases protecting itself
    and solely protects its children. Only when the Church starts
    protecting itself by protecting its children will it finally

    eradicate
    its poisons and have no need for Opus Dei apologists who try to defect
    responsibility onto anyone but the ”Cabal” of the Vatican
    hierarchy, which is the term that Archbishop Martin used to described
    them in a recent interview. There is no “gray area” or a
    “conscience of clay” when it comes to pedophiles because they are
    immoral “black” holes as are those who fail to report allegations of
    sexual abuse to authorities for they protect pedophiles from being
    investigated and thereby enable him to abuse again.  

  • Brian McDonough

    The Cloyne Report may remind some readers of the remark in Robert
    Grave’s I Claudius: “Let all the poisons that lurk in the mud hatch
    out.” Is the Catholic Church’s hierarchic structure specifically
    designed perpetually to permit its priests to poison and victimize
    Catholic children with their known pathological sexual dysfunction?
    Is the Church’s undeniable culture of clerical pederasty in its
    core? Is the Church a private club for pedophiles, their protectors,
    and their enablers? Is the Church an utterly immoral institution
    and a truly unGodly organization? How would a reasonable reader
    answer these questions after pondering [1] the McCullough Report,
    [2] the

    Murphy Report, [3] the Ferns Report, [4] the Ryan Report,
    [5] the McCoy Report, and now [6] the Cloyne Report? How many more
    Reports will there be? How many Reports must there be before the
    Church ceases protecting itself and solely protects its children? Are
    there no diamonds in the rough of Cloyne, Ferns, Raphoe, Limerick,
    Galway,
    Dublin, and all Ireland? Is there no one “at the top” to stop the
    Church’s child abuse, once and for all, finally? Yes. Consider who,
    among
    the Church hierarchy itself, has been condemned by the hierarchy

    precisely
    for siding with the victims and not the Old Boys Club? The Cloyne
    Report may remind some readers to review the criticisms made by
    Auxiliary
    Bishop Emeritus of Dublin Dermot O’Mahony of Father Diarmuid Martin,
    Archbishop of Dublin and Primate of Ireland: “The archbishop did
    nothing to counteract the statement of the Murphy report, widely
    circulated
    in the media, that the majority of clergy knew and did nothing”. . .
    “To suggest our approach failed to take cognisance of the safety of
    children is inaccurate and unjust. The acceptance by media and current
    diocese policy that a cover-up took place must be challenged.” [See
    Irish Times articles of January 27, 28, Febuary 5, 2010.]  Given the
    Cloyne Report, Father O’Mahony’s statements are contemptible

    rubbish,
    as were similar criticisms of Archbishop Martin by some lackey priests.
    The Cloyne Report is a scathing denunciation of those who
    criticized Archbishop Martin and a complete vindication of the approach
    that he has taken. The Cloyne Report reveals that Archbishop Martin
    is a diamond in the cesspool that is a Church hierarchy of pedophile
    protectors and enablers. Were there more priests and Bishops like
    Diarmuid Martin, there would be no need for [1] the McCullough
    Report, [2] the Murphy Report, [3] the Ferns Report, [4] the Ryan
    Report, [5] the McCoy Report, [6] the Cloyne Report, and the other
    Reports
    that must necessarily follow, because the Church’s poisons will
    continue
    to hatch out perpetually until it finally ceases protecting itself
    and solely protects its children. Only when the Church starts
    protecting itself by protecting its children will it finally

    eradicate
    its poisons and have no need for Opus Dei apologists who try to defect
    responsibility onto anyone but the ”Cabal” of the Vatican
    hierarchy, which is the term that Archbishop Martin used to described
    them in a recent interview. There is no “gray area” or a
    “conscience of clay” when it comes to pedophiles because they are
    immoral “black” holes as are those who fail to report allegations of
    sexual abuse to authorities for they protect pedophiles from being
    investigated and thereby enable him to abuse again.