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Catholic Church: the rogue defence « Previous | |Next »
November 14, 2012

It sure has taken a long time break down the defensive walls of legal protection that the sexual abusers, paedophiles and predators in the Catholic Church have hidden behind so successfully, for so long. Several decades in fact to set up a Royal Commission to expose the systemic network of abuse and its coverup. The Catholic Church, and it appears the police, have been very skilled in covering up the atrocities.

PopeDPell.jpg David Pope

The Church's defence has been the few rotten apples one (the rogues defence) and dismissed the existence of institutional sexual abuse There has been entrenched resistance to addressing the issue from the political parties, the churches and police.

The Church's position had been that is insufficient evidence to justify a Royal Commission into the sexual crimes of the Catholic church, that it has changed, has taken decisive steps to make child safety a priority and to help victims and been the victim of a biased media. It knew what has happening, it relocated the abusers who offended again, and it did not inform the police.

The Australian weighs in with an editorial entitled A time for open confession:

The Australian supports the royal commission as a vehicle for exposing institutional failures. If radical secularists want to propose a separate royal commission to consider the abolition of the Catholic Church, they are welcome to put the arguments forward. But this subversive game being played by the usual suspects, with the connivance of the ABC, is a distraction the real victims of abuse could do without. Let us not beat about the bush: their fight with Catholicism is, in part, a proxy war against Tony Abbott.

I haven't heard any radical secularists proposing a separate royal commission to consider the abolition of the Catholic Church, nor have I heard the public broadcaster's using the issue to wage a proxy war against the Opposition leader. That's fantasy land stuff ----Catholic conservatives are living in an inverted world that has become an alternate reality.

The issue is to do with abused children and predatory priests and the Catholic Church not reporting the cases of sexual abuses it knows to the police, not the dismantling of the Catholic Church or an attack on the First Section 116 of the Constitution that bans the commonwealth from prohibiting the "free exercise of religion".

| Posted by Gary Sauer-Thompson at 6:37 AM | | Comments (13)


The church bureaucracy has been defensive about the sex abuse of children and prone to blame the media.

By transferring offending priests from parish to parish and failing to bring them to the attention of police for their criminal acts, the Catholic Church has behaved as if it is exempt from the rule of law in Australia.

How odd that these Catholics seem to have missed that whole "Sins of omission" thingy...

"Whoever knows the right thing to do and fails to do it, for him it is sin." ~Saint James the Just.

Cardinal Pell is primarily concerned to defend and uphold the primacy of the institution, its power, standing and 'reputation' of the Catholic Church.

The Catholic Church pretty much deserves what it has had so far, and what it will get. It has acted not to help the victims but to cover up, shield the institutions from bad publicity and lawsuits, and to shuffle malefactors around, rather than to report them for punishment.

The church and its leaders should have their noses rubbed in it until they really get it.


One very concerning factor that has yet to receive publicity or attention in this affair is the current role the churches, Roman Catholic in particular via Centacare and other affiliates, in the provision of various services on behalf of the government of Australia [and SA] that relate to the needs of people but particularly women and children.
For example all govt funded regional services for domestic violence in SA are run by the Catholic Church via Centacare.
The Catholic Church is a political organization famous for being patriarchal in its command structure, that has religious and ideological beliefs, central to its very core, that directly relate to the inferior position of women and yet this organization is allowed, indeed paid public money, to deliver services around counselling involving abortion, divorce and domestic violence.
Social workers et al, in regional areas who work in these fields have only one choice of employer - an employer who has a millenia long history of sexism and misogyny and whilst the organization is running such services on the one hand it is simultaneously directly involved at a bureacratic level in unsavoury [to put mildly] activities that have given cause for the extreme step of calling for a Royal Commission into such.


Cardinal Pell has blamed a smear campaign against the Catholic Church for public pressure that led to a royal commission into child sex abuse.
He said on Tuesday that the commission would help separate fact from fiction after a "persistent press campaign" and "general smears that we [the church] are covering up and moving people around".

The Australian says that "radical secularists are proposing a separate royal commission to consider the abolition of the Catholic Church."

It's a defence of the Catholic Right which includes Tony Abbott.

Thankfully the power that religious leaders have over institutionalised children is much deminished.

Pell needs a good flogging in the street.

"The Australian says that "radical secularists are proposing a separate royal commission to consider the abolition of the Catholic Church.""

Where is the Gillard Government proposing to move against, or breach, the First Section 116 of the Constitution that bans the commonwealth from prohibiting the "free exercise of religion".

The argument is that freedom of religion must give way before the right against abuse. The High Court has in the past tolerated restraints on religion if aimed at some other legitimate objective.

Addressing child abuse in the Catholic Church would one such objective.

So, the last defence they've got after generations of covering up of hundreds of documented assault cases is that it's a commie plot?