Being Unfair
    By Josh Witten | May 20th 2009 10:43 AM | 2 comments | Print | E-mail | Track Comments
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    In case you thought I was being unfairly hard on the leaders of the Catholic Church here and here, take a look at the results of an investigation into church run reform schools in Ireland:
    A fiercely debated, nine-year investigation into Ireland's Roman
    Catholic-run institutions says priests and nuns terrorized thousands of
    boys and girls in workhouse-style schools for decades — and that
    government inspectors failed to stop the chronic beatings, rapes and
    But most leaders of religious orders have rejected the allegations as
    exaggerations and lies, and testified to the commission that any abuses
    were the responsibility of often long-dead individuals.

    "Contrary to the congregations' claims that the recidivist nature
    of sexual offending was not understood, it is clear from the documented
    cases that they were aware of the propensity for abusers to re-abuse,"
    the report read.

    Religious orders were chiefly concerned about preventing scandal, not the danger to children, it said.

    -Shawn Pogatchnik, The Associated Press

    Having come up through excellent Catholic schools, I am more familiar with the Catholic Church than any other sect or faith.  The Catholic Church also combines the protections of religious belief with institutional (indeed nation-state status) power.  As a dogmatic religion, the statements of church leaders are great sway over church members.  Therefore, what they say and do matters a great deal.


    This scandal throws up the reality of the Catholic Church's views on tithing.
    From the Guardian 20 May 2009

    In June 2002, under a special deal worked out between the Catholic
    hierarchy and the government, then led by ­Bertie Ahern, the church
    will pay only €128m (£112m) in compensation.

    The overall cost, according to official figures, will be €1.3bn.

    I think they mean that the deal was worked out recently on 2002 terms, but that's the Grauniad for you.

    As it is written: "God's name is blasphemed among the Gentiles because of you."

            Romans 2:24 , referring to Isaiah 52:5 and Ezek. 36:22

    (And the earlier quotes are from 2700 years ago, more or less!)

    Robert H. Olley / Quondam Physics Department / University of Reading / England