Which is odd ,really … when you consider that the Commission of Investigations final report… finally published a couple of days ago … says otherwise… and says it quite lodly in 2865 pages…
Anyway what the good Archbishop (& I use the word “good” quite incorrectly) appears to be saying is that because society didn’t care and no one else could be bothered … the catholic church in its various guises took it on itself to demonstrate just how low they could sink. Abandoning all morals and eschewing all ethics they chose to act as the very lowest of the low…indulging in forced labor ,enforced separation of mothers and children ,offering children for sale , allowing their infant charges to be used in medical experiments … burying the inevitable dead babies in a sewage pit …
Personally I think the Archbishop would be better served spending his time filling in the forms for him to re-apply for membership of the human race. in stead of trying to justify the un-justifiable.
For those with strong stomachs you can find the full report here …
This is going to take awhile…
Straight off though:
“Improvements in society generally and in the institutions came gradually. Significant changes included the introduction of free post- primary education in the 1960s and the changes consequent on membership of the then EEC from 1973. 1973 also saw the introduction of the Unmarried Mother’s Allowance; this was the first time a direct State payment was available to assist an unmarried woman to rear her child in the community.”
Thanks secular humanists! News! Humans!!!
Funny how these religious institutions sure the fuck don’t set any type of high moral standard for the protection and care of people AND they are always moved forward “kicking and screaming “ when it comes to human issues.
No fucking standard for “life”.
Nothing that the catholic church does or has done in the past surprises me. I don’t know what’s worse, this example of their moral superiority, or conspiring with the nazi party to help smuggle their officers out of europe during WWll.
Some of the Western Isles are still very catholic. Historically there was a great divide between the mainland lowland and eastern protestants (Presbyterians) and the devoutly Catholic Islands and Highlands.
The local priest and middle aged men wield considerable influence in some islands even today…which is why (and they never see it) the population of natives is declining rapidly being replaced in many places by the “English” (which includes all mainlanders) . It wont be long before that life will be gone forever.
I have frequently seen young people who were restricted in learning about sex by their religious community. Most marry as virgins, and have no idea what to do on their wedding night, frequently making it a traumatic experience.
Others do get loose from their closeted life, but have no idea on relationships or self control. Often they go on a rampage, causing harm to themselves and others.
A lack of sex education can lead to an incredibly, harmful, traumatic, and troubling period in their lives.
The transition from childhood to adulthood is a rough one, with hormones, peer pressure, and various obstacles. A lack of sex education is one more obstacle that does not need to be there.
When I was 12, my mother gave me a pamphlet put out/ endorsed by the church. That was preceded by my class teacher trying to give us a lecture whilst his face turned an interesting shade of puce and twisting his body into impossible shapes. I think it’s fair to say that everyone in that room was mortified and learned exactly nothing.
At 16 I found a book which changed my life; “The Psychology Of Sex” by Havelock Ellis. Although far from perfect***, the book explained how I was a normal adolescent male. Now that was a relief
The church either didn’t understand or didn’t care that behaviour which had been a mortal sin all of one’s life was suddenly perfectly acceptable. ( one became deeply, thoroughly, married.)
It’s been my observation that the Greeks or the Jews may have invented guilt, but it was the Catholics who perfected it.
***For example, Havelock Ellis opined that homosexuality was a perversion, and explained how to 'cure 'it. As a pig ignorant 16 year old Catholic chap, that sounded quite reasonable to me.
We didn’t have anything remotely like a health class. The other kids at school were a gold mine of disinformation.
Penthouse and Playboy were no real help. I thought they tended to be misogynist. Always loathed the shallow, self absorbed hedonism of Hugh Hefner. Still liked looking at pictures and reading the odd article though.
In Australia Most States have “Prohibited Organisation” legislation designed to prevent organised crime. Members of such organisations identified by the Courts are prohibited from associating with each other, prohibited from wearing identifying clothing/badges etc and a host of other restrictions.
The Catholic Church fulfils the criteria for being declared a Prohibited Organisation, having it’s assets stripped, priestly garb banned, association with anyone under 16 banned on a promise of a minimum 2 year sentence.