An article in today's Irish Independent outlines the response from the Irish Catholic Church to a proposal from the National Council for Curriculum and Assessment to include a diversity of faiths as well as secularism in the RE curriculum. Imagine. Irish children having to face an education in more than one faith.
Confusion. Mixed messages. Secularism. These are the terrifying consequences Ireland will have to face should this plan go ahead, according to Maeve Mahon, the shining beacon of Catholic values and consistency to see Ireland through these dark times. Hell in a handbasket, we'll have.
This is the unironic yarn spun by the church which gave shelter to the organised raping of children by its own priests for generations. The number of children molested by Catholic priests in Ireland since the 1960s is now estimated to outweigh those who weren't, let's remember. And rather than volunteer these revolting criminals to the justice system once they knew, Catholic authorities not only failed to report them, but in many cases blocked the path their criminal prosecution, preferring to relocate the offenders. Make sure they couldn't face trial by shipping them off to other offices in developing countries where children have little or no protection against such abuse, thus almost guaranteeing these rapists the freedom to offend all over again.
Countless documentaries have investigated the Mother Church and her shameful practices in the US, Australia and elsewhere. But the extent of damage to Irish children, physical, emotional, psychological and social, has barely begun to emerge.