A long awaited report into child abuse by Roman Catholic priests and nuns was published in Ireland on Wednesday, May 22nd. It makes for harrowing reading.
Industrial Schools were established in Ireland in the 1930s. Until they closed in the 1990s, some 30,000 boys and girls involved in petty crime or from dysfunctional families, passed through these homes. What has been revealed is truly nightmarish.
Molestation and rape was 'endemic' in the boys' institutions and church officials shielded paedophiles to save their reputation, The Commission to Inquire Into Child Abuse concluded.
Children were treated more like slaves than human beings and government inspectors, out of deference to the Church of Rome, failed to stop the abuse.
"A climate of fear, created by pervasive, excessive and arbitrary punishment permeated most of the institutions and all those run for boys." "Children lived with the daily terror not knowing where the next beating was coming from."
'Ritualised beating was routine. Girls were struck with implements designed to maximise pain.'
Cardinal Sean Brady, head of the Roman Catholic Church in Ireland, said, "I am profoundly sorry and deeply ashamed children suffered in such awful ways in these institutions." Perhaps we might believe this statement to be genuine if the perpetrators of these heinous crimes, who are still alive, were handed over to face trial in a court of law.
Outside the building where the report was made public, furious victims and relatives of victims who were refused admission to the building, voiced their concerns that the report was a 'hatchet job.' John Walsh, of Irish Survivors of Child abuse, stated, "It has devastated me and will devastate most victims. There are no criminal proceedings and no accountability whatsoever. We were encouraged to open our wounds. We opened them and they left them gaping."
A man, bearing the message on his T Shirt 'In Loving Memory of Michael "Mickey" Flanagan 1939-1998,' bore poignant testimony to the deep hurt and sorrow felt by many.
Child sex abuse, especially of boys, and savage treatment has been a hallmark of Roman Catholic priests and nuns worldwide. In all cases the hierarchy has sought to cover up what happened. There is no doubt that many of them (the hierarchy) were and are guilty of heinous crimes also. This reveals that the Holy Catholic and Apostolic Church is nothing but the Synagogue of Satan: And her Holy priests and nuns are wicked, cruel and vicious predators, visiting their perverted lusts and cruel inclinations upon helpless children.
This abuse has always been worse in countries where Rome ruled, and still rules the roost. In Protestant countries this has tended to be less pervasive because of calls by Protestants that RC institutions should be open to inspection. Nevertheless, here in the UK, there have been several cases of abuse. Perhaps the most notorious has been the Jesuit run college of Stoneyhurst in Lancashire, where several cases of abuse, extending back for years, have been brought to light.
Protestants have always maintained that "Home Rule equals Rome Rule" as far as Ireland is concerned. The fact that these abuses went on for years unchallenged proves this, and the fact that there will be no criminal proceedings now indicates that Rome still has the government in its grip.
The revelation in recent years of scandals involving, chiefly, priests of the RC Church doesn't mean that this is a recent phenomenon. The lives of the popes and prelates of that system, especially prior to the Reformation when Rome reigned supreme and unchallenged, were scandalous in the extreme. Rome was and is corrupt from top to bottom.
History tells us that immorality and idolatry go hand in hand. That, coupled with Rome's insistence that her priests and nuns must remain celibate, is the chief cause of such wickedness. Romans Chapter 1 teaches us what happens when men depart from truth into idolatrous practices. We would do well to pray, "From the Bishop of Rome and all his false religion, Good Lord deliver us."
Another, and by all accounts, more explosive revelations of priestly misdemeanours in the Dublin Diocese are due out in July. May it please God to use these events to open the eyes of the Irish to what Rome is really about and prepare the ground for the planting of the Gospel seed!