Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Ireland Should Have Kept The Snakes And Kicked Out That Nasty Patrick Person

To the surprise of absolutely no one, Ireland's long-awaited report on Catholic abuse of children leaves one sick to the stomach. Sexual abuse of minors was commonly linked with violence, the report said, and “ranged from detailed interrogation about sexual activity, inspection of genitalia, kissing, fondling of genitalia, masturbation of witness by abuse and vice versa, oral intercourse, rape and gang rape”. Some of the victims experienced abuse throughout their time in the care of religious orders.

Yahoo says The report found that molestation and rape were "endemic" in boys' facilities, chiefly run by the Christian Brothers order, and supervisors pursued policies that increased the danger. Girls supervised by orders of nuns, chiefly the Sisters of Mercy, suffered much less sexual abuse but frequent assaults and humiliation designed to make them feel worthless.

"In some schools a high level of ritualized beating was routine. ... Girls were struck with implements designed to maximize pain and were struck on all parts of the body," the report said. "Personal and family denigration was widespread."

Humiliating women to make them feel worthless is pretty much what the catholic church is all about, as near as I can tell.


mamiel said...

Ever see the film "The Magdalene Sisters"? One of the most disturbing films I've ever seen.

Anonymous said...

Oh, Chuy, not the Sisters of Mercy. That's horrifying. Whatever was the point?

Rhode Island Rules said...

I was raised Roman Catholic, but it never took with me even at a young age. Priests were verbally abusive, god was punishing, women were dismissed. I was baptized, confirmed to not displease my parents (when I had to choose a confirmation name I chose Matthew even though I am female, I had to defend the choice to the Bishop and I lied about how much the gospels of Matthew meant to me. He okayed the choice.)

I was married in the Catholic Church due to pressure from my in-laws (I wanted to be married barefoot in a garden) and the priest was awful and punishing. There was nothing about the ceremony that spoke of love and hope.

So today I am a very collapsed Catholic and more and more a pagan.

Rhondda said...

My first response to this is well maybe people will believe the natives now and what happened at the Mission schools. So many people want to think that mission schools run by churches were good for the First Nations people. Hey, assholes, it happened to white kids too. The same thing. It totally does not surprise me as I have heard the stories from native people, here in Canada.

Anne Johnson said...

Not a bit surprising, but sickening nonetheless. I'm waiting for an Irish Pagan to rise up and re-claim the island for the Gentry.