Pope Says Sorry to Ireland


There has been a lot of abuse going on in Ireland.  The priest of the catholic church have been abusing children, and the bishops of the priest have been covering it up.

On Sunday, Pope Bendydick issues a letter to apologise for the behaviour of the church in Ireland (not anywhere else, just the Irish church).  That was very noble of him.  The apology is about 20 pages long and worth a read1, just for the pure rhetoric of it all.

In my travels around Google, it’s pretty hard to find any media giving it a positive spin.  Here’s my take on a couple of the topics raised.

The pope is very keen to make it known how very upset he is personally, although he, or perhaps more correctly, the vatican is not taking any responsibility for this.  He again and again talks about the church in Ireland.  He talks about the perpetrators having to acknowledge their sins ‘before the Lord’.  Hey Bendydick, how about the bishop come clean and acknowledge their crime before a court.

Bendydick also says:

He (jesus) understands the depths of your pain and its enduring effect upon your lives and your relationships, including your relationship with the Church.

This would be the same bastard god that let his priests do this in the first place?  This bastard god understands the ‘depths’ of your pain but did nothing to prevent it, not only did the bastard god let the innocent children get harmed in the first place, he then went on and allowed the bishops to cover it up, he didn’t let the exposure happen straight away.  Why is that do you think?  That’s easy, there is no bastard god and the bishops were just looking after their own power base.

Bendydick finish off with a plan, what he calls ‘some concrete initiatives’.  I’ll dot point them:

  • Lent be set aside as a time to pray for an outpouring of god’s mercy
  • Invite the faithful to devote their Friday penances for 1 year to this intention
  • Offer up your fasting, your prayer, your reading of Scripture, your works of mercy in order to obtain grace of healing and renewal
  • Discover anew the sacrament of reconciliation
  • Do eucharistic adoration – in fact, every place of worship should have a place for you to worship the eucharist.

Through intense prayer before the real presence of the Lord, you can make reparation for the sins of abuse that have  done so much harm, at the same time imploring the grace of renewed strength and a deeper sense of mission on the part of all bishops, priests, religious and lay faithful.

jesus in a stick

Jesus in a stick of gold

In other words, Benndydick wants you to take on the sins of the bishops and priest, you must beg for forgiveness from your bastard god for the nasty work of arseholes, oh and he’s going to visit to make sure everything is ok.  He wants you to do ‘intense prayer before the real presence of the lord’, that means he wants you on your knees praying to a little white wafer surround by a gold sun, that’s what the real presence of the lord is.

There’s no mention in his plan of doing anything to help the victims, anything vaguely useful that is, there is no mention of ensuring that the priests are brought to justice or that the bishops are held to account.

No, just pray.

How fucking useless is that.

  1. The 20 page letter Click Here
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2 Responses to Pope Says Sorry to Ireland

  1. Mikey Bear says:

    Someone should drag the pope down to the nearest sex on premises venue, strap him into a sling and spread that word about the new “Fist The Pope up the Fucking Arse until it Really Hurts” night. He might then just get a feeling for the sort of pain the priests have been inflicting on young boys. Fuck christ, fuck the pope, fuck the catholic church and most of all, fuck fucking religion.

  2. Bruce says:

    Wish I had said that!