VERY HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
Another excellent investigation by David Yallop and I must say that this book fairly and squarely puts the onus of the continuing sexual abuse by clerics of ALL ranks, Cardinals, Bishops, Nuns, fairly and squarely at the door of the Vatican! Surely the one in charge, obviously the Pope, should be held to account? Unfortunately, who actually is there to do this, as the Catholic Church in most cases appears to be above the law and certainly feels itself to be so?
In fact it does appear that this is exactly what several hundred thousand former members of the Roman Catholic Church have thought and shown in by leaving the Church in droves, which in fact now, according to the current Pope, Benedict, is facing a crisis of faith with falling numbers of members and the recruitment of new priests.
Is it any wonder, you ask yourself, because if you read this book, you will see exactly WHAT the problem is? The previous Pope, John Paul described sexual abuse by clerics as purely an American Problem.; very strange this as at least one of his best friends, definitely NOT operating in America was a serial abuser and for whom he covered up. The current Pope, another of John Paul's best friends, sees it as an Irish problem!
In any event, apparently, the hierarchy at the Vatican have now given up on Benedict, awaiting his demise, presumably because he is either recalcitrant , incompetent or both, no doubt to carry one in some form or another more of its lies, obfuscations and deliberate procrastinations. Procrastination is said to be the thief of time - in this case it is no less than the thief of childhood innocence, well-being and the living of a happy life for untold numbers of the unheard victims, many of whom are now dead along with their abusers.
Generally the Vatican's stock excuse is that it would `damage the image of Mother Church or embarrass the Pope' if any the hundreds of thousands of cases were to be brought into the light of day. What price the suffering of the victims, many of them little children, here?
America has managed to bring many cases to Court and has brought many of the Diocesan finances to bankruptcy; Ireland has gone some way to trying to do the same.
The problem is worldwide in the Catholic Church and it does make one wonder if people who are that way inclined deliberately join as clerics to carry out their nefarious doings because, apparently, the vetting procedures on joining leave much to be desired and it is easy to slip through the net, that is, if there IS a net in existence.
Jesus Christ defined it precisely, in Matthew, Chapter 18 when he told the Disciples that it would be better that anyone who harmed a little child should have a millstone tied around his neck and be thrown into the sea.
Very strange then, isn't it, that the Roman Catholic Church STILL actually purports to be Christ's representative on earth?
MAY 2012 - ADDENDUM TO MY REVIEW:
Have just seen TV programme on Child Sex Abuse by Roman Catholic Priests in Ireland on BBC 2 and am even more disgusted now than when I read David Yallop's excellent book. I am so tremendously sorry for these victims, some of whom, grown men now, took part in the programme. In the main they have been scarred for life.
The Catholic Church has virtually alienated all decent faithful people in Ireland through its actions and no wonder - the victims were treated as pariahs when it should have been the abusing clerics. The Church is still in denial over many aspects of this dispicable chain of events.
I also note that Ireland has closed its Embassy with the Vatican - no surprise there I think but it does speak volumes, Southern Ireland having been such a Catholic dominated society until relatively recently. Wonder what the Pope thinks??