Sunday, February 28, 2010

Why Dublin's Archbishop should resign

This is a fan letter to the heroic Irish victims of clerical abuse.

Your story has gone around the world. Your courage has rewritten the history of Ireland over the past 60 years.

You trashed the idea of the RC Church as a safe haven for women and children. It made the lives of many women a hell on earth.

And what would St Patrick or James Connolly think of all those tender childhoods it stole?

Your bewilderment over the meeting between the Pope and bishops was palpable. You couldn't believe you were excluded. You weren't even present in their thoughts. Strange, seeing that Christ's 'hierarchy' was made up exclusively of children and the poor.

That meeting was never about you or your years-long struggle for justice. It was called to restore the shattered prestige and authority of the Roman Church.

The Pope, who denied your existence for decades, even had the nerve to blame the "faithless" world for priest rapists and the antics of their episcopal pimps.

Does he blame it, too, for Cardinal Connell's lies?


Understand this.

You and your comrades are in a war.

Rome doesn't see you primarily as victims but as its enemy, the most formidable in decades.

You bared the cruel wounds your Church inflicted on you, whom Jesus charged it to protect.

You spoiled Rome's hilarious myth of a Holy Ireland with Pope, bishops and priests as knights in shining armour.

The marks on your bodies and souls reveal the endemic brutality at the core of its regime.

It secretly loathes you for betraying its dirty secrets. No wonder it keeps two-fingering you.

You will never be on its agenda and if you can't get justice from Rome who can?

It is here not to serve the broken but to rule with a rod of iron.

Stop listening to prelates who don't listen to you.

Do not seek their approval, only God's.

You are disappointed that Archbishop Martin wasn't able to help you. He must be disheartened, too.

He is the only bishop who shares your sense of betrayal.

The rest were hand-washing Pontius Pilates.

They beat their breast but they'd get more remorse out of a carpet.

Not one believes he's guilty of anything.

The entire system was corrupt but no one in charge was to blame, certainly not the top man with all the clout.

Diarmuid Martin was terribly naive.

He believed his passionate intervention would be taken seriously by the Vatican.

What a shock to find it was anathema to his peers and superiors.

Forget Bishop Drennan who has the gall to call your quest for justice "revenge".

You couldn't bang a nail in his heart or his head.

Instead, urge Dr Martin to do a prophetic thing: resign as Archbishop of Dublin and stand alongside the poorest of Christ's poor.

- Peter DeRosa

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Anonymous said...

A heart rendering piece of writing. My heart goes out to the victims who suffer more intensly now at the hands of this church, they ever did.
I applaud you Mr De Rosa for having the courage to speak out....
From your lips to God’s ears.

Esther & Joan said...

Wonderful piece by a man who knows the Church from the inside.

The arrogance of every man of the Roman Church is sickening. Each one is more a hypocrite than the last. Each one is in total denial of his wrongdoing.

From the smirking 'lying' Parish Priests, especially one in Bray well known on this wonderful site, right up to the Pope they need a tsunami to wash them and their sins away so the Church can start afresh with new WOMEN and men at the helm to bring the true message of Jesus to the laity and to include them in the decisions of the Church and not have such decisions made by old celibate men from behind the cobwebs of the past. It is quite sickening for members of the laity to have to put up with these unchristian, LYING, B*****ds masquerading on the Altars of our Parish Churches as Parish Priests and Bishops and allowed to stay there in office because the Church will not dump them where they deserve to be.

There should be no such thing as a cushy job for life in the Church any more. Rules should be changed to make it equal in status to other careers. When you are Ordained if you lose the run of yourself and are no longer faithful to the vows you took you should be permenantly TERMINATED as a member or the clergy and go back to your former status and the Church should not be obliged to keep you in the manner to which you have become accustomed at the expense of the laity with your free house, paid trips under the guise of retreats and sabbaticals and all the other perks that goes with wearing a Roman collar or in a lot of cases not even bothering to wear one.

Shame on all these corrupt lying men. May they have their lives on earth judged fairly unlike the way they have treated and judged others when they finally meet their maker. Maybe then justice will be done. This wish for them is not revenge it is a wish for JUSTICE for those they have hurt and whose lives they have ruined.