CHURCH SHAME BETRAYED TRUST
FRANCIS Sullivan, of the Catholic Church’s Truth, Justice and Healing Council, said in response to the widespread child abuse revealed in the Royal Commission “as Catholics we hang our heads in shame”.
No, Frank. As Catholics we are disgusted that our trust has been abused, not only by “bad priests” and bad members of religious orders but even more so by the powers that be (priests and the hierarchy) who covered up the wrongdoing and in “moving on” perpetuated this abuse, thus putting many other innocent, trusting people in harm’s way.
As Catholics, we are betrayed and ashamed that our leaders are of such poor leadership quality.
Poor leadership allowed illsuited men to act (and continue to act) as our spiritual directors and leaders of a parish, or in education entrusted with the care of children and the vulnerable.
Inaction when crimes were recognised to have been committed left victims and their families suffering systemic abuse on top of the abuse of evil people.
True leadership would have recognised the need to report crime to the police.
True leadership would have foreseen that allowing “bad religious” to continue to work meant that all innocent priests would be regarded with suspicion. Quality over quantity would have given a better outcome for all.
The church’s canon law is not above the law of the land. ROSE BIANCHINI, East Victoria Park.