Upsetting the Cardinal
In a welcome move the Dail has passed the first stage of the Protection of Life during Pregnancy Bill by 138 votes to 24. The Catholic right despite blustering pronouncements failed to mobilise significant opposition, finding real succour only in the ranks of Fianna Fail, the bulk of whose TDs voted contrary to party leader Micheal Martin.
Despite the anti-liberal lobbying of Lucinda Creighton, Fine Gael only faced a rebellion by four of its members in the Dail. They have now been told to clear off. While Micheal Martin, having little option, allowed a free vote it will be interesting to see what sanction Sinn Fein employs against its one rebel TD, Peadar Tobin. The former republican party had sought to impose the party line on its TDs compelling them to vote in a progressive manner.
The bill is now being discussed before the health committee prior to another vote sometime next week after possible amendments have been introduced.
Cardinal Brady, a man with a poor history as regards the protection of children has expressed his concern at the progress of the bill. In a statement today he said ‘this Bill represents a legislative and political "Trojan Horse" which heralds a much more liberal and aggressive abortion regime in Ireland.’ Great. Liberal yes. And if by aggressive the cardinal means the aggressive defence or assertion of women’s rights, then that is no bad thing. Although, in truth, we know only too well the cardinal and his cronies are opposed to women’s rights and favours them being aggressively pushed back.
Getting Granda into Heaven
Molesting priests will go to some lengths to bamboozle their child victims. But serial abuser James Martin Donaghy seems to have come up with something novel. He told the 7 year old he had his lecherous eye on that he could get his dead grandfather a transfer from Purgatory to Heaven if the child would perform some sex act on him. But it was dependent on Cardinal Brady’s old trick – silence. If the child told anyone the transfer could not go ahead.
In a sense it was as honest a promise about the affairs of the afterlife as the rest of the guff spewed out by religion. It was just infinitely more egregious because of its selfish malign intent perpetrated out of no theological reason and solely driven by sexual gratification.
Last year a Belfast court sent this clerical fiend down for ten years. Judge Patrick Lynch told him he was a "ruthless individual" and "sexual predator" who used his "domineering personality" to abuse children.
And to think that the rights of women are more abhorrent to the clergy than the actions of a brute like Donaghy.
Hiding the Money
Despite all the pro-life waffle from the Catholic right, Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York has shown what many regard as the real attitude of the Church hierarchy towards the lives of children.
Documents released today in Milwaukee show that Catholic church leaders, including then archbishop Timothy Dolan, deliberately transferred $59 million to a trust in order to protect it from the claims of people who had been sexually abused by local priests. In a letter to a Vatican official, Dolan, now cardinal archbishop of the Archdiocese of New York, explains that the move will provide "improved protection of these funds from any legal claim and liability."
Dolan wrote his letter six years ago at a time when the Church was facing lawsuits that would have seen its money going to more worthy causes than it was used to endorsing. He wanted to ensure that a vile rape cartel would escape financial liability for its crimes against children. A real Goodfella.