I think Gerald Warner at the Telegraph makes an important point about the horrific abuse scandal that has unfolded in Ireland. The headline set the tone.
Warner decries efforts to link a traditional Bishop, skeptical of “Spirit of Vatican II” reforms, to the abuse scandal.
…The Most Reverend John Charles McQuaid, Archbishop of Dublin (1940-1972) was a great Catholic prelate. Under his pastoral leadership, the numbers of clergy and religious increased by more than 50 per cent, he created over 60 new parishes and built over 80 new churches and 350 schools. But he was a Vatican II sceptic who implemented reform conservatively, in accordance with what would now be called the “hermeneutic of continuity”. So he is a bogey figure to radicals.
Warner goes on the show how the study, rather than impugning the Archbishop, it largely vindicates him. I think it is important and anyone interested should read the entire thing. But Then Warner let’s it out.
Well, who ever did, in the trendy, let-it-all-hang-out 1970s and 1980s? The image that has sedulously been propagated is of Irish child abuse perpetrated by priests in soutanes and birettas, cowled monks muttering Latin incantations and nuns in starched wimples and mediaeval habits.
On the contrary, the nightmare orgy of relentless mortal sin recorded in this report was committed by modern priests, with a strip of white celluloid in place of a Roman collar – if they deigned to wear clerical dress – devastating their church sanctuaries as badly as they devastated childrem’s lives, abolishing all the devotions such as Benediction, the Rosary, regular confession, devotion to saints, etc that had sustained Irish faith for centuries. One priest admitted to abusing over 100 children. For that he was indulged; but if he had celebrated the Latin Tridentine Mass his feet would not have touched the ground.
Then after pointing out the absurd media bias the pretends that the stcitiness of Catholicism and the discipline of a celibate priesthood are to blame, Warner finishes with this.
Let us set the record straight. This filthy abomination was a scandal of the post-Vatican II, open-windows, relevant, touchy-feely (often, it seems, inappropriately so) Catholic Church. So let the ecumaniacs, the liturgical animators, the Easter People take ownership of it and desist from blackening the reputation of a decent prelate and, by implication, of the unchanging Church that sustained Ireland through centuries of oppression.
I don’t pretend to know all the facts in Ireland, but this mirrors my understanding of what happened here. Read the whole thing.