Hypocrisy of the first Order

A friend from Scotland alerted me to today’s Herald (formerly Glasgow Herald) headline and lead news story about a Roman Catholic priest and his nefarious activities.  You can read the article here http://www.heraldscotland.com/news/home-news/how-the-catholic-church-whitewashed-priests-homosexual-advances.18276120

This was pretty close to home for me, literally.  I know where this church is and I have attended some funerals there for family members who happened to be Catholic.  Like most Roman Catholic congregations in the 1960’s, its teaching was vehemently anti-Protestant, and I can still remember being called a “Proddy dog” by one of my younger cousins who did not yet understand what she was saying and I can still remember the hurt I felt at that.  Shame that the same cousin has no longer any faith whatsoever.

I would have thought that all of the denominations would have learned their lessons from what happened with the Catholic child abuse scandal in the US and in Ireland.  It was like Watergate.  The initial wrongdoing was bad enough, but the cover up made the situation explosive and toxic.  Why could the Catholic hierarchy in Scotland not have asked the police to investigate this case.  It might have resulted in charges of false imprisonment, attempted kidnap, or even homosexual rape, but at least the Catholics, and by implication the Christians would have not been tarred with the brush of cover up yet again.  Do all the members of the Catholic hierarchy in Scotland need to go to Specsavers?  Because by not having this dealt with immediately and openly by the police, all that they have done is illustrated perfectly that they cannot see beyond the end of their own noses.
What should the rest of the Christian denominations in Scotland be doing as a result?  I hope that there is no gloating, but I think that they all need to say something along the lines of, “All allegations of misconduct within this church which are potentially criminal are immediately turned over to the police for a fair and unbiased investigation with the individual in question suspended while this investigation takes place.  After the police investigation is complete, we will hold an internal inquiry to decide whether the person concerned is a suitable person to hold office in the church. ”  And then they should do just what they say.

Whether we like it or not, the scandal of the Roman Catholic Cover-up of pedophile priests has become a cause for concern world-wide and there are those who would use it to attack all of Christianity.  The churches have a responsibility to the whole of society to ensure that they have minimised the dangers and dealt with any incident as soon as it becomes know.

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About UK Fred

A Christian who cares that the church in Britain conforms to societal demands, rather than transforms society. I am particularly concerned with the lack of support for marriage and the acceptance of divorce in the church. I also care that the body politic in Britain seems to be corrupt and in need of a good shake-up.
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2 Responses to Hypocrisy of the first Order

  1. Walter Scott is My Hero says:

    I’m a former Catholic, now agnostic (leaning atheist) American. I recently told an evangelical Protestant friend that the pedophilia problems and the leftward lurch of the American Catholic Church over the past 40 years are not unrelated. Leftism, liberalism, Marxism, whatever you want to call it, now permeate Catholic teachings. Don’t believe me? Google Pax Christi. Standards are gone, and men now believe, given the “if it feels good, it must be right” mentality all leftists hold, they can pursue selfish desires. Hence, ostensibly chaste priests engage in pedophilia. I warned my friend that, as the American evangelical movement becomes more left-leaning, miserable scandals will likewise arise in Baptist and Pentecostal churches. Mainline Protestant churches are nearly there. My wife is Methodist, and I used to go to church with her weekly. However, I cannot do it anymore–the same leftist bilge I’ve heard in Catholic homilies is present in Protestant sermons. I can spend my Sundays more profitably reading or watching American football. By the way, there are Catholics in Scotland? Perhaps I’ve been reading too much Scott, Hogg, and Galt, but I thought all Scotsmen were Presbyterian.

    • ukfred says:

      If you have a look at the football (Soccer to you guys on the West Bank of the Pond) in Scotland, until the recent financial troubles there were two teams who dominates Scottish football, both from Glasgow. Celtic was founded by some Roman Catholic clergy and their rivals Rangers for years had an unwritten rule of not knowingly signing any player who was Roman Catholic. There is a very strong sectarian (Catholic/Protestant) divide between the supporters of the clubs, singing of Orange songs used to be common with Rangers fans and the Celtic fans were strongly pro IRA.

      Glasgow had a large influx of immigrants in the 19th century from Ireland, many of them Roman Catholic as a result of the potato famine in Ireland.

      In the late 1960’s a Glasgow folk singer called Hamish Imlach wrote a song about the supporters of both teams and I won’t bore you with all the lyrics, but the last verse goes like this

      When asked what they think o’ religion
      Baith say, ‘Ach religion’s aw’ right
      But these guys are only religious
      When they want an excuse for a fight

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