I’ve just watched the Newsnight Scotland discussion on the BBC documentary Sins of Our Fathers – exposing physical and sexual abuse at Fort Augustus Abbey, the prestigious Catholic school in the Highlands – broadcast last night, and available to watch for the next six days.
Throughout the entire documentary (and again on Newsnight Scotland) there wasn’t a single acknowledgment, not a mention of the fact that these were manifestly homosexual attacks by homosexual priests on boys.
And yet, we have Pope Francis widely reported as taking a lax approach to the homosexuals becoming priests. Gimme strength.
Throughout all the handwringing of the TV journalists and their bewildered Catholic interviewees (who, to date have said nothing to inform the discussion that a member of the Orange Order couldn’t have said even better!) nobody thought to suggest that the Church in Scotland might make a start in clearing out the filth in the Church (to quote Pope Benedict) by instructing all Bishops and seminary rectors to screen out men who might be tempted to sexual liaisons with other men and boys in much the same way that a supermarket manager would screen out kleptomaniacs.
It’s not exactly the stuff of a first class Degree, is it? It’s really only common sense.
So, why the avoidance of the terribly obvious? Why has this issue not been hinted at, let alone raised by the BBC and their various commentators? Is it the case that we are not, for a single second, to think that homosexuals abuse children? Or that, perhaps, given the scale of the problem within the Church, homosexuals should not be ordained to the Catholic priesthood? Surely, if the BBC is serious about exposing the extent of this rot, the journalists would wish to exhaust every possible avenue, if not to assist the Church to put its own house in order, then, at least, to protect children?
I am, therefore, particularly disappointed that Mark Daly (an excellent investigative journalist) ducked this issue. I’ll send him the link to this thread in the hope that this little bit of less than subtle flattery just might prompt him to think afresh about the whole sordid business.
Well, you can’t blame a girl for trying, can you?