Saturday 25 February 2017

Kenny, thank you for your words on church

In more innocent times in 1991, Bishop Brendan Comiskey of the Diocese of Ferns, said this about the Government: "It is economically and morally bankrupt." What did they do, rape children? No, Bishop Comiskey was complaining about proposed legislation to make contraceptives available to anyone over the age of 16 years.

In 2002, Bertie Ahern was asked about child rape with regard to clergy in the same diocese of Ferns. His reply was this: "I have not been following it at all. It's really a matter for the church; it's not a matter for the politicians. I'm not going to cross politics and religion."

Brian Cowen said this in 2010 about the rape of children and the cover-up by the church: "The leadership I am giving is that clearly it is important that the State maintains its base and the church maintains its base -- it's not a question for the State to get involved in church matters nor the church to get involved in state matters."

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