We need action
Published 27/02/2011 | 05:00
Sir -- Regarding Catholic Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin and Cardinal Sean O'Malley, Archbishop of Boston, who washed the feet of a carefully selected group of survivors of clerical child sex abuse in "an act of humble service" at Dublin's Pro-Cathedral, this was nothing less than a Roman Catholic version of 'greenwashing'.
Only direct action by the Church to hand over to the Public Prosecutor all abuser priests, all files relating to allegations made by survivors, all files related to the Church's private canonical 'investigations' (redacted as required to protect the interests of survivors, subject to their approval), all files related to various private agreements between the Church officials and State, Health and Welfare officials, and police officials, and to offer up their wealth and resources to help survivors, and, importantly, to let survivors speak out, as freely as required, will suffice.
Action is required, not symbolism. Once the action has been complete, let the symbols of that action be created to inspire a future where the rights of the child, as enshrined in the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, are, in material terms, at the very heart of our society.