Saturday 25 November 2017

John Cooney: Church must break its addiction to secrecy

John Cooney

THE unofficial eleventh commandment of the Vatican and the Catholic Church is: "Thou shall not tell."

The reality is that a lust for secrecy is the rotten underbelly of the institutional church. Too often we hear instances of popes, cardinals and bishops using secrecy as an instrument of crude power to silence innocent children raped by paedophile priests -- and to conceal the identities and costly settlements with pervert clerics.

Far from learning from the documented case files gathered by the Ferns, Ryan and Murphy state inquiries and the forthcoming Cloyne Commission, Irish church leaders continue to be addicted to secrecy.

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