Saturday 18 November 2017

Church school fee to offset sex abuse costs

The imposition of an immediate and mandatory 'annual membership fee' -- effectively a non-negotiated tax -- by the Catholic Primary School Management Association (CPSMA) on virtually every primary school in the country is nothing less than outrageous.

Perversely, the measure effectively forces children to contribute to offsetting the costs incurred by the sexual abuse of other children -- abuses suffered by children whose right to protection was entrusted to a church that scandalously neglected its duty of care for nearly 40 years.

Through the office of the CPSMA, this same Catholic Church now has the audacity to place a price tag of €4.75 per head to subsidise its soaring financial reparations for an endless litany of clerical sexual abuses so wide-ranging and vast that the Ryan and Murphy reports only give 'representative samples' of the atrocities that the church has for decades single-mindedly sought to conceal.

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