Thursday 23 November 2017

Letting rapists re-offend is unforgivable

Fr Con McGillicuddy (Letters, March 18) apologises for the failure of the clergy in respect of their duty of care towards children by saying the individuals involved are "frail, imperfect beings" who make mistakes.

The systematic rape and physical abuse of children is not a "mistake", "weakness" or "imperfection", it is the most hateful and sickening criminal behaviour most civilised people can imagine. Complicity in such abuse by -- through action or omission -- allowing it to continue is almost as bad. These evil sadists do not deserve our compassion, forgiveness or understanding, and to attempt to suggest otherwise is disgusting.

Fr McGillicuddy ends with the old: "Let he who is without sin cast the first stone." Well Father, I have never sexually abused a child, nor have I ever stood idly by watching such abuse take place while claiming it is not my place to intervene.

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