Wednesday 11 December 2019

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.

So I, and I hope many others, will hurl bricks, rocks and boulders until every one of the wicked perpetrators of these vile crimes has been rooted out and brought to justice.

Robert Browne
Skerries, Co Dublin

So Fr Con McGillicuddy believes Cardinal Brady and former auxiliary bishops of Dublin are being vilified for "not being perfect" (Letters, Martch 18).

I am vilifying them for colluding with and abetting child rapists, for helping these rapists strike again and again and for helping to destroy the lives of a number of young people.

This is not simply a case of "not being perfect". If that were the case, then surely Hitler, Mao, Pol Pot and Stalin weren't perfect. Does Fr McGillicuddy stand by them and the atrocities of their regimes?

I know I'm not perfect, but I also know I wouldn't stand by and let an adult rape a child and help them to do it again and again.

Does Fr McGillicuddy not think his time would be better spent campaigning to get these rapists and their helpers brought to justice, rather than trying to make excuses for them?

His letter shows the sorry state the Catholic Church is in. Rather than speaking out against these people, Fr McGillicuddy is trying to protect them. The whole thing sickens me and people like Fr McGillicuddy should be ashamed of themselves.

Rob Marrey
Greystones, Co Wicklow

Irish Independent

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