The big news story in
weekend was the deepening Catholic Church sex abuse scandal. I have written to
Ted Baillieu, Melbourne ’s
Premier, demanding action be taken, as many others have done. Saturday’s Age editorial blasted the Baillieu government’s inaction so far as ‘shameful’,
saying that ‘it is time [for the Catholic Church] to face its clear moral and
civic duty to uncover the facts’. The federal government has refused to hold a
royal commission, absurdly citing cost as the reason in light of Labor’s
moronic fixation with budget surplus (I have written to them too). Cost did not
appear to be a deterrent when the federal government contributed $200 million to
Catholic World Youth Day, or $1.5 million to the campaign for Mary Mackillop’s
preposterous canonisation. Whether or not you consider yourself to be an
atheist, the injustice inherent in these facts should take your breath away
and, I hope, impel you to act. Victoria
I wanted in this post to share some thoughts on the many wonderful speeches that were given at the Convention by the likes of Sam Harris, Daniel Dennett, Geoffrey Robertson and Lawrence Krauss, if only to counteract the idea that atheism is an inherently negative concept, however I feel the need to make some noise about these latest outrages is far more pressing.
The Catholic Church continues to resist accountability for the appalling crimes committed by many of its members, through legal chicanery, police obstruction, wilful denial and laughable claims that internal Church investigations are the best mechanisms for dealing with this problem. As Charles Laycock pointed out in a letter to Saturday’s Age: ‘If the Church’s serial outrages were committed by any other institution or corporation they would be driven out of business’.
It’s time to get something done about these crimes, it’s time to set in motion the wheels of genuine investigation and justice. Speak about it. Write about it. Inaction shames us all.
P.S. Just before posting this, a quick trip to the Age website revealed that Baillieu has announced an inquiry will take place. Click here to read about it.