Pissed at the Pope

2009-12-21 15:19
After the release of an Irish government report which claimed church leaders concealed sex offences for over 30 years, the Vatican issued a statement saying the pope felt "outrage, betrayal and shame" over the scandal. He added that he would write to the Irish people about sexual abuse.

But O'Connor, who once inflamed Catholic sensibilities by ripping up a picture of Benedict's predecessor Pope John Paul on live television, said in a letter that the pope had remained silent on child abuse for too long.

"I demand the Pope stand down for his contemptible silence on the matter and his acts of non-co-operation with the inquiry," O'Connor wrote in a letter to a British newspaper, published ahead of a meeting between Irish church leaders and the pope at the Vatican.

"Popes have had no problem voicing their opinions when we wanted contraception or divorce," O'Connor said. "No problem criticizing 'The Da Vinci Code'. No problem criticizing Naomi Campbell for wearing a bejewelled cross."

"Yet when it comes to the evils done by paedophiles dressed as priests they are silent. It is grotesque, unbelievable, bizarre and unprecedented. They stand for nothing now but evil."

The Church in the overwhelmingly Catholic country has been rocked by two reports this year on abuse. The Murphy Commission Report issued on November 26 found it had "obsessively" hidden child abuse from 1975 to 2004.

O'Connor caused uproar in Ireland when a breakaway Catholic group ordained her a priest at a ceremony staged in Lourdes ten years ago.


  • mangopip - 2009-12-15 18:23

    In my opinion, Sinead O'Conner has echoed the sentiments of millions of people.
    The pope and his vatican brigade makes my skin crawl.

  • cuba - 2009-12-17 09:32

    this was a movie done in 2006 about the sex cover-ups by the vatican, as mangopip put it, 'makes my skin crawl'


  • mo - 2009-12-17 09:57

    how does a priest who rapes and sodomises take the alter and preach. is there any regulation as to cleanliness regarding the touching of the bible when unclean(after sex or rape)or can the bible be touched by a drunk, gay and rapist without first taking a bath.
    who restricted the priest from marriage? please answer.
    inhumane pigs,that's what they are.

  • OConnor - 2009-12-17 09:59

    hahahahaha - I sure am glad she's not my cousin. And I demand she grow hair, as it is evil for women to have short hair. hahaha. I also demand that she publish every single dirty sexcapade of her own. This makes as much sense as her statement.

  • theDriver - 2009-12-17 10:00

    these criminals should be jailed, they've hiding behind their inhumane superstition for far to long. Their followers might be gullible and blind to their shenanigans but those with open eyes can see through their evil ways.

  • Johann S - 2009-12-17 10:07

    It makes me sick to the core to think that the same people that are supposed to be religous people can abuse their positions and God to abuse children. These people are no better than murderers and rapists.Also, what about the churches around the rest of the world? The religous people are so quick to judge.
    I also believe that the authorities should take extreme steps against the churches and their leaders (Pope). I also believe that the pope himself should be prosecuted for this.These people are supposed to look after the children. Not mess them up!
    The people make me sick!

  • Voice of the people - 2009-12-17 10:55

    Welcome to the century of the ANTI-CHRIST.

  • NasStar - 2009-12-17 11:05

    I totally agree with Sinead O'Connor- I think that if the Church wants to redeem itself it needs to drop all the double standards that it has imposed.

  • Keenan - 2009-12-17 11:06

    Okay, so I've heard a lot about this child abuse thing within the Catholic Church. Some of it true, yet some of it invariably false.
    What would be the right course of action to take? I'll admit that I have not read Canon Law on this topic - there probably isn't even anything in Canon Law about this. But if we take a step back and ask ourselves (objectively) what should the Church do? There isn't anything really besides apologise on behalf of the offenders and try to create more stringent punishments and rules about this within a CHURCH context, i.e. ex-communication, etc.
    But ultimately, this is a police issue. One cannot blame the Pope or the Church for the horrors that lurk with it.

  • Baby - 2009-12-17 11:07

    Oh My God!To think they are so loud about things that actually are NOTHING compared to abusing children!The lady is right, this is bullshit!

  • NasStar - 2009-12-17 11:09

    I totally agree with Sinead O'Connor- I think that if the Church wants to redeem itself it needs to drop all the double standards that it has imposed.

  • Johann T - 2009-12-17 11:12

    A three year sentence is too little. The priest ruined these kids’ lives for life. These priests should be castrated as part of their oath of celibacy, that way they can not act on their urges OR the Catholic Church should allow them to marry. That way they can get their fun in a legal way.

  • jonathan - 2009-12-17 11:18

    "how does a priest who rapes and sodomises take the alter and preach"says Mo. Well not satisfied with buggering little boys these purveyors of superstition then rape and sodomize innocent minds from the pulpit.

  • Liesel - 2009-12-17 11:20

    You go girl!! I also agree with "voice of the people" It's time we wake-up and "smell the coffee"

  • Johann S - 2009-12-17 11:54

    It's just so sickening. When I see 'n priest, any religion, i immediately think: Child abuser! No wonder the world is what it is. As I have stated before...Catholic church "management". I am disgusted and sick.
    It's just perverse and revolting.

  • hemmingway - 2009-12-17 12:17

    Abuse is Abuse and there should be no exceptions. I agree with her all that new should actually stand trial as conspirators. Just like every one else did that helped hitler and the denocide in the world. Not only should he step down but be brought up on criminal charges!

  • Pieter - 2009-12-17 12:23

    Its not just the church that's guilty of this. All religions tend to focus on trivial things and ignore real issues. The pope shouldn't stand down (I am not Catholic though), he should stay and sort this out. Fire those despicable people that do the image of Christ harm and send them to jail, easy.

  • Anne S - 2009-12-17 14:06

    SHOCKING the Heading & the Article!!!! I AGREE with others that the Pope should step down. We can NOT endorse this abuse against choir boys. It's SAD that the Catholic Church (I'm not affiliated) is involved with such things. That's why I'm Protestant.

  • GT - 2009-12-17 22:24

    Anne - are you kidding? There are plenty of protestant weirdos out there. Sure they don't wear the same silly hat and shoes but they like little boys just the same.
    Bugger them all I say! (pun intended)

  • Frank - 2009-12-18 01:50

    Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests
    SNAP contact us WWW

  • Richard - 2009-12-18 09:42

    There is no justification for the abuse of children, whatsoever. What concerns me here, however, is how judgemental you all are being. The church looks after millions of abandoned and homeless children all over the world, because nobody else will do so and does a pretty good job, in the main. To condemn all those child-carers because of the actions of a few is mindless! Perhaps all these children can go and stay with Sinead?

  • Jeremy - 2009-12-19 09:18

    Ok, after reading all your posts, it makes me wonder why target the church just because of a few priest who surely shouldn't be priests in the first place. I think you should take emotion out of this and apply logic. Take for instance the abuse that happens in class rooms, should we then ask the minister of education to resign, or better yet disband all schools just bcause of a few bad teachers. Maybe we should abandon the whole judicial system because of a few bad policemen/judges etc. Abuse happens in all spheres of government, religious institutions etc. I dare say it is even worse in other religious denominations. The reason why it is a big issue, its the catholic church, an institution that stands for decency and good morals (also we are over 1 billion, which means statistically we would have more cases of abuses, however having 1 case is far too many). On a subconscious level, a person who makes these derogatory statements, thinks that the church stand for something more than just an organisation, but for moral tuth. Therefore, it seems unlikely that in their minds that an institution that espouses such values, cannot do such horible acts to childen. This in my opinion, allows for more scrutiny by outsiders due to the claims the catholic church makes. My final point is this, the church doesn't just talk the talk, but walk the walk. Second only to government, it does more charity work than any other institution in this country, but somehow, no-one ever bothers to check this out for themselves, this to me is ignorant lazines on the part of all those detractors who don't take the time to see what the church really stands for.

  • Kevin in Brisbane - 2009-12-20 12:53

    The Roman Catholic institution has single handedly, over the last 1500 years, done the most damage to Christianity. God help us when the Ecumenical Movement becomes the official "religion". Time for Christians to start READING their Bibles and make their own minds up.

  • Natalie - 2009-12-20 17:42

    Sinead don't condemn and generalize because of some "bad apples" in the clergy. You were also once falsely accused of neglecting your daughter.

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