A Day of shame and embarrassment for the Catholic Church in Ireland. That’s how Roy Jenkins described the impact of stories about Roman Catholic run institutions who failed the children and young people in their care. A day of pain and anger for survivors too, who recounted nightmarish, horrific stories of how they were treated- and the burden and scars mental and physical that they carry to this day. The church is ashamed ,and rightly so, and the whole Christia movement should be grieving about the way these young people were abused. We share in the rebuke for trust breached. It is simply not enough to say sorry and expect to retain any respect and credibility when claim to love and care for all people. We have a very real duty to protect those in our communities who are most vulnerable and at risk. We have shamed the Christ we represent. We have let him down and true repentance is what is called for.
This issue should not just be dealt with by our courts. I would like to see some sort of truth and reconciliation framework set up to help address the needs of these broken people and our broken faith. We need to show remorse and do what can be done to confront the pain of the past head-on. May we be brave enough to cope with the consequences.
This week is one of broken and failed institutions being found out for letting the people down. The people will have their say and their day. Who knows where this will all lead?
I share Roy’s view that In the tears of the abused children Christ was weeping too.
Hear the full broadcast at http://www.bbc.co.uk/religion/programmes/thought/