Response from David Quinn

Taoiseach Enda Kenny recently released a statement to the Dail regarding the Vatican’s 1997 letter to the Irish bishops on sex abuse. David Quinn, a columnist for the Irish Independent, responded to Taoiseach Kenny’s statement and other attacks on the Vatican.

Here is an excerpt from Quinn’s column:

In the sort of language normally associated with a Richard Dawkins or Ian Paisley, he accused the Vatican of “dysfunction, disconnection, elitism . . . narcissism” and effectively of not caring about the “rape and torture of children”.

Among other things, Kenny’s speechwriters included a wildly out-of-context quote from the then Cardinal Ratzinger. There is a difference between necessary and valid criticism of the church on the one hand, and unrestrained church-bashing on the other.

In a similar vein, Kenny added his voice last week to those who believe the breaking of the seal of confession should be required by law.

Kenny is obviously no anti-Catholic, but he needs to realise that, historically, only the most anti-Catholic societies have ever done such a thing.

You can read the whole column here.

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5 Responses to “Response from David Quinn”

  1. Daniel Ketcher says:

    “Taoiseach Kenny’s statement and other attacks on the Vatican.”

    I listened to the speech. I didn’t hear an attack on the Vatican. I heard a righteous anger of the Irish Republic and her people, delivered with the grace that is characteristic of that island’s culture.

    Now, to the Vatican and the rest of you… could you please stop pretending that you’re a victim? You’re not. You’re not a victim.

    You are megalomaniac’s. You’re attraction is only to the weak, and you have no real sense of morality, or justice. Whatsoever.

    It’s sad.

  2. AndyP/Doria2 says:

    It goes without saying that the seal of confession should be maintained even to the point of jail time or even death for that matter.

    It also goes without saying that as many bishops and cardinals in Ireland should either retire or resign. Only the Pope and the Magisterium know who these guilty clerics are.

    It should be done quietly and quickly so the Church in Ireland, the Church that saved the world can become what it once was, the backbone of Western civilization.

    This MUST be done quickly and decisively before we lose more of our crippled credibility.

    You Archbishop, as head of the Church in America must use your authority and speak up forcefully on this. These are your ancestors here. Pray on this and listen to the Holy Spirit. AndyP/Doria2 Yonkers, NY HOSEA 4:6

  3. Irene says:

    How about a link to Kenny’s speech itself, so we can evaluate whether Mr. Quinn’s critique is accurate?

  4. Todd says:

    Breaking the seal could never be enforced, and would never even be uncovered, except by a penitent seeking to bring down her or his confessors.

    But Irish bishops have gone on record in saying they interpreted Vatican policy to be as Mr Kenny suggested.

    I need to point out that if the Sacrament of Reconciliation is intended to be medicinal, in part. We can rightly ask why the Church’s confessors failed to remedy matters, failed to push their penitents to confess, failed to reach out to their brothers who were in pain and were passing that anguish on to others.

    The bishops and the Vatican need to take their medicine in this instance. Their apologists have nothing to add.

    Mr Kenny has no standing in the Church. But he does speak for the laity of Ireland. And others around the world.

    My daughter was possibly one of the girls victimized by Kansas City priest recently outed as a voyeur/pedophile. She’s not telling, and I’m disinclined to push. The lay people in that diocese understood improper behavior. Not the bishop. Not the vicar general.

    I don’t share the political views of those who want to legislate the sacraments from a secular law book. But I do want to know if my bishops are adequately schooled in basic moral theology. I applaud Mr Kenny for what he said. Now, it’s time to listen.

  5. Sharon says:

    Mr Quinn is relishing the fact that the Vatican these days is much less concerned about the rights of accused – accused priests than in earlier days. Is that something about which we should be so joyful? Can the Catholic Church in general and the Vatican in particular not be extremely concerned about the rights of the abused and also about the rights of priests who have been accused – note that is accused, not been found guilty.

    Was the Irish Government as hysterical in its reaction to the 2002 SAVI Report on Sexual Abuse and Violence in Ireland ?

    Executive Summary – http://epubs.rcsi.ie/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1014&context=psycholrep&sei-redir=1#search=%22savi%20report%20summary%22