23rd February 2012

“Why did so many Catholic institutions fail so appallingly [in Ireland]? A hundred reasons can be suggested, but three come to mind: undue respect for authority (which was self-justifying and rarely self-critical); religious authoritarianism (government of communities by self-perpetuating cliques, who rarely saw the need for fresh thinking); and a rancid clericalism (product of a religious culture that increasingly turned in on itself).”

Fergus O'Donoghue

3 Responses to “23rd February 2012”

  1. luscious twinkle Says:

    And an unhealthy dose of sexual perversion….bastards.

  2. Capt'Z Says:

    Damn you, LT! You stole my glib comment! Ah well, I’ll soldier on.

    “and a non-platonic love of little boys.”

  3. Jeff Says:

    And as usual, we leave out the ladies, many of whom were similarly used over the years.

    Ref: “The Magdalene Laundries” on the Chieftains album, The Wide World Over.