14th May 2009

“About two-thirds of Ireland's population turned out to see the pope during his three-day visit [in 1979]. Before the pope's arrival, they were entertained by two of the Irish church's most popular and charismatic leaders: Bishop Eamon Casey of Galway and Rev. Michael Cleary, Dublin's 'singing priest,' who had his own show on national radio.

A decade later, it would come to light that Casey was the father of a son by an American woman and had 'borrowed' from church funds to silence them. Cleary, it was discovered, fathered two children and had an abusive relationship with a troubled young woman who worked as his housekeeper… As the sex scandals gathered momentum through the 1990s, so did the flight from the pews. For the church, which once occupied a position at the pinnacle of Irish society, it was a stunning fall from grace.”

David Aaronovitch

3 Responses to “14th May 2009”

  1. Steve Says:

    What does that have to do with atheism, other than mock Catholics?

  2. Chris Says:

    This doesn’t mock catholics. What it does do is describe the visceral reaction normal people have to being lied to. When a member of government has, say, an extra-marital affair, we’re all shocked but it doesn’t really hit too deeply. He may be run out of office. But when its someone who is God’s conduit to us lowly humans, the impact can be much worse because it strikes at ones FAITH. I love these stories because each one mints new atheists, agnostics and “no-affiliations”. It forces people to question.

    These pathetic priests are just men and often bad men. The more know that the better in my view.

  3. Steve Says:

    Sure, but putting on a quote of the day geared towards atheists is preaching to the converted (pun intended) and serves not to amuse, inspire or interest an atheist on atheist issues, but to revel in how horrible the Catholic church is.

    Maybe I’m just reading into it, but I find that about a lot of these quotes. Others are brilliant, but in these I see nothing that particularly inspires an already-atheist-person.