Roman Catholic Actions:-
- Throughout America, Ireland, Great Britain & Northern Ireland, Germany, Canada, the list of shame goes on and on. After sometimes decades of abuse, the victims finally get enough courage together to hold out their pointed fingers and say, “It was him, or her, in the religious garments, that was the person who did those things to me, who robbed me of my innocence, who robbed me of my childhood.” And how are they answered? Silence, discreet payments, prists and nuns moved from parish to parish, hands raised in horror at the very idea of their ‘faithful’ being responsible for evil deeds. A few, too few, are at last held up before a court, most get away with their crimes! No one is punished, no-one resigns, no-one is excommunicated, no-one takes the blame!
- Sister Margaret MacBride was a senior administrator of St. Joseph’s Hospital in Phoenix. She was asked for a decision as a member of the Ethics Committee about agreement for an abortion on a 27 year-old woman suffering from pulmonary hypertension, a condition which could lead to the death of the patient. Sister MacBride agreed, along with her colleagues, that the abortion should proceed. She was immediately excommunicated by the Bishop of Phoenix.
Notwithstanding the knowledge that Sister MacBride went against the normal ruling of her Church in cases such as this, where they expect ‘nature to take its course’, do ATW readers agree that perhaps there is a strong suspicion that there seems to be one rule for pervert priests, and another for nuns who take a decision to help save a woman’s life?