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(en) Ireland, Anarchist Workers Solidarity #89 - Why are they still running our schools?

Date Mon, 05 Dec 2005 18:23:34 +0200

It's taken decades for the mask of evil to finally be fully exposed. The
report by the inquiry into child sexual abuse by pervert priests in the
Ferns diocese has at last exposed the suffering endured by huge numbers
for people. Now all across the country the truth is finally being told.
One of the principal reasons why priests were able to get away with
their rape and abuse of children for so long was because the state
abdicated its responsibility to protect children. This is most obvious
in relation to control of education.
Again and again in the Ferns report it emerges that priests were able
to use their position on management authorities of primary schools
to gain access to the children they abused. For example, in
Monageer Fr. James Grennan abused 10 young girls during
confirmation classes. Local gardai 'lost' the investigation files and
this evil predator was allowed to continue to abuse children. And he
was able to use his position as chair of the management board of the
local primary school to gain access to his victims.

Up to 95% of primary schools in the 26-Counties are directly under
the control of the Catholic church. This means that the local bishop
is the patron and has an effective veto over membership of the
management board. In the vast majority of cases, it means that the
local parish priest is chairperson of the Board of Management.

But the Ferns report and other evidence has proven that the Catholic
church as an institution cannot be trusted with our children. Not
alone have large numbers of priests been guilty of abusing children
but also the institution of the church &endash; the bishops and other
priests &endash; rallied around and protected the evil perverts in
their midst.

For the sake of our children's safety, it's time to tell them to get out
of our schools.

For discussion on this article see
http://www.indymedia.ie/newswire.php?story_id=73019 where it was
first posted online

For related article see

* Anarchism and Religion
* Education, anarchism and education struggles

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