Pope Benedict XVI summoned the Irish Cardinal and bishops to Rome to drag them over the coals of hell fire on the child abuse issue.
A Vatican statement told us:
“The Holy Father observed that the sexual abuse of children and young people is not only a heinous crime, but also a grave sin which offends God and wounds the dignity of the human person created in his image.”
Actually it’s a heinous crime and a grave sin regardless of a person’s age.
For 99.9 per cent of the population of the world the Pope was stating the bleeding obvious regardless of a person’s race or creed.
What needs to be explained is why one Irish Catholic priest abused over 100 children.
Why this is not only an Irish problem but one that is to be found in all countries with a large number of Catholic clergy.
Why the Catholic Church has been a refuge for paedophiles and whilst paedophiles felt safe in the bosom of the Church of Rome.
It is all very well to know that Pope Benedict can talk the talk – the church has been doing that for over 2,000 years.
What the world –and especially the victims - is waiting to see is if the Catholic Church can walk the walk.
I’d say at present it’s at the crawling stage!