My jaw just hit the floor.
Around the Catholic “World Youth Day” week in Sydney roils much discussion of Church-sanctioned child rape and sexual abuse.
Bishop Anthony Fisher is rather pissed off that some people aren’t concentrating on the things the church wants them to concentrate on, like, oh I dunno, pop music.
Clearly fed up to the back teeth with the nation’s singular lack of focus, Fisher blurted this out:
Happily, I think most of Australia was enjoying and delighting in the beauty and goodness of these young people, and the hope for us doing these sorts of things better in the future, as we saw last night, rather than dwelling crankily, as a few people are doing, on old wounds.
OH NO YOU DIDN’T.
The TV show that triggered this off? It was a Lateline show about a family who lost one daughter to suicide, and another is very ill, after they were both raped as primary school girls by Father Kevin O’Donnell. Their main point was that they wouldn’t accept a Papal apology that wasn’t backed up by positive action.
Guess Bishop Anthony Fisher thinks they should just get over it, eh?