" the Church Times article says that Dr Macfarlane has agreed to accept £40,000 damages, and a further £40,000 to cover her legal costs." - Church Times -
Such a pity that earlier action denied by the Church should end up with this horrendous monetary settlement. It must be obvious that the complainant was angry (and justified) enough to invest £40K in legal redress. However, money doesn't cover the cost of betrayal. There needs to be abject apology.
It is all very sad. This shows that abuse is in all churches and groups, and proportionately the Catholic priesthood is no better or no worse than other denominations. Its called original sin..
Original sin? The overwhelming majority of people are horrified and sickened by these crimes. Even other criminals are repulsed, and child molesters have to be held in segregated cellblocks to keep them alive. Let's not tar all with the same brush.
There was a hilariously funny American comedian by the name of Flip Wilson. One of his routines involved the line, "the Devil made me do it", "the Devil made me buy this dress". He had people in absolute hysterics.
No, Robert Ian Williams, if a clergy person - of any religion -- commits sexual abuse, it is that clergy person's fault. Period. If an organized church structure -- of any religion -- attempts to paper over such incidents, or repeatedly moves abusing clergy around, or offers assistance and honeyed words to the victims while not acknowledging they have a criminal clergy person on their hands, it is that church institution's fault. Period. And people are rightly upset when church hierarchy authorities -- of any religion -- deny, obfuscate, hide, etc. abuses and crimes in their religion.
It is so easy to blithely dismiss our own darker sides by invoking an anti-god (Satan), or some mythical woman giving in to temptation or curiosity 6,000 years ago (or all women), or the dark side of the Force, or original sin.
It is also so easy to say, “Well, other religions have this problem, also.”
But if I knowingly and repeatedly commit a crime, it. is. my. fault. My own grievous fault.
God gave us intelligence. God gave us free will. God gave us the ability to do good or evil, and asks us to choose to do good.
If we choose to do evil, we only have ourselves to blame.
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