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What is it with the Catholic Church and children? Why does this blood cult insist on violating the innocence of defenseless kids and then giving those who might complain the Papal middle finger? How long has this been going on? Decades? Centuries?

The latest example of these hideous acts of violence against those whom Jesus claimed were his chosen comes from Ireland, a country that has been willing to hand over its moral authority to an organization that has been made -- in the last several years -- synonymous with the worst violence imaginable against these favored by their own declared "Son of God."

A report just released by a state-appointed commission, one that took nine years to produce, shows the level of sexual and physical violence that can erupt only from those who claim the protective mantle of divinity and direction from an obviously insane "god." The report, ostensibly, was meant to help Ireland face up to and move on from one of the ugliest aspects of its recent history.

According to The New York Times the report states tens of thousands of Irish children were sexually, physically and emotionally abused by nuns, priests and others over 60 years in a network of church-run residential schools meant to care for the poor, the vulnerable and the unwanted. These were kids. Children abandoned or forced into what amounted to a labyrinth of Catholic labor camps/brothels.  "A climate of fear, created by pervasive, excessive and arbitrary punishment, permeated most of the institutions," the report says. In the boys' schools, sexual abuse was "endemic."

Notable for its exclusion from the report is a compilation or list of the names of any of the hundreds of individuals accused of this violent abuse. The hideous secrecy of the medieval institution that is the Catholic Church therefore continues. The names and histories of the next generation of children violated by the priests, nuns, bishops, and cardinals will be published sometime towards the end of the current century and the result will no doubt be the same. A bit of shock, a few deflected mea culpas, a wringing of hands, a hasty flutter of robes and white vestments as, in church after church, the molesting priest slips behind the chancel, vanishes into the sacristy.

The institution of the Catholic Church, as well as its priesthood and Sisters, is corrupt. This latest report on the centuries-old corruption details the "loving" attention paid to desperately frightened children -- some as young as two years old:

"Punching, flogging, assault and bodily attacks, hitting with the hand, kicking, ear pulling, hair pulling, head shaving, beating on the soles of the feet, burning, scalding, stabbing, severe beatings with or without clothes, being made to kneel and stand in fixed positions for lengthy periods, made to sleep outside overnight, being forced into cold or excessively hot baths and showers, hosed down with cold water before being beaten, beaten while hanging from hooks on the wall, being set upon by dogs, being restrained in order to be beaten, physical assaults by more than one person, and having objects thrown at them."

Yes, it does read as thought it is a report from Guantanamo or Bagram or any of dozens of torture facilities run for the past eight years by the government of the United States. Only worse. The report focuses on the violence directed against children.

Girls were routinely sexually abused, often by more than one person at a time, the report said , in "dormitories, schools, motor vehicles, bathrooms, staff bedrooms, churches, sacristies, fields, parlors, the residences of clergy, holiday locations and while with godparents and employers." 

Employers. The children were often forced into bondage, slavery...

"Some of the schools operated essentially as workhouses. In one school, Goldenbridge, girls as young as 7 spent hours a day making rosaries by stringing beads onto lengths of wire. They were given quotas: 600 beads on weekdays and 900 on Sundays."

The quotas were to be met, bloodied little fingers to the contrary notwithstanding. Following the work sessions, the little girls would be placed at the disposal of the priests and nuns who would then use them to whatever extent was necessary, for whatever adult perversion needed to be satisfied.

As is its custom, the Vatican, the nest from which this sickness originates and spreads, has had no response to the report. Nothing. Maybe tomorrow? Next week?

As The Times reports, Terence McKiernan, president of, an American group that maintains an Internet archive of material related to Catholic abuse, said that the report had failed by not going far enough. "The report is significant in that it provides a detailed anatomy of how the abuse occurred and the institutions in which it occurred," he said in an interview. "The problem is that you spend almost 10 years and who knows how much money, and you never get to the point of saying who was responsible."

And a separate report on responsibility would be unnecessarily redundant. The responsibility lies squarely with an  institution that has wallowed in two millennia of deceit, lies, fear, murder, torture, rape and incalculable violence. That institution is The Roman Catholic Church.

Dominus Vobiscum. Et cum spiritu tuo.

Lies. Horrific lies.

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Mike Malloy is a former writer and producer for CNN (1984-87) and CNN-International (2000). His professional experience includes newspaper columnist and editor, writer, rock concert producer and actor. He is the only radio talk show host in America to have received the A.I.R (Achievement in Radio) Award in both (more...)
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