Ireland is having none of the Vatican’s bullshit

Sullivan shares the news of the Cloyne report, in which Prime Minister Enda Kenny lays down the law:

The revelations of the Cloyne report have brought the Government, Irish Catholics and the Vatican to an unprecedented juncture. It’s fair to say that after the Ryan and Murphy reports Ireland is, perhaps, unshockable when it comes to the abuse of children. But Cloyne has proved to be of a different order. Because for the first time in Ireland, a report into child sexual-abuse exposes an attempt by the Holy See, to frustrate an inquiry in a sovereign, democratic republic . . . as little as three years ago, not three decades ago. And in doing so, the Cloyne Report excavates the dysfunction, disconnection, elitism . . . the narcissism . . . that dominate the culture of the Vatican to this day.”

Sullivan concludes:

The church in Ireland is now dying, thanks to the wickedness and corruption that endures in Benedict’s authoritarian church. It deserves to die as an institution, because it has betrayed, indeed attacked, the very Gospels it is supposed to uphold.

Ophelia Benson brings us the news and cheers on the elected officials who are now breathing fire at the Catholic hierarchy. Patrick O’Malley weighs in.