Paddy Banville on Morning Ireland
Fr. Paddy Banville of Ferns was interviewed on Morning Ireland this (Monday) morning in relation to his article in the Irish Catholic about child abuse in the home. Since we are all aware that it is in the home that most abuse of children happens, he was attempting to raise an important issue about the difficulty of dealing with this form of abuse. Maybe he could have expressed himself better, but any fair-minded reader could recognise the importance of what he was saying. Cathal MacCoille on Morning Ireland was clearly not interested in hearing what Paddy had to say. Instead he harassed and bullied him, and used the occasion to have a further go at the Catholic bishops. Tone of voice tells us alot about people’s real attitudes.
Traditionally in Ireland many Catholic bishops were domineering and intolerant, and we all see the damage that has done. Unfortunately now we have replaced them with a further domineering clique, by which I mean sections of our media. Deep seated prejudice masquerading itself as tolerance.