An Open Letter to the Pope from Sinead O'Connor

As a Catholic i think it’s very important we hold the Catholic Church
responsible–truly responsible–for the raping of thousands of
children around the world by their Priests.I know folks are sick of this uncomfortable issue, but you can’t move
on until you have complete transparency and the purpertrators of evil
crimes are brought to justice.

How many priest have been *criminally* prosecuted for their crimes?
How many priests who have committed horrible crimes are still Priests?
How many settlements have there been by region around the world, and
how many priests were involved in these horrible acts of violence?

There can be no real peace without justice. And without resistance
there will be no justice.…

An Open Letter to the Pope


Your remarks made last week concerning church authorities’ handling of
child rape complaints give the impression that neither John-Paul II
nor yourself knew of how these complaints were being managed.

Can you please make clear exactly who has been running the church since 1979?

You have said church authorities did not act quickly nor decisively in
dealing with allegations. This is entirely dishonest.

In fact church authorities acted extremely quickly and decisively, but
in protection of rapist priests and the church, not of children.

In your letter to Irish mass-goers you stated that the Irish
hierarchy, in covering up rape and transfering known rapists to other
parishes, where many more children were raped, had done so out of “a
well-intentioned desire to protect the reputation of the church.”

If there is any such well-intentioned desire on your part then why
have you not in outrage fired every employee of the church who
contributed even in the remotest of ways, consciously or
uncsonciously, to the attack on Christ himself as made manifest in
those children who were raped?

It looks extremely bad that you have not done so. And that you
continue to set up lies and smoke-screens and treat us as if we are

Spokespeople on your behalf keep saying, falsely, that hierarchies
acted independently of The Vatican, when countless pleading letters
from bishops to The Vatican show that is not the case, as do the
specific instructions issued by The Vatican in 1962 to all bishops in
the world for dealing with allegations of rape and abuse.

As you are aware, those instructions required the cleric taking
complaints, as well as the victim making the complaint, to sign an
oath of silence under threat of excommunication.

Your letter of 2001 to all bishops in the world confirms the 1962
instructions were in operation until 2001.

Why do you allow your representatives to lie?

All reports carried out in the four corners of the earth have found,
independently of each other, that the church’s main concern in dealing
with abuse was the preservation of its assets and reputation and that
the welfare of children was not a consideration.

As an example I refer you to the fact that in 1987 the church in
Ireland took out a series of insurance claims in every diocese in
order to protect the church from claims they foresaw would be made.

The church then sat back and did nothing until 1995 when complaints
became public knowledge.

The reports show that without exception each diocese in the world
behaved in exactly the same manner when dealing with allegations.

If hierarchies had been acting independently of The Vatican there
would have been differences in their behaviour.

We deserve better than lies and insults to our intelligence.
The Holy Spirit deserves better.

As long as the house of The Holy Spirit remains a haven for criminals
the reputation of the church will remain in ruins.

Finally, your statement that you hope the church’s “humiliation will
help the victims” is deplorable on two levels.

One: not one member of The Vatican has publicly displayed an iota of
humility over this issue. Instead each person who has spoken has done
so most arrogantly and dismissively.

Two: how dare you use the word humiliation to describe what you and
the church are going through? Hope and pray, and thank God that you
will never know the abject humiliation of children who were raped by
monsters in the employ of your church. That is true humiliation.

One thought on “An Open Letter to the Pope from Sinead O'Connor

  1. As a fellow Catholic myself, I applaud you using your influence on the web to support Sinead O’Connor. What went on on this pope’s watch as a Cardinal is simply unacceptable and totally against the teachings of Jesus Christ.

    Jesus threw the Pharisees out of the temple for their hypocrisy and would certainly throw this bunch out for theirs and their failure to love thy neighbor as themselves.

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