ORDAINED singer Sinéad O’Connor believes the Papal Nuncio to Ireland, Archbishop Giuseppe Leanza, should be expelled from the country because of what she calls the contempt displayed by the Vatican to the Murphy Commission on clerical child abuse.
Since 1992, when she tore up a photograph of the then Pope John Paul II on live US television, the Dublin-based star has been highlighting the scourge of sexual abuse in the Catholic Church.
Now, in the immediate wake of the Murphy report, Ms O’Connor has stated: “On behalf of all Irish artists, though most have kept their mouth shut, I demand the Irish Government expel the Papal Nuncio and recall the Irish Ambassador from the Vatican City in order to respect the people of Ireland who are outraged by the contempt displayed by the Vatican for the suffering endured by survivors of clerical abuse.”
Ms O’Connor, who in the late-1990s was ordained a priest by radical Bishop Michael Cox, said the Pope’s silence on the Murphy report was “contemptible”, as was the Vatican’s non co-operation with the commission of investigation into child sexual abuse in the Dublin Archdiocese.
“Popes have had no problem voicing their opinions when we wanted contraception or divorce. No problem criticising the Da Vinci Code, no problem declaring Harry Potter books as evil, no problem criticising Naomi Campbell for wearing a bejewelled cross. Yet, when it comes to the evils done by paedophiles dressed as priests, they are silent,” Ms O’Connor stated.
The 700-page Murphy report into the rape and molestation of 320 children by 46 priests in the Dublin Archdiocese found four archbishops in Dublin did little or nothing to protect children from paedophile priests.
Those guilty of awful crimes “have brought Catholicism and the idea of God into disrepute. We need to take back the Church which is ours, not theirs. They are not fit to call themselves representatives of Christ. They represent nothing but evil”.
“They never believed that God was watching. And they still act as though they don’t think God is watching. But every one of them will have to meet their maker in the end, even the Pope himself. And if I were them, I would be very afraid,” Ms O’Connor stated.
She also had some harsh words for Taoiseach Brian Cowen and said: “He (Cowen) has no clue what Irish people want. He should stand down...”
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