Tag Archives: Hypocrisy

Canon fired

19 Nov

Ok, misleading title but I simply couldn’t resist. Ronald Johns

who looks like this, kids

is actually already the ex-canon of Carlisle Cathedral in Cumbria and he’s just been jailed – for four years! – for child molestation offences going back some thirty years.

Naturally, once the Church officials found out about this turbulent priest, they lost no time in alerting the police.

No, of course not. His bishop moved him to another parish and fresh victims. How far away? About half an hour down the road:

The court was told Johns was demoted by his bishop instead of police being informed of the allegations made by his first victim.

The victim had made an official complaint to the church in 1993. By that time Johns was a canon at Carlisle Cathedral.

Johns made admissions to the then bishop, the late Right Rev Ian Harland, who felt the appropriate sanction was to move him to a church in Caldbeck.

The matter only came to the attention of police this year when another victim complained he had been abused by Johns.

So how has the Diocese of Carlisle responded to this? They’ve issued this notice in which they

apologise unreservedly to his victims that we failed to take the action that we should have taken to prevent children and young people being harmed. We also apologise to the parishioners at Caldbeck and recognise the profound and damaging impact on all those affected

and state that

even though at that time the complainants did not wish to pursue the matter with the Police, it was absolutely wrong that Mr Johns should have been offered another post.

Quite how they square this with

We will not tolerate abuse and work closely with the Police and Social Care if such issues come to our attention

they don’t say, but to their credit, they have set up a special NSPCC freephone number to offer such advice as can be trusted from a corrupt organisation that has demonstrated repeatedly just how trustworthy it is.

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Archbishop gets behind gay bishops… sort of

25 Sep

Dr Rowan Williams, realising that nobody’s pointed a camera at him for nearly ten minutes, has decided to throw himself onto the Ratzinger bandwagon. His latest mumblings, which can be read at the website of The Times if you fancy making Rupert Murdoch slightly richer, were presumably intended to illustrate how broadminded, modern and down wit de yoof the modern Church is.

However, as with many of the verbal owl pellets he emits, Williams demonstrates instead his inability to fully think his arguments through. His attempts to address what is regarded as the biggest hot potato for the Catholic Church (no, not kiddy-raping priests) have hilariously succeeded in offending and alienating the very people he claims to support.

Epic fail, as the kids say these days. Total self-pwnage.

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Holy See, Holy Do

21 Sep

On top of all the Church’s other woes, it’s now been revealed that the Institute for Religious Works – IOR – commonly known as the Vatican Bank is under investigation over money-laundering:

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