With regards to the article on removing Mulkearns name from the theatre at ACU, I have received many messages. All agreed with me, but a couple asked if perhaps he should be forgiven.
My response to them is as follows: Mulkearns was aware of the priests abusing children.
Victims and their families often wonder how different their lives might have been if Mulkearns had acted upon the abuses when he first knew of them, instead of continually transferring the abusers around the parish.
To understand how serious the crime of child abuse is, one only has to look to the manual of the Church, The Bible.
Firstly, Jesus said to “Render unto Caesar the things that are Caesars”.
Child abuse has always been a crime, yet Mulkearns never reported any of his priests to the police.
By covering up the crimes and moving the abusers around he was facilitating those crimes.
Secondly Jesus only advocates death for one crime, the abuse of children: “whoever shall offend one of these little ones… it were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck and that he were droned in the depth of the sea”.
The legacy of all this will always be that of child abuse and pain.
They do not deserve to be remembered otherwise.
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