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Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Losing Moral Authority

Ireland voted decisively to repeal one of the world’s more restrictive abortion bans, sweeping aside generations of conservative patriarchy and dealing the latest in a series of stinging rebukes to the Roman Catholic Church.
Ireland was, until not very long ago, a theocracy in all but name. The scandal about the "Magdalene Laundries", where unwed women were effectively enslaved by the Catholic Church, began to break about 20 years ago, first with the publicity around mass graves on Church properties. The laundries were essentially prisons of a sort where rampant abuse of women and children took place. The Irish government denied being involved, but the ties between the state and the Church showed that denial to be a lie.

The Irish people came to realize that their black-cassocked overlords were little more than power-mad beasts. To the extent that the Roman Catholic Church has accepted any responsibility for what went on, it has done so rather grudgingly, as it has around the world for similar crimes.

The Church, in advance of the constitutional referendum, attempted to exercise its self-proclaimed moral authority. Two-thirds of the voters effectively told them to go fuck themselves.

4 comments:

dinthebeast said...

Thousands of Irish flew home from all over to vote in the referendum, and they organized locals around airports to arrange transportation and lodging for them so they could vote even if they didn't have enough money for the stay or the ride.

That needs to be the model for our GOTV efforts going forward.

-Doug in Oakland

Stewart Dean said...

FWIW, the accounts I read/heard said that the Holy Mother Church stayed pretty quiet and didn't really push an anti-abortion stance....being as how their moral authority was gone...and that they were substantive ashamed of their horrendous history.
https://www.npr.org/2018/05/24/614195914/catholic-church-remains-quiet-during-irelands-fierce-abortion-debate
https://www.wsj.com/articles/catholic-church-takes-a-background-role-ahead-of-irelands-abortion-vote-1527077777

Glenn Kelley said...

Quebec was much the same up into the '60s . Now it has the lowest rates of birth , marriage and church attendance .

As isolation breaks down it's harder for authoritarian groups to control people .

Glenn

Glenn Kelley said...

It never was about the morals . It was about the authority .