This morning I read the article that I have copied below.
It seems to sum up, and explain the reasoning behind, at least for me, all the brick walls that I, and, I am sure, many others, have been up against for years.
As a group we wanted, and still want, an open and honest dialogue with the Comboni Missionaries about the abuse that happened to us and to many others at Mirfield.
The CM’s have never been willing, or able, to engage in any open and truthful dialogue with the “Mirfield 12 Group.”
The article below highlites what I never really wanted to believe.
Surely those Combonis, that have – as the article states – “a moral compass,” that relates to their lives; the positive work that they do, and the seemingly corrupt attitudes that their superiors apparently posses can do something to initiate fundamental change within their Comboni Order.
“The Catholic Church is a corporation that runs exactly like any other. It has a chief executive – the Pope – regional managers – the cardinals – its own finance department, its own insurance company, a huge international property portfolio and pays minimal tax. It functions as a powerful political pressure group, it has representatives in national parliaments, a massive art collection throughout the world, and diminished social responsibility. Finally, it possesses an enviably large group of customers. Like all corporations it goes into immediate denial when found to have engaged in wrongdoing. When further pressure is placed on it, it begins to offer some reparation while admitting no liability. When subjected to substantial external investigation it still continues to deny anything other than partial culpability and offers a little more financial and other succour to appease the wounded. Like all corporations its aim is survival and riches for its top management. Fortunately, some of its employees at the lower level have a strong moral compass, but this is never enough to alter the basic imperative of survival motivating the corporation as a whole. This is why it has been so difficult for the victims of sustained abuse to gain justice.”
Greg Bailey, St Andrews