Less than 24 hours after the Ryan Report into child abuse by the Catholic Church was published the country went into denial.
Instead of discussing the holocaust of horrors that took place within Catholic concentration camps the ruling elite and much of the media focused entirely on the question of how much extra money should be paid to the victims.
The same strategy is being followed with the publication of the Murphy Report.
Instead of immediately arresting the bishops involved including Cardinal Connell and putting them on trial the ruling elite and most of the media is focused entirely on the question of whether those involved should resign.
The dishonest and manipulative Archbishop of Dublin, Diarmuid Martin, said it’s up to the bishops themselves. The so called leader of our nation Brian Cowen says it’s up to the church, nothing to do with him and bishop Murray, one of those named, says it’s up to the people and priests of his parish.
The message is clear –the Catholic Church must be protected no matter how heinous the crime.