It’s not needed. We wouldn’t learn anything new from digging up all that old business where we raped children into unconsciousness. We didn’t know it was wrong back then, you see. These days we do know it’s wrong. Somehow we didn’t know it was wrong back then.
Think I’m misstating any of this?
"I don't think they'll learn very much more ... I'm convinced we've done the best we can in more recent years."
By refusing to hand over information about child abuse? By protecting perps and demonising victims? I’ve got a little feeling that you might have done a bit more. Starting with not raping anyone in the first place, I’d have thought.
But Bishop Connors on Tuesday said not even revelations from Detective Sergeant Kevin Carson that 26 young men had killed themselves after being abused by priests and brothers in Ballarat convinced him that more would be learnt from an inquiry.
"I think we've learnt a lot of things about what is appropriate behaviour and what's not appropriate behaviour," Bishop Connors said.
"I think people are very well informed nowadays as to what's inappropriate approaches from a male."
While conceding the abuse of children was wrong, he said that in the past it had not always been clear to everyone what was appropriate and inappropriate behaviour.
Nothing to be learned here, nobody will benefit from finding out how it was allowed to happen, happen so often or happen for so long. Nobody will benefit from knowing how it won’t be allowed to happen again.
"In the past a lot of ignorance was there on the part of lots of people. Parents didn't understand, sometimes bishops didn't understand. We have no excuse now."
Which can only mean that you think you had an excuse then. An excuse – let’s be perfectly clear – to rape children.
"I can't remember them saying they were victims of Brother Best as well," he said.
You can’t remember? You can’t fucking remember? What were you doing during these horrific revelations? And…. “as *well*”? It’s better that they only got raped by some priests instead of all priests? Well, I suppose it is… technically….