Mr Alan Shatter is a funny guy. Or a very ignorant one. As he is a member of the Irish cabinet, the second hypothesis is far, far more probable.
In the usual attempt of politicians – particularly irish politicians, these days – to make himself beautiful with the Irish masses, chappie goes on record with the following pearls of wisdom:
“As someone who doesn’t frequent confession, I don’t know what information people share in confessions,”
The fact that one doesn’t go to confession is, here, clearly irrelevant. What is relevant is that a politicians who wants to talk about confession is supposed to know what he is talking about. Mr Shatter is blessedly unaware of this. He doesn’t know the 101 of confession. To give some air to his teeth is satisfaction enough. This chaps seems to have come out from an episode of “The Thick of It”.
“I would expect that if there was someone going to confession who was a serial sex abuser, I don’t know how anyone could live with their conscience if they didn’t refer that to the gardai [police].”
This great proof of arrogance – and, again, ignorance – is the direct consequence of what we have seen above: if the chap hasn’t the faintest of what he is talking about, it is conceivable that he might say something so unbelievably stupid as that a priest couldn’t live with his conscience unless he breaks the seal of confession. Seriously, if this man isn’t astonishingly ignorant, he is a cretin with few peers even among Irish politicians.
Not content with this self-inflicted double whammy, chappie goes on to reportedly state
that 1998 legislation that mandates the report of murder, kidnapping, and bank robberies does not have an exemption for priests who hear confessions.
after which the Irish Justice department has to intervene and try to save his face – insofar as humanly possible – making clear the matter be “unclear”.
Mr Shatter therefore proves to be of such stellar ignorance, that he is an embarrassment not only for every intelligent person, but even for his government; of being so arrogant, or so lazy, he doesn’t even consider it fitting to properly inform himself before he exercises his tongue; and so vain, as to have in mind only the headlines he would unavoidably make.
Gosh, this must be an Irish politician.
You would think a traditionally Catholic country like Ireland – a country which, if memory serves, had its own basic school system provided largely by the Church for a long time – would not care for politically correct bollocking, at least considering there are no dramatic divisions in the midst of society as far as religion is concerned.
You would, wouldn’t you? Well turns out you are (once again) too smart for the Irish Government. From the article linked I learned two things:
1) The Irish government wants to keep children away from Catholic schools, and calls its “inclusive” model “educate together”.
2) The parents disagree.
Funny, isn’t it? “We cannot enlarge capacity in the Catholic school”, says the Government, “because there are enough places in the school parents do to not want to send their children to”. Isn’t it a beauty, the Irish democracy, where the government tells the citizen what they have to want, and provides for them protecting them from their unhealthy desires?
Also, I wonder where the supposed rage against the Church, all too often portrayed like a bunch of predatory evil men, has gone. We have here a situation with 150 places a year in the Catholic school, 260 baptisms a year, and an overwhelming desire to send the children to be educated in a Catholic way. Shock! Horror!
“I want my kids to say their prayers in school, before lunch, before class, as I did.” says a good mother. I am sure she represents the opinion of many in the community.
“Educate together”, take a hike.