Sunday, March 4, 2012

Irish Catholic Church Repents for Child Abuse

What is unique about this event? What rituals are involved in the attempt to reform relations between the Irish Catholic Church and the Irish public? In Catholic & Orthodox Christianity to gain forgiveness from God one should repent (ask for forgiveness) to God, as well as to the person whom one sinned against (if it applies). But rarely (almost never, if ever), have these churches themselves asked for forgiveness due to their claim to be representatives of God, and therefore almost perfect by association. This is an exception and we should look at the role of ritual in attempting to reconcile with those whom the Irish Catholic priesthood believes they have sinned against (children and their families).