Saturday, 3 April 2010

The Pope, Society and Child Rearing Practices....

Colm O'Gorman, one of the first to pursue the Vatican through the courts over the abuse he suffered wrote in the Irish Independent a reply to the Popes recent letter to the Irish Congregation ... and in it he notes that Pope Pious V issued orders that any priest alleged to have perpetrated abuse upon children should be defrocked and handed over to the authorities......


The order was issued in 1568. The abuse of children has a long history, and given the ways in which the Church and State have  been interlinked as Powers over people down through the ages, one has to ask : just how deep does this rabbit hole go?

The 'defence' of the indefensible goes on..... this putrid essay appeared in the New York Times recently....


It is of course all lies. The current Pope himself directly oversaw the official cover-up.... and most, if not all Governments have been extremely sluggish in coming to the aid of those who have suffered....

Alice Miller work warned of the dangers of the hidden abuse inherent in 'child rearing' practices commonplace across the Industrialised World, in her book, 'The Roots of Violence in Child Rearing : For Your Own Good' - she showed how the 'good german' of Nazi Germany, the adult that was the product of a stern ubpringing, of beatings and humiliations that were published as the standard child rearing texts of the time, was easily manipulated into a National Machine of abuse.... then the Jews, today the Muslim people...... the same patterns emerge..

Current practice in the west these days is to 'allow' infants to cry themselves to sleep, so that they get used to sleeping on their own; this for the benefit of the parents of course, who need their uninterrupted sleep so that they can return to their careers and keep the economy turning; but the FACT is that the child cries and cries until, practically exhausted, he or she gives up, resigns herself to the fact that her calls will be ignored... in the old days this was called 'breaking the wilful nature of the child' - breaking the spirit is apt...

Parents mostly love their children, but they are unwittingly enrolled in these child rearing ways, often in spite of their true feelings, often out of a fear that their child may not do well at school and in later life suffer as a result..... and mostly because they too have been through the intense conditioning processes inherent in 'child rearing' practices common in our Society.

That exhausted last cry and that moment of resignation is a very deep wound indeed, and unheeded, practically invisible, for who has the eyes and  ears to sense the child's resignation, it is the millions upon millions of 'little'  wounds like this that lead directly to the kinds of people who routinely IGNORE the costs others pay for their luxuries and comforts, all too easily rationalising it as 'progress' or 'more than my job is worth'....

The recent TV series SuperNanny showed a professional nanny 'advise' parents on management strategies to deploy with their children, and not once did she enquire about the Parents own childhood experiences....  a deliberate attempt to render child management as the proper way to go about relating to children, in particular 'disruptive children', who a generation before would have been beaten into submission, a beating that other children would have taken note of and would have modulated their behaviour accordingly...

These days overt manipulation is seen as an improvement. It is not. The damage is just the same. Just no visible blood. 2530,000 children are prescribed Ritalin in the UK, 6 million in the USA....

And yet Science, in particular Neuroscience, has in the past 15 years confirmed the damage Miller claimed was caused in 'child rearing practices'; and even still Governments keep this information away from their various Health and Education programs....


There is a very deep rabbit hole in our Society, and we MUST absolutely visit it's darkest regions and bring to light the effects of 'child rearing' upon children, who become the adults that work and make the Society we live in. The kinds of adults who accept War as natural, who will routinely rationalise abusive practices such as the use of Ritalin to manage children who are showing signs of distress or the widespread use of toxic chemicals in food growing, who will readily accept the media led demonisation of 'others' as the 'enemy', who will all too easily accept the corrupt practices inherent in Governance such as Corporate Lobbying, the 'revolving door' policy of working for Corporations, then Government, then Corporations, who will 'protect' the Church, even when the evidence of abuse is widespread and clear, a matter of policy.

There is another way, a natural and known way; that of trusting, respecting and validating children as persons...


When children are treated with respect, they become adults who are respectful. When children are treated as trustworthy, they become trustworthy adults. We do have a choice.



Kindest regards

Corneilius

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2 comments:

The Knitter said...

It was quite insulting of Ratzinger to blame 'secularisation of society' for CLERGY SEXUAL TERRORISM. After all 150,000 children were incarcerated in the Institutions managed by the Catholic Church between the years 1922 and 1974. These children, some only new-born babies, were starved, beaten, enslaved and sexually abused - and this in a society wholly controlled by the Catholic Church. And still Ireland has to come to terms with the incarceration of women in Magdalen Asylums who became mothers out of wedlock, some as the result of rape and incest.

corneilius said...

Yes. The hypocrisy and the vastness of the international and historical scale of this abuse has yet to be fully revealed. The Irish Government are deeply complicit in these abuses, in the cover ups underway. As are many other Governments.