I read this morning that the Archbishop of Westminster, Vincent Nichols, leader of the millions of Roman Catholics in England, seemed to be concerned that young people were in danger using social networking sites like Facebook and MySpace.
He warned that
They throw themselves into a friendship or network of friendships, then it collapses and they're desolate."
There is not a shred of evidence to support the link between suicide and the use of social networking sites. But there is evidence he is the leader of a church in which large numbers of God's chosen priests have, until recently, been involved in physical and sexual child abuse on an industrial scale. And a church that is still in denial about how the leaders of that church deliberately covered up this abuse.
I've looked on the Archbishop's website, and can find no reference to his comments following the Ryan Commission Report into the systemic abuse in Ireland by catholic organisations, The Sisters of Mercy and The Christian Brothers.
In an interview after the publication of the report, he defended the priestly perpetrators of the abuse.
Why of earth did this man not unequivocally condemn this abuse? I suspect it had something to do with his predecessor, Cormac Murphy -O'Connor's cover up of the child abuse by Father Michael Hill who was convicted in 1997 of sexual abuse of nine children. A cover up that allowed this man to abuse even more children. It is clear that Murphy-O'Connor had been aware that concerns had been raised about Hill's behaviour, but had moved him to another parish.