WHY PUNISH ME? by Michael Moloney
“This is potentially of interest to anyone concerned with how we grow up, how we are shaped…
“It tackles – head-on – an important and pressing subject… it’s vital stuff. It’s about how we safeguard young people, how we grow up, how we interact with others.”

– KARL FRENCH, Literary Reviewer


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Michael Moloney's new book: WHY PUNISH ME? Augustine's sinful lust unwrapped
infants are born stained with unseen carnal guilt of original sin

infants are made guilty by clerics, who claim the power and authority of almighty God.*

60% of primary schools join in Collective Worship

Children are taught to repent and beg for mercy (disregarding the wronged victim).*

When we reject religion, billions of neural connections in our infant brains are not set free

An authority figure causing a child to feel guilt and shame is a grooming ploy.*

Because outsiders are judged ‘sinful’ or ‘bad’, an abused child can feel isolated and blameworthy.

Outsiders are judged ‘sinful’ or ‘bad’, so an abused child can feel alone and ashamed.*

The John Jay Report - Causes and Context of Sexual Abuse of Minors by Catholic Priests in the United States, 1950-2010

In 2020 over 100 new allegations of  clerical abuse were decreed ‘forgiven’ by the Church.*

Most of us reject religion, but billions of neural connections in our infant brains are not set free

I claim the right to an impartial, critically conscious education, free from risk of abuse.

Guilt, power and absolution - Why child sexual abuse continues to bedevil the church

Pupils are no longer marked 'dunce' but still marked 'Guilty'
The Clerical Child Abuse Puzzle

WHY PUNISH ME? – Synopsis:
Michael Moloney tells the story of how, as a vulnerable altar boy, he was psychologically and physically abused by Catholic priests.  He explores evidence that abuse is more prevalent in churches than in other comparable settings, a finding supported by recent internationally accredited reports.  Tracing the origins of clerical abuse, the author reminds us that the church has long provided a cover for abusers.  Grimly, he shows how schools might be inadvertently smoothing a path for them.

In 2021 the UK Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse published a dossier of abuse in religious institutions, revealing that the church remains mired in safeguarding and clerical abuse scandals. Yet, by law every school in Britain must take part in a daily act of Collective Worship. And every year 20,000 pupils are assigned faith school places against their families’ preferences.

The author examines a depravity stretching back to St Augustine of Hippo in the 4th century.  He suggests drill and doctrine might play a more influential role in child abuse and adult mental well-being than has generally been recognised in mainstream social science. This book fills a gap in the shelf, lifting the lid on a story of abuse and religious indoctrination which continues to this day.

About Michael Moloney:
Michael Moloney is the pseudonym of an acclaimed British writer. He served as altar boy and chorister while attending boarding schools in Ireland and England, where he faced abuse. Co-author Lorna Graham spent 26 years teaching in schools.  Click footer link for more information

*All claims and statements made throughout this website are evidence based.

References are cited here: End Notes and in the Back Matter of WHY PUNISH ME?