St Augustine’s Sin
The creed that grooms, with carnal stainMichael Moloney, 2020
From St Augustine’s Sin of blame,
Makes Christian children fairer game.
Then, self-reproachful prayers ingrain
These fledgling minds, with guilt and shame;
While priests abuse them, in God’s name.
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 encountered abuse. With the Vatican decrying critics of the church as “Friends of the Devil”, he thought back to his church schooldays.
The IICSA reports that abuse continues today (link below), yet nothing in literature explains this deviance credibly. The possible influence of Christian drill and doctrine on the sexual abuse of altar boys or the callous neglect found in Ireland’s mother and baby homes, is uncharted. Reading about the evasiveness of the churches in response to disclosures of child abuse, Mike felt obligated to use his fusion of life experiences to help throw light on the enduring consequences of a faith school education, for certain individuals. In his new book he suggests Augustine’s ideas on sin and sexual lust might play a more influential role in child sexual abuse and adult mental well-being than has generally been recognised. The book has been favourably reviewed by prominent authors and critics like Karl French and Alan Wilkinson.
Mike is indebted to Lorna Graham who advised throughout and authored the final chapters. With 26 years’ experience of teaching in primary schools and in secondary Religious Education, Lorna writes with authority about infant indoctrination and the current obsolete connection between the state and church.
Recovery from drilling in Christian rites and rituals sometimes requires a lengthy process of healing. Mike hopes the insights offered in Why Punish Me? will help address negative thinking and assist other apostates who may be disturbed by feelings of guilt or blame. Some ideas are on the Healing page, and you can find further information available at the links below.
Note: Michael Moloney is a precautionary pseudonym.