St Augustine’s Sin of unmerited blame
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 and poet. Raised a Roman Catholic, he attended boarding schools in Ireland and England, where he faced abuse as an altar boy and chorister. Reading about the evasiveness of the Church in response to disclosures of child abuse, Mike thought back to his schooldays and the exploitative situations he had encountered.
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 unexamined.
With the Vatican decrying critics of the Church as ‘Friends of the Devil’, Mike felt obligated to use his fusion of life experiences to help throw light on the enduring consequences of a Christian education, for certain individuals.
Mike is indebted 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 St Augustine’s Sin 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.