Thursday, 27 September 2012

The Betrayal of Children

The scandal emerging from Rochdale raises many difficult questions.  On the BBC Radio 4 Today programme this morning, there was a chilling description by one of the abused children of the attitude of the social workers who should have been protecting her.  Her parents were told that she was a prostitute, that that was a lifestyle choice, and that as she was nearly 16, they would not intervene.

According to the BBC’s website:
The report also shows some officials believed vulnerable girls as young as 10 - who were being groomed for sexual abuse - were "making their own choices".One of the girl's parents said they were simply told their teenage daughter was hanging out with a bad crowd, it [the report] says.”
There are so many shocking aspects to this, but the one that I want to focus on is the culture of that makes it possible for social workers, police or anyone else to condone the abuse of children (as all under age sex is, with or without consent) on the grounds that the children had ‘chosen it.’

Such a dreadful opinion is only possible because the whole cultural milieu is corrupt.  There is no real sense of the intrinsic harm that children can do to themselves by ‘poor choices’ at this age - indeed, ‘poor choices’ is too judgmental; they are just ‘lifestyle choices.’

What’s worrying is how widespread this idiocy is - and how even Catholic schools have welcomed Connexions, who are steeped in exactly the same philosophy.

This is the philosophy that considers it ‘appropriate’ to give contraception to under-age girls without parental knowledge or consent; that then arranges their abortions, again without parental knowledge or consent.  This is the philosophy that makes people from other cultures look on white adolescent girls as so much trash to be abused at will.  This is the philosophy that abandons girls as young as 10 to exploitation in the name of choice.

It represents complete moral bankruptcy, and an abdication of our responsibility as adults to make wise choices on behalf of children, to protect them, and to educate them to make wise and good choices.

And we invite it into our schools, give it access to our kids, in complete confidence...

Sub tuum praesidium confugimus, 
Sancta Dei Genetrix. 
Nostras deprecationes ne despicias in necessitatibus, 
sed a periculis cunctis libera nos semper, 
Virgo gloriosa et benedicta. 


Sixupman said...

The position merely reflects the ethos of the Social Services Departments throughout the land - they adjudged it was the children's life-style choice!

Ttony said...

The really, really, awful thing is that the social workers, the System if you like, thought that what they were doing was the right thing for the children. It is beyond "mere" corruption: it is truly Satanic.

Omphalomancer said...

There can be no doubt that this situation is widespread and not merely an isolated incident. To blame Social Care is sadly to miss the point that children in such situations are the victims of the most insidious form of abuse which is neglect. How can children thrive when there parents are unable to meet even the most basic demands of parenthood; parents who fail to provide a loving and caring environment; parents who fail to restrain their own unrealised lusts and who behave with bestial abandon in their lusts; parents who fail to maintain order and discipline and therefore cannot communicate the same to their offspring.
This sounds harsh and it is. Is is also the result of a degeneration in the concept of the family which too late is recognised as producing blighted fruit when marriage itself is redefined. Bishop wring their ringed hands and remain silent; what else could they do whose own silence procured the opportunities for the abuse the of children and whose own wisdom to to solicit perverse and ignorant council to support their own moral cowardice.
There is though hope. We have a Pope who realises the extent of the crisis and there are bishops who see the truth of political bankruptcy and the consequent rise of the culture of death.
Social Care reflects the values of society and not the other way round; we cannot so easily dismiss this problem when even good parents consent to their children fornicating in their own homes and encourage contraception on the basis of tacit conivance that driers the pastoral majesty of Humanae Vitae.

Mark Lambert said...

Be prepared for much more as our society continues to down the path we began when we divorced the unitive and procreative ends of sex. When sex is something 'just for pleasure' we will continue to see new aberrations of this nature proliferate.

On the positive side, it makes me all the more sure that society has got it wrong and the Church has got it right. As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord (Josh 24:15).