Wednesday, May 20, 2009


"Wherever the corpse is, there the vultures will gather."

After reading in the news about the result of a study of children's institutions in Ireland, and the abuse associated with them, I have come to a conclusion: any institution involving children will attract the vultures--the predators. Orphanages, schools, churches, camps--they all have their share. That is the vulnerability, and that is where they go.

I think, therefore, that any institution should be regarded with suspicion, and that utter transparency needs to be the rule of the day. If an institution cannot survive with everything open to scrutiny, perhaps they shouldn't.


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