BISHOP NOEL TREANOR, THE BISHOP OF DOWN AND CONNOR IS LIKE A HOUSEHOLDER WHOSE METAL SPOUTING AND DOWNPIPES ARE ROTTEN AND CRACKED - AND WHO INSTEAD OF TOTALLY REPLACING THEM IS TRYING TO FIX REGULAR LEAKS WITH CELOTAPE AND POLYFILLER.
And, as every householder will tell you this way of dealing with rotten guttering is very bad for the whole house - causing constant leaks and rot and eventually undermining the integrity of the building.
He obviously realised that when he spent between 1 and 4 million pounds on renovating his episcopal palace of Lisbreen.
Why does it not realise it when it comes to renewing and safeguarding the Body of Christ - the church in the diocese of Down and Connor.
When it comes to the fabric of the Body of Christ he is prepared to limp from scandal to scandal, from revelation to revelation, with regard to his clergy.
There are those who say that Noel Treanor overwhelmed and semi-paralysed at the state of the diocese he inherited from Paddy "Sniff" Walsh ten years ago in 2008 and that he is longing for retirement in 8 years time.
Some say that he is appalled at what he has read in the clergy files that are only read by the bishop.
Others say that before he took over there was an industrial type of shredding done at Lisbreen - to prevent Treanor seeing even worse.
At present Treanor is dealing with:
1. Historic abuse cases.
2. The cases of priests who are cruising gay cruising sites in places like the Giant's Ring in Belfast, the sand dunes on the North Coast and various public toilets.
3. The case of a priest who has been supplying oral sex to truck drivers and other passersby on the A1 dual carriageway.
4. The cases of priests living with their partners - both male and female.
5. The cases of priests being absent and not living in their parish.
Just to mention a few....................
This whole situation cannot and should not be dealt with on a scandal by scandal basis with the truth having to be dragged out of the bishop and the diocese on each occasion.
This crisis is a SYSTEMIC CRISIS and it must be dealt with in a whole and systemic manner.
And it's not only Down and Connor that has such a crisis.
Every diocese in Ireland, to a greater or lesser extent, has the same crisis.
Recent events in Dromore show the depth of the crisis there - a crisis that dates back 40 years at least.
The Irish Catholic Bishops need to realise and say that the whole system is broken. They need to be publicly open about this with the Irish people and indeed with the Vatican.
The seminaries too are totally dysfunctional.
The crisis has a massive sexual dimension as well as moral, social, disciplinary dimensions.
The first step in addressing such a big problem is the acknowledgement of the problem and its size.
When will Noel Treanor and his colleagues admit that the Church Titanic has already hit a towering iceberg?