"Suffer the little children..."
posted by Dr John Crippen at 4:23 PM
What is it about the purveyors of organised religion that makes them feel that they are somehow above the law? That makes them feel that they do not have to answer for criminal offences committed on children? The Popes image is forever tarnished by his actions, still unexplained, to protect paedophile priests. Now the Church of England is behaving in a similar fashion.
Allegations have been made that children in Church of England childrens homes were inappropriately medicated with inappropriate drugs. The allegations are serious, and are convincing. Not that the medical profession is without blame:
Dr Perinpanayagam, for many years a consultant in general psychiatry to the Dartford and Gravesham Health Authority, spent 15 years as consultant psychiatrist to Kendall House. He held a similar post at Rochester Borstal. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal College of Psychiatrists in 1975, and his photograph appears in the National Portrait Gallery.
The Sri Lankan-born doctor retired from the NHS in 1984 and moved to Guernsey, where he continued to practise. He died in 1988 at the age of 60. In 1977 he wrote to a medical journal to describe his experiments with tranquillisers on girls in an unnamed "secure home", according to a report in the Sunday Mirror earlier this year.
Experiments? Dear God!
And what does the Church of England have to say? Are they leaving no stone unturned to find out what happened to these children? No they are not:
It would be inappropriate for the Diocese to initiate any internal inquiries since we are not qualified to do this. In any event, it would be essential for any investigation to be conducted both professionally and impartially.Inappropriate?
Why can they not provide a list of all the children in their care at that time, with all the medical records, and a list of all the staff, particular those in charge, of the childrens homes. That would be an "appropriate" start.
This puts a whole new meaning on suffer the little children.