"Truly scandalous": report indicates Irish abuse continued

"Truly scandalous": report indicates Irish abuse continued July 13, 2011

Another report, another dose of grim news from across the pond:

The Catholic Church in Ireland was still covering up sexual abuse of children by priests as recently as 2009, long after it issued guidelines meant to protect children, and the Vatican tacitly encouraged the cover-up by ignoring the guidelines, according to a scathing report issued on Wednesday by the Irish government.

Alan Shatter, the Irish justice minister, called the findings “truly scandalous” and said the church’s earlier promises to report all abuse cases since 1995 were “built on sand.”

The developments surrounding the Irish church were in contrast to those in Germany, where the country’s Catholic bishops took new steps on Wednesday to bring previously unreported abuse cases to light. The German bishops said they would allow outside investigators to look for abuses cases in diocesan personnel records dating back at least 10 years, in some cases all the way to 1945, though there were also indications that some crucial records may have already been destroyed.

Germany and Ireland are especially significant in the church abuse scandal because in both the scandal has touched the highest echelons of the church. The new developments illustrate their divergent approaches, and reveal tensions between civil and ecclesiastical justice in a scandal that has shaken the church’s moral authority worldwide.

The Irish report found that the clergy in the diocese of Cloyne, a rural area of County Cork, did not act on complaints against 19 priests from 1996 to 2009. The report also found that two separate allegations against one priest were reported to police, but there was no evidence of any police investigation.

The bishop of Cloyne, John Magee, who had previously served as private secretary to three popes, resigned last year. Bishop Magee has offered a “sincere apology” to all those who were abused by priests in the diocese, and has said he now realizes he should have taken a much firmer role in ensuring that church procedures on reporting abuse were followed. But he has not accepted direct responsibility for covering up the abuse.

The report is the Irish government’s fourth in recent years on aspects of the scandal. Its findings echo a previous investigation into the Dublin archdiocese, which found evidence of abuse and a widespread cover-up there.

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16 responses to “"Truly scandalous": report indicates Irish abuse continued”

  1. Why would this be the least bit surprising? To this day, next to nothing has been done to change the culture which enabled the abuse. Procedures are nothing more than window dressing without a change of culture.

  2. More bad news from the RCC—–what is wrong with the men of the church? The losers in all this? THE VICTIMS! There is really no excuse for the continuation of this criminal behavior! Saying that everyone is a sinner doesn’t cut it as an excuse–there is absolutely no excuse at all.

  3. Rudy, you nailed it. But it is not PC and soon might be against the law just like it used to be in the soviet union when people went to the gulag for voicing anything not in line with the current government state religion atheism…

    For those who think changes in the Catholic Church to allow married priests and women priests, how did this help the 4.5 million children sexually abused in our public schools?

  4. Such a tragic betrayal of the people of Ireland. This makes me so sad. The catholic church has been thoroughly devastated by all of this. It was bad enough that the historical abuses were so poorly handled – but this?

    What’s even more discouraging is that people use all of this to judge the church in Ireland in its entirety. Good priests, bishops and parishes are lumped with the bad and that is tragic.

    I pray that the church in Ireland can heal from this – but it is surely going to take time, sorrow, forgiveness and a lot of hard work.

  5. Greta, Rudy, I just want to see the Church in Ireland in elsewhere heal. Scapegoating homosexual persons and reviving the specter of the Soviet Union are far from constructive. I’ve read many reports on the recent study from the John Jay organization, which did not pin the blame on any one factor, which is indeed just.

  6. I shared a place at the table in the breakfast room of an American hotel recently with a tourist from Ireland. He revealed to me that as a child he was a victim of clerical sexual abuse in Ireland. Today he is an agnostic who firmly denies the divinity of Jesus Christ and at the same time thinks the Catholic Church is the greatest evil organization the world has known.
    I know God in His infinite mercy holds this man dearly in His heart but how, oh how, do you begin to repair the damage done to this man’s spirit?

  7. When the sexual abuse crisis was just starting, a friend who had worked with a lot of priests told me that abuse and coverup was part of the culture. As time has gone on I have seen nothing to change that impression.

    I have to agree with Kenneth #1, until the culture changes, until the outlook of the Church leaders changes, nothing is going to change. You can play games and scapegoat the gays, but that won’t do any good.

    Many have claimed a large percentage of our priests are gay, if you believe that they are the problem, then why has the abuse been as small as it has. Or do you thing the Church is covering up a lot more than we see?

    Mike L

  8. Rudy, all those men are not necessarily homosexuals—that is an excuse—how about the girls they molest? Like I said previously—what is wrong wtih the MEN who are supposed to be in charge of the churche’s priests? Many of them are as guilty as the men they supervise. They all have had a great place to hide out–use their powers wrongly and get away with it. The fact that they are STILL getting away with it in Ireland is tragic. Have a feeling Ireland isn’t the only country that this crime is continuing in—-
    Hopefully by now parents would have learned not leave their children alone with a priest–no matter what country they live in. No, not all priests are abusers, but how does one know which one is? It is another one of those thorns in the side of the church that they can’t seem to really get their act together and put a stop to these crimes. It is, IMO, an “old boy’s club” and loyality still takes priority.

  9. an “old homo boy’s club” would be more correct. There was rampant homosexuality going on in several major seminaries. Including one in the Massachusetts area. Priests openly involved in Gay Activist groups and NAMBLA. That is being swept under the rug. I had numerous Gay men hit on me when I was underage, one even offered me money to let him perform a sexual act on me. None of them were priests, but they were all gay, including one who nearly – well, no it went far enough that it would be considered rape. He also gave with alcohol, and marajuana beforehand, which is probably a crime as well. They all preteneded to be friends and confidants, which is probably how the Gay Priests did it. Molestors are usually con artists and liars. Which makes it all the more painful. Not only the negative sexual experience, but the betrayal of a friend.

    People can sit around and do their studies all they want, but people who are victims of these crimes know the truth. If you are a man who is into d*ck – then you are gay PERIOD!

  10. Brian – I checked out your page on deviantart. Our faith needs more artitsts like you to spread the word of God. Please keep up your efforts.

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