Posts Tagged ‘Cloyne Report’

Sex abuse-claim priest worked on for 10 years

Tuesday, December 20th, 2011

An unpublished chapter of the Cloyne Report reveals that a priest at the centre of multiple abuse complaints was effectively left in unrestricted ministry for more than a decade.

Alleged victims of the priest — known by the pseudonym ‘Fr Ronat’ — are not expected to receive the full Cloyne Report and its unpublished chapter until shortly before it is formally released by Justice Minister Alan Shatter on Monday.

The High Court yesterday cleared the way for the suspended chapter of the hard-hitting report into the handling of clerical abuse complaints in the Cork diocese to finally be published.


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Irish Government requires Vatican’s full co-operation

Tuesday, September 13th, 2011

The Irish Government toned-down its recent fury and in what has been described as an ‘uneasy peace’, welcomed the Vatican’s response to the Cloyne report. However despite the Vatican’s expression of shame and apology to victims of sexual abuse, the Irish Government has not backed away from its earlier harsh criticism of the Holy See. Read more

Tough new Irish abuse laws will not mention confession

Tuesday, September 13th, 2011

Priests can be jailed for up to five years if they fail to report paedophiles to gardai under a proposed new law.

However, the legislation will not contain any reference to the confession box, an issue which Justice Minister Alan Shatter said yesterday was a “bogus side issue”.

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Irish PM adamant, Vatican hampered enquiry

Friday, September 9th, 2011

Ireland’s Prime Minister, Enda Kenny is standing by his comments that the Vatican hampered an enquiry into child sex abuse by Irish priests. Kenny’s original remarks have been widely applauded in Ireland but in its response late last week, the Vatican said Kenny’s accusations were “unfounded.” “Every organization, either faith or any other, will understand Read more

Archbishop Diarmuid Martin on Holy See comments

Friday, September 9th, 2011

Bishop Magee: A media lesson in what not to do

Friday, September 2nd, 2011

“An object lesson in what not to do” is how Association of Catholic Priests founder, Fr Brendan Hoban described last weeks interview and the statement issued by former Cloyne bishop, John Magee. The media events were Magee’s first comments in five weeks on the Murphy Report into the handling of sexual abuse in the Cloyne Read more

Cloyne diocese also cash-strapped

Tuesday, August 23rd, 2011

A second diocese in Ireland, the Diocese of Cloyne, is also under extreme financial pressure. In a statement the diocese said it has sold property and used its cash reserves but these options are almost exhausted. “Ultimately the diocese and each parish depend on the generosity of the faithful in the weekly collections and other Read more

Former Cloyne bishop returns, but hides

Tuesday, August 23rd, 2011

The former Cloyne archbishop, John Magee, has returned to Ireland, but gone into hiding. According to the Irish Independent, Magee visited his retirement property in Mitchelstown, but he is not at the parochial house in the north-Cork town. The Independent’s sources say he is staying with friends. While the Irish Police have no plans to Read more

Elite and narcissist Irish Catholic Church must pay more

Friday, August 19th, 2011

Elitist and narcissist is how Irish Prime Minister, Enda Kenny has described the Vatican’s handling of the sexual abuse scandal in Ireland. Kenny said after three government reports on clerical abuse and cover-ups rocked one of Europe’s most devout societies, the church needs to be “truly and deeply penitent for the horrors it perpetrated, hid and Read more

Dublin Archdiocese on brink of financial collapse

Friday, August 19th, 2011

The Dublin Archdiocese could be on the verge of financial collapse as it tries to manage the child abuse payouts. Declining numbers of Catholics attending Mass and fewer donations are also significant contributing factors. The Irish Catholic reports that reserves built up by the diocese have been spent. A senior administrator for the archdiocese said Read more