The report has been published here.
The Dublin Diocese inquiry findings will probably be published on Thursday next, 26th November, but they have already been leaked to the press.
If reports are correct, the inquiry will say that the four Archbishops who controlled the diocese before Diarmuid Martin cared little or nothing for the suffering of children raped by their priests. The archbishops’ main concern was to protect the privilege, power and status of their church, and to achieve this, they prevented complaints being made to the police and suppressed information about violent sexual crimes carried out by priests in their employ. Even though the four bishops knew that their priests were abusing children wholsale, not one of them informed the Gardai until 1995.
These men were Desmond Connell, and before him Kevin MacNamara, preceded by Dermot Ryan and before him again, John Charles McQuaid, the man who virtually dictated the constitution of this State.
Martin, an affable but shrewd operator, attracts praise for his openness and willingness to confront the problem directly.
You might remember as recently as last year, the former archbishop, Desmond Connell, took a high court action in an effort to prevent his successor, Martin, from releasing diocesan files on sexual abuse claims to the church’s own commission of investigation.
The Gardai won’t come well out of the inquiry either. A culture of deference to the church authorities existed within the force and perhaps even a culture of collusion to ensure that no priest had to face prosecution. It seems that many Gardai believed the same thing as the clergy themselves: in Ireland the Catholic church was not only above the law, but might actually have been the law.
The inquiry report, which only covers a sample of 46 abusing priests, will expose deep-rooted corruption, callousness, selfishness and indifference to wrongdoing among the deeply Christian hierarchy of the Catholic church. A number of chapters will be omitted from the report because they refer to people against whom charges have been brought, including one individual who was only charged last week when it became common knowledge that the chapter referring to him was also extremely critical of an Garda Síochána. A relative of one victim has suggested that this is too much of a coincidence.
As soon as the report becomes available, I hope to summarise its principal findings.
Also on Bock
Dublin Diocese Commission Abuse Report