Bishop John Magee, I see, from his secret American hideaway has issued a sort of apology for the fact that he covered up the crimes of his employees, didn’t bother to protect the children from those same employees and falsified the records he kept of conversations with the abusers.
In his apology, Magee refers to his actions as “failures”, thereby compounding his original dishonesty and seeking to repeat the lie.
Bishop John Magee did not fail.
Failure implies effort. John Magee made no effort to deal with sex abuse by his employees. Indeed, according to the commission’s report, he actively tried to hide their crimes.
John Magee wrote two reports about the same interview with a rapist priest. One version was for his employers in Rome, and it told the truth : the rapist admitted his crimes. The other version was for Irish consumption and it said that the rapist denied everything. Which was true? The version that went to Rome, a supposedly independent state. Which was a lie? The version that stayed in Ireland.
John Magee actively worked to conceal a crime from the police. He has no business apologising for his failures, since this was not a failure. This was a success, by his standards, and it was only because of a government decision that his actions were exposed.
Like all his fellow bishops, Magee had only one objective — to protect the Catholic church, not the children, and after that, to protect himself.
Let me keep saying it. These people run our schools. If a private educational contractor proved this dangerous and corrupt, it would immediately lose its State contract and its executives would be arrested.
Is that not a fact?
Yet Magee keeps spinning the truth, which is hardly a surprise. He and his colleagues will never, ever understand that the game is up. They’re a profoundly damaged bunch of old men with no grasp of the new realities. Froim here on, it’s up to the government.
Forget Canon Law. This is supposedly a republic and it’s about time we saw it being run as a republic, as opposed to the theocracy it has been for too long.