The Cloyne diocese report has been issued and a download is available here.
Among other findings, the commission found that
The Vatican showed no interest in helping to set up systems for protecting children from abusive clerics.
John Magee, the bishop at the time, failed to operate the agreed child-protection measures and showed no interest in dealing with complaints of sexual abuse. He lied to the minister for children and the HSE about complying with his church’s own guidelines.
The diocese chose not to report certain complaints to the Gardai, even though it was obvious that they were police matters.
Magee deliberately hid the real facts about child abuse cases and failed to confront child abuse until he was forced to do so.
The diocese knew about sexual abuse and its consequences but still failed to provide support for people making complaints.
The Cloyne report underlines what all previous investigations have said. When it came to sexual abuse of children, the Irish state was happy to place power in the hands of the abusers.
Instead of imposing law-driven rules on priests the same as any other human being, Ireland accepted guidelines, framework documents, assurances and voluntary commitments.
It still does.
In this country, control of our primary schools is for the most part in the hands of the people who protected paedophiles. If the head of a primary school opposes a priest, he or she risks not being paid, even when that priest is a predatory child-abuser demanding that children be delivered to him for rape.
You think I made that up? I did not. It happened and is documented in Judge Yvonne Murphy’s report on child abuse in the diocese of Cloyne, which covers all of Cork except the city.
John Magee, bishop of Cloyne, lied to the health service, lied to the government and personally behaved inappropriately to a teenager during the investigation. A priest appointed by Magee as chairman of a school’s board of management threatened a school principal with loss of salary if she didn’t supply him with children to abuse.
This didn’t happen 100 years ago. This happened in the last few years.
Magee himself abdicated responsibility for child protection, handing this function to a character by the name of O’Callaghan, a canon lawyer, whose main concern was protection of the church. These guys truly believed that the law of the land was secondary to the law of Rome, but this wasn’t in the dark ages. This was only a few years ago, in the new millennium.
O’Callaghan was a professor of moral theology in Maynooth prior to his appointment in Cloyne and may well have regarded his role as one of confusing the police and everyone else he regaarded as his intellectual inferior. This is a characteristic common among these frustrated celibate old men whose only pastime is to play games with the authorities.
The bishop prepared two reports on a particular case — one that went to Rome detailing full details os a sex abuse case, and another for local consumption, with the true facts omitted, in case somebody might discover it.
It’s over. It’s time our government removed any semblance of authority from these dysfunctional old witch-doctors. They have no qualifications to be in control of our schools and it’s time we removed these people from control of our children. They are not to be trusted.