You have to love those bishops with their mental reservation. They never go anywhere without a spare IF or BUT in their trouser pocket just in case they find themselves face to face with embarrassing facts that need to be blurred, and John Magee is no exception. We’d expect no less from a former Vatican insider, even if the Vatican did elbow him out fairly sharply in the end.
This is the bishop who lied to the government, lied to the HSE and wrote a report on an abuse case that deliberately concealed material facts about an abuser.
On Planet Magee, all that deceit amounts to nothing more than a failure to fully implement child-protection guidelines. Today he issued a statement about the Cloyne sexual abuse report — a statement full of evasions and avoidances, apparently written by a public-relations firm. In particular, Magee betrays his complete detachment from the reality of the Cloyne scandal by his use of the word failure
This is absolute dishonesty. Failure is an honourable thing if it follows sincere effort, but Magee made no such effort. He couldn’t have failed because he never tried. The Commission report found that he actively lied, deceived and covered up material facts. He did little or nothing to investigate allegations of child abuse, and he appointed a man to deal with victims who believed that church law was superior to the law of the land.
This wasn’t a failure. This was a self-styled prince of the church, placing the welfare of his organisation above the needs of rape victims, and thumbing his nose at Irish civil authority.
To compound the insult, Magee made a public statement in which he said that if his actions had caused hurt, he begged forgiveness from the victims.
Was there some doubt? If so, it existed only in the minds of people like John Magee and his Canon-Law sidekick, O Callaghan.
As I often said before, these are the people who still control our primary schools. This is the mindset of the people who can fire a teacher on a whim.
Previously: Magee Apologises