Report by Commission of Investigation into Catholic Diocese of Cloyne

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.



Bishop Magee Resigns

They’re incapable of straight talk.  They just can’t do it.

Here’s an extract from John Magee’s resignation statement: —

I want to offer once again my sincere apologies to any person who has been abused by any priest of the Diocese of Cloyne during my time as bishop or at any time. To those whom I have failed in any way, or through any omission of mine have made suffer, I beg forgiveness and pardon. As I said on Christmas Eve 2008 after the publication report of the National Board for Safeguarding Children in the Catholic Church in Ireland, I take full responsibility for the criticism of our management of issues contained in that report.

Why couldn’t he have said To those whom I have failed, I beg forgiveness and pardon?

Why couldn’t he have said I take full responsibility for concealing these crimes from the police?

Really, there’s just no hope for them.  None.



John Magee, Bishop of Cloyne — Resign You Fucking Bastard


Bishop Magee of Cloyne Finally Steps Down

Not before time, John Magee has been replaced as bishop of Cloyne, though he retains the title in a futile attempt to save his dignity. The official explanation for his replacement in the day-to-day running of the diocese is that Magee will now have the necessary time and energy to cooperate fully with the government Commission of Inquiry.

I don’t know how this move increases his energy unless it all turns out to be some sort of ecclesiastical first-person shoot-em-up and he picked up a health pack from an enemy priest.  And as far as I know, he had plenty of time for obfuscating and obstructing all inquiries, so I don’t know why he’d need extra time to cooperate with them.  All he has to do is answer questions and open files.  It’s not as if anyone would trust him to carry out the inquiry himself.

Magee, we’re told, asked Ratzo last month to appoint an apostolic administrator to carry out the ordinary governance of the Diocese of Cloyne. In other words, he wanted someone else to do his job instead, and so, in due course, a neighbouring bishop was installed today in his place.

According to Cardinal Seán Brady, The decision of the Holy Father to grant that request is an indication of the importance which the Church gives to safeguarding children and caring for the needs of victims.

Is it now?

This church which moved abusing priests from parish to parish and from country to country gives importance to safeguarding children?

First I heard of it.


Previously on Bock:

Cardinal Seán Brady’s Weasel Words

Abuse of Power in Ireland

Cloyne Sex Abuse Case — Cardinal Brady Stands By Magee

Bishop Magee — Where Do You Go To My Lovely?

John Magee, Bishop of Cloyne — Resign You Fucking Bastard

Civil Partnership — Cardinal Brady Makes A Fool Of Himself Again

What Is Desmond Connell Trying To Keep Secret?

The Brothers of Charity:– Raping Your Children Since 1883 !!

Cardinal Error: Brady Gets the Red Hat

Oh those feckin old bishops!

Religion Sexual abuse

Cloyne Sex Abuse Case — Cardinal Brady Stands By Magee

Cardinal Seán Brady sees no reason why Bishop Magee should resign. Magee has had a painful lesson, Seán reckons, and now he should be allowed to get on with protecting children. Just look into that logic of that. Seán Brady thinks the right man to protect children from sex abuse is someone who ignored victims’ complaints and had a policy of providing minimal information to the police. Brady thinks Magee is a dependable and reliable person, and of course, he’s right about that. After all, Magee discovered the murdered Pope John Paul I, elected by mistake, and could be depended and relied on to keep his mouth shut about the extremely sinister aspects of that case. Magee kept quiet, and eventually ended up as a Bishop in the diocese of Cloyne. Djenkuje, Johnny, said the new Polish Pope, John Paul II. We won’t see ya stuck. Good man. Just don’t write a book, OK? And there you go. Johnny didn’t write a book. Johnny kept his trap shut and that keeps the Vatican happy, and of course, Brady is the Vatican’s man. According to Brady, Magee will now do everything in his power to ensure that clerical sexual abuse doesn’t happen in his diocese again. Hold on a minute. Am I missing something here? Does Brady not get it? This isn’t a new part of the job description for a bishop. This isn’t some radical ground-breaking discovery. It was always Magee’s job to prevent clerical sexual abuse, but he didn’t understand that, and Brady doesn’t seem to understand it either. They still don’t get it and the spin continues. He has begun to address these serious issues, says Brady. He has published the report, and apologised. He has introduced changes which need to be continued to ensure and to keep safeguarding at the top of the list of priorities. Listen. For six months he suppressed the report through empty legal threats and he only published it in the end because he had no choice. He apologised? Talk is cheap. He introduced changes to keep safeguarding at the top of the list of priorities? Correction. Safeguarding was never at the top of his priority list. That’s what his own report shows. That’s why he’s in trouble. They just don’t get it and they won’t get it until they’re forced to understand. Not only does Magee need to resign, but he also needs to be removed by the Minister from his position as patron of the schools in his diocese. Then he might have the time he needs to reflect on a life less useful, and maybe write that book after all.


Murphy Report Part 1

Murphy Report Part 2


All Bock posts on the Murphy Report


Also on Bock:

Bishop Magee – Where Do You Go To My Lovely?

John Magee, Bishop of Cloyne – Resign You Fucking Bastard

What Is Desmond Connell Trying To Keep Secret?
The Brothers of Charity– Raping Your Children Since 1883 !!
Cardinal Error: Brady Gets the Red Hat
Half God, Half Biscuit
Oh those feckin old bishops!

They Just Don’t Get It, Do They? __


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