Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Irish report reveals abuse, bishop's mismangement

The bad news connected with the abuse scandal goes on and on.

A judicial report, released July 13, 2011, into the handling of allegations of child sexual abuse against clerics in the Irish Diocese of Cloyne has concluded that the church's own guidelines were "not fully or consistently implemented" in the diocese as recently as 2008.
Cloyne Bishop John Magee admitted to what has been described as inappropriate behavior with a young man. It said the bishop embraced him, kissed him and told the young aspirant for the priesthood that he loved him.
The report found that Bishop Magee falsely told the government that his diocese was reporting all allegations of clerical child sexual abuse to the civil authorities. It also found that the bishop deliberately misled another inquiry and his own advisers by creating two different accounts -- one for the Vatican and the other for diocesan files -- of a meeting with a priest-suspect.
The report accuses the Vatican of being "entirely unhelpful" to bishops who wanted to fully implement the agreed guidelines.
See the full story from NCR here
and in the Irish press (Irish Examiner):

BISHOP John Magee last night stood accused of lying to the state over child protection procedures in the Cloyne Diocese, where he and his senior assistant failed a succession of victims of clerical sex abuse.

Read more: Irish Examiner

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