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 A meticulously maintained secret archive on abuse allegations against clerics in the Diocese of Cloyne is sure to be a major part of the (soon to be published) report into the diocese of Cloyne.


The archive apparently contains stunning data on abuse allegations dating over several years, related correspondence, clerical responses and the diocesan handling of the individual complaints. ....... And it seems the Gardai were completely unaware of the significant data in the file. Gardai have been investigating 10 separate abuse complaints against four clerics -- with the criminal probes now including material from the secret Cloyne archive. However, the Cloyne archive does not contain any documentation indicating that the Vatican was ever aware of the alarming clerical abuse issues in the diocese.

Bishop Magee

In other words, any correspondence between Cloyne and the Vatican has not been kept with this secret archive.

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Judge Murphy is chairwoman of the Dublin Archdiocese Commission of Investigation, which had been further charged with examining the Cloyne controversy is expected to report that the Cloyne Diocese "effectively left children in danger."

Six girls who alleged abuse by a named cleric in the 1970s and 1980s, at least one would likely have been spared abuse had the diocese acted properly as soon as the first complaints were received.

The diocese failed to volunteer information to gardai or alert detectives to the fact that previous abuse allegations had been levelled against a named cleric.

The diocese blatantly failed to ensure that one cleric, following the receipt of the first abuse allegation, was removed from all contact with children.

Three other women have since come forward with allegations against two other clerics.

The cleric at the centre of six abuse claims was assigned to at least two different parishes in Cloyne -- with one of the transfers apparently occurring after the receipt of an abuse complaint.

Anonymous source: "What is most astonishing is the level of detail the diocese kept in this (secret) archive. The records kept are very comprehensive and I know they have shocked a lot of the church child protection officials themselves now looking into this matter,"

The Diocese of Cloyne are giving a "no comment" on all this -as always!


Not commented on much - if at all - is that the ONLY body likely to be able to assess the scale of allegations in all 26 Irish dioceses on the island of Ireland - via five-yearly mandatory reports from each bishop - is the Vatican-based Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. UNSURPRISINGLY it declined to engage in substantial correspondence with the Murphy Commission during it's investigations - apart from telling the commission to politely eff-off.


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Comment by Rob Northall on August 5, 2011 at 10:48

Ombudsman likely to launch inquiry on foot of Cloyne report

Thursday, July 28, 2011

THE Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission (GSOC) is likely to launch a full investigation after examining the Murphy Commission report on Cloyne.

The Irish Examiner understands GSOC is in discussions with the Murphy Commission to clarify "procedural issues" regarding access to information held by the commission, including on the identities of gardaí criticised, and, in those cases, of the victims and priests.

This process is expected to be finalised within the next week. Once GSOC is satisfied it will have access to the information it needs, a formal investigation is expected to be launched.

It is thought GSOC will most likely pursue a "public interest" inquiry under Section 102.4 of the Garda Síochána Act 2005. This allows the commission to set up an inquiry without having received a complaint.

Under this section, the commission can investigate "any matter that appears to it to indicate that a member of the Garda Síochána may have committed an offence or behaved in a manner that would justify disciplinary proceedings".

Public interest inquiries are conducted by GSOC investigators and grant the officers full powers of investigation, including, if necessary, the power of arrest.

In the wake of the report of the Murphy Commission investigation into the Diocese of Cloyne, Justice Minister Alan Shatter referred the report to GSOC and asked it to examine it and take whatever action it deemed necessary. Since then, the commission has been examining it, particularly the four chapters where gardaí were criticised.

A spokesman for GSOC said: "We are continuing to examine the report and there are procedural issues that have to be ironed out."

He declined to say what they were. However, the Irish Examiner understands these relate to accessing information that may have been given in confidence.

GSOC has to identify all the gardaí criticised or implicated in the report. In addition, they may need to know the identities of some of the victims or even some priests.

This could arise if GSOC would need to interview a victim as part of their investigation into the behaviour of any garda.

It is thought that GSOC is co-ordinating their inquiries with gardaí, who are also examining the report with a view to possibly conducting investigations.

Meanwhile, gardaí told the Irish Examiner that "less than 10" calls have been made to a special phoneline set up by gardaí after the Cloyne report.

It is thought an initial assessment of the calls has not highlighted any potential criminal matters.

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Comment by Rob Northall on August 5, 2011 at 19:17

Nuncio to respond to Cloyne Report

— Archbishop Giuseppe Leanza set for meeting with Irish Foreign Minister Eamon Gilmore

THE Papal nuncio to Ireland is preparing to deliver a strong response to the Cloyne Report in the next few weeks, in answer to the Taoiseach Enda Kenny’s accusation the Vatican undermined child protection guidelines.

While the Vatican’s response was expected by the end of August, sources in Rome have suggested the reply may be sent before Pope Benedict XVI travels to Madrid for the World Youth Day celebrations, which run from August 16 to 23.

And, although he has been given a new assignment to the Czech Republic, Archbishop Giuseppe Leanza is expected to present the Vatican’s response to Foreign Minister Eamon Gilmore.

Vatican response

The news of the Vatican’s response follows a difficult period in Irish/Vatican relations after the release of the reports into the church’s handing of clerical abuse in Cloyne Diocese sparked an unprecedented attack by Mr Kenny on the Vatican and calls for the expulsion of the Apostolic nuncio.

The Vatican reply was initially scheduled for delivery this week but in the wake of the Taoiseach’s criticism and the recall to Rome of the Papal nuncio in Ireland, the Holy See decided more time was needed and a date before the end of the month was agreed.

In its response to the aftermath of the Cloyne Report the Vatican is expected to point out the weakness of Irish state monitoring of child abuse. And it will highlight that the Taoiseach’s comments failed to recognise the efforts of Pope Benedict XVI to ensure bishops comply with national laws.

The Irish Government will also be told that the seal of Confession is sacrosanct.

Local feeling

Archbishop Michael Neary of Tuam said last weekend that the clergy were as ‘angered and appalled’ as anyone by how the Church in Ireland has handled child sex abuse claims.

During the annual ‘Reek Sunday’ Mass on top of Croagh Patrick, County Mayo, he addressed the issues raised by the Cloyne Report and the reaction to it, and said that it was ‘understandable’ that practicing Catholics might feel discouraged recent events. However, the archbishop said that the annual Croagh Patrick mountain climb, traditionally performed by pilgrims in bare feet or on their knees, was a ‘very penitential exercise.’

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Sea also the Papal Nuncios Letter @


Comment by Rob Northall on August 5, 2011 at 19:26
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Comment by Rob Northall on August 20, 2011 at 12:46

Former Cloyne bishop returns to Ireland but hides from public eye

Magee stays at secret location as clamour grows for answers on report

Saturday August 20 2011

FORMER Bishop of Cloyne Dr John Magee was last night at a secret location after dramatically returning to Ireland.

His return sparked renewed demands for him to answer questions about the damning revelations of the Cloyne Report into how his former Cork diocese mishandled clerical child abuse allegations.

The Irish Independent can reveal that Dr Magee (74) has already visited his retirement property in Mitchelstown. The decision to return has been interpreted as an indication he may now be prepared to address the controversy.

However, he was not at the parochial house in the north-Cork town last night -- and sources said he is staying with friends.

The Newry-born cleric stayed at the house for a night earlier this week.

His return will intensify pressure on the former Vatican official to personally and publicly address key issues in the Cloyne Report. The Catholic Church refused to comment last night.

Church spokesman Martin Long said he had nothing further to add to earlier comments of Archbishop Dermot Clifford, who is now running the sprawling Cork diocese.

Archbishop Clifford comprehensively dealt with the report publication last month and said he understood that Dr Magee was abroad.

However, he warned that it would have been "helpful" if Dr Magee had personally faced the media.

A Cloyne diocesan spokesman yesterday said Dr Magee has not informed them about whatever future plans he may have.

Gardai have no plans to contact Dr Magee over the Cloyne Report.

Dr Magee left the parochial house several weeks before the publication of the report on July 13. The probe was damning of Dr Magee and his former Vicar-General Monsignor Denis O'Callaghan over how they mishandled abuse complaints involving 19 clerics over a 12-year period.

It found that Dr Magee was ineffective and criticised him for taking little real interest in implementing guidelines on child abuse despite the fact the church had signed up to them.

Local man Tom O'Shea said that Dr Magee owed it to the community to answer questions raised by the Cloyne probe.

- Ralph Riegel

Irish Independent

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Comment by Rob Northall on October 10, 2011 at 14:32
The Irish Times - Saturday, October 8, 2011

Cloyne priests say they were 'let down' by abusive minority


PRIESTS OF Cloyne diocese have expressed “anger and outrage” at findings in the Cloyne report published last July and particularly at the manner in which abuse allegations were handled by their former leadership team of Bishop John Magee and Msgr Denis O’Callaghan.

In a statement yesterday, issued on behalf of the Apostolic Administrator to Cloyne diocese, Archbishop Dermot Clifford of Cashel, the priests told a meeting earlier this week that “they felt badly let down and expressed great sympathy for the survivors of child sexual abuse who were so badly hurt by a minority of priests.”

A meeting of child safeguarding parish representatives in Cloyne is to take place Blarney, Co Cork, today. A large number of priests of the diocese are expected to attend, along with parishioners.

An extensive review of the child safeguarding measures that have taken place in the diocese is be a significant part of the meeting.

About 80 priests of the diocese attended the meeting last Tuesday, which was convened to discuss the Cloyne report.

Welcomed by Archbishop Clifford, they spent some time “discussing their reactions to the report when it was published and the reaction of the people, the impact on the Catholic Church in the diocese, and nationally, and how the mission of the church can be further implemented in the future,” the statement said.

Meanwhile, the High Court has ruled that redacted parts of the Cloyne report cannot be published before December 16th.

A chapter in the report was redacted before it was published on July 13th last, after the court was told that publication could prejudice ongoing criminal proceedings.

President of the High Court Mr Justice Nicholas Kearns said yesterday he had received an application from lawyers for the Minister for Justice to continue the redactions to December 16th.


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Comment by Rob Northall on March 23, 2012 at 13:27



Victims invited to church trial

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Letters are to be sent to abuse victims in the Diocese of Cloyne in the coming weeks asking if they would like to participate in a secret church trial that will hear evidence against a North Cork priest accused of 11 counts of abuse.

This canonical trial, which is likely to be held after Easter, could lead to the defrocking of the priest, known as Fr Ronat in the Cloyne Report.

Eight garda files against the priest were sent to the DPP’s office but he has never been convicted of sexual abuse in court. The complaints against him, and the diocese’s mishandling of them, constituted the largest chapter in Judge Yvonne Murphy’s report.

Archbishop of Cashel and Emly, Dr Dermot Clifford said Fr Ronat was suspended from all ministry in Cloyne in Nov 2005 and has not been allowed to minister to the public since. He was also told not to wear clerical dress or present himself as a priest.

Dr Clifford decided after Chapter 9 was published to reconvene the church trial which had begun in 2009 but was suspended, at the request of victims, when the former children’s minister, Barry Andrews, asked Judge Murphy to investigate the handling of abuse complaints in Cloyne.

A spokesman for the diocese said contact will be made with victims shortly.

The court will consist of two clerical canon lawyers and a notary. Fr Ronat will be represented by an advocate qualified in canon law. The complainants who allege he sexually abused them will also be invited to give evidence.

One of Fr Ronat’s victims, known as Fenella in the Murphy report, said: "I’m very interested to see how long we’ll be waiting for this to be completed. I can imagine he’ll be claiming to be sick again. This could take years but I will participate in anything which could lead to him being proved guilty or defrocked."



Comment by pauline jackson on March 23, 2012 at 21:47

where is the secret. whats this about. why doesnt he go to court like others since he is no longer a priest Why ask survivers to keep secrets. canon laws arent the sounds like a trap to me

.. the 4 courts was there to condemn us so why not him.if anyone keeps thier secrets thay are going back in time.

Comment by Geraldine Jackson on March 26, 2012 at 13:42

we survivors have been FORCED to keep the secret about the huge extent of abuse we all suffered in Industrial schools with THREATS.

Comment by jack colleton on March 27, 2012 at 8:31

it's the same old story (bibical) and those on top defecating on the people beneath them!

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