The Shame of Ireland
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.
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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