donderdag, december 31, 2009
VATICAN CITY, 30 DEC 2009 (VIS) - Pope Benedict XVI's general prayer intention for January 2010 is: "That young people may learn to use modern means of social communication for their personal growth and to better prepare themselves to serve society".
His mission intention is: "That every believer in Christ may be conscious that unity among all Christians is a condition for more effective proclamation of the Gospel".
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Lijkt me een buitengewoon belangrijke gebedsintentie.
Een pauselijke rondzendbrief ter instructie aan de bisschoppen lijkt me daarnaast zondermeer noodzakelijk.
Zodat dit soort geweld van een bischop ten opzichte van een 11 jarig kind verder niet meer voor kan komen.
God heeft tenslotte mensen nodig, kinderen volwassenen die hun verantwoordelijkheid nemen.
"Het nieuws heeft velen onder ons verrast, omdat de beschuldigingen onwaarschijnlijk lijken",
zei bisschop Mario Oliveri van Albenga-Imperia, het bisdom waarin Alassio ligt.
"Ik heb er het volste vertrouwen in dat hij zo snel mogelijk zijn gehele
onschuld zal aantonen in de feiten die hem aangewreven worden."
De door zijn aartsbisschop in alle openbaarheid gestelde vraag aan deze Mario Oliveri of hij niet helemaal goed snik is, en dat mag hij dan nog in keurige termen doen ook, zou daar al een aardig maar meer dan veel te laat beginnetje bij zijn!
woensdag, december 30, 2009
De veroordeelde is de 70-jarige Edgardo Storni. In 2002 werd hij door paus Johannes Paulus II ontslagen als aartsbisschop van Santa Fe na door verschillende personen van seksueel misbruik te zijn beschuldigd.
Storni is de vierde Argentijnse geestelijke die is veroordeeld voor een seksueel misdrijf. Hij hoeft waarschijnlijk vanwege zijn leeftijd niet naar de gevangenis, maar krijgt hij huisarrest.
Clergy abuse victims are calling on local church leaders and the Irish government to detail known connections between the clergy abuse scandals in the U.S. and Ireland.
"Bishops in Ireland, just like bishops here, have been moving accused priests around even though they know they are dangerous and putting them in populations where they can continue to offend. Unfortunately, the places where they put them include our own back yard," Terry Mckiernan, of bishopaccountability.org.
The Web site bishopaccountability.org, which was started at the height of Boston's clergy sex abuse scandal, now has a new section detailing Irish priests in the U.S. accused of sexual misconduct.
There are dozens of names listed, along with stories of abuse. But advocates have now written to the Irish prime minister, asking him to extend his investigation of child abuse.
The group also wants Cardinal Sean O'Malley to open church files and release any names of priests who moved to Boston after being accused of misconduct in Ireland.
BishopAccountability.org Irish Priests who have worked in the United States and are accused of sexual misconduct
The Catholic sexual abuse crises in the United States and Ireland are deeply connected. Priests who were trained in the Irish seminary system were crucial to the growth of the U.S. church. Many Irish-born priests, including one bishop, are sadly among the priests accused of abuse in the United States. Some priests who offended in Ireland were transferred to the United States, and priests accused of abuse in the United States have sometimes found shelter in Ireland.
Because of the manifold connections between the two churches and the two abuse crises, the Irish government reports on abuse in the Diocese of Ferns, in residential institutions, and in the Archdiocese of Dublin, are of great significance for the situation in the United States. This webpage, a joint effort by BishopAccountability.org and Mr. Joe Rigert, author of An Irish Tragedy, continues our effort to understand the Irish-American connection that we launched with
The photographs above illustrate Irish-born priests who are significant in this part of the crisis (clockwise from upper left): the Norbertine Brendan Smyth, who offended in both Northern Ireland and the Republic, and in both Providence RI and Fargo ND in the United States, and pleaded guilty to 96 counts of child molestation in 1997, after the Irish government fell over the mishandling of his case; Anthony O'Connell, bishop of Palm Beach FL and Knoxville TN, who molested boys at a seminary he ran in Jefferson City MO, and who resigned his bishopric when his many victims began to come forward in 2002; Oliver O'Grady pictured back in Ireland, whence he was deported after he served prison time in California, where he is alleged to have abused as many as 50 boys and girls; and Patrick Colleary, now residing in Ireland after he was indicted for abuse in Phoenix AZ and fled the country. A request for his extradition was denied.
Hugh Behan , Terence Burke , Patrick Callanan, Michael J. Carroll, Michael Cashman , Paul Cleary, Patrick Colleary, Donal Collins, Patrick Cotter , Sean Cronin, Manus Daly , Thomas English, Matthew Fitzgerald, Frank Flynn, John Flynn , George Foley, Robert Foley, Thomas Foudy, George Michael Gallagher, Michael Garry , Denis Ginty , Patrick Gleeson, James Grimes, Roderic M. Guerrini , Bernard Hanley, Michael Higgins, John Howlett , Michael Anthony Hunt, John Joseph Hurley , Patrick Keane , Patrick Kelly , Michael Kenny , Michael Ledwith , John Lenihan , Bernard Lynch , Patrick Lynch , Eugene MacSweeney, Paul Madden , Francis Magee , Joseph Maguire , Francis Markey , Peter McBride , William McCarthy , Edward McGrath , Paul McHugh , Edward McLoughlin , Patrick Desmond McMahon , Sean McMahon , Thomas McNamara , Patrick McNulty , Andrew Millar Dennis Murphy Patrick L. Nicholson , Charles O'Carroll , Anthony O'Connell , Donal P.O'Connor , James O'Connor , Patrick O'Dwyer , Oliver O'Grady , Patrick O'Keeffe , Patrick O'Leary , James O'Malley , Patrick O'Neill , Patrick Reilly , James Reilly , Andrew Ronan , Augustine Sheehan , Michael Simpson , Brendan Smyth , Patrick Walsh
dinsdag, december 29, 2009
The Law of Silence
Blind, deaf and dumb am I
I am one of the society
That is a clenched fist
And that rules the land
The man who speaks too much
Will never have it easy
But whoever is deaf and blind and mute
Will live in peace for a hundred years
Applause rings out for Walsh during Mass
By Gordon Deegan
Monday December 28 2009
zondag, december 27, 2009
"As you can see, I'm not exactly young. One of the benefits of not being young is that you are permitted to repeat yourself, and so if you have heard this story before, be nice to an old decrepit man and laugh."
Uit: Neurenberg of collectief geheugenverlies? Een derde weg.
mogen mensen die gruweldaden op hun geweten hebben amnestie krijgen?
Hebben de tallozen slachtoffers van de Apartheid geen recht op vergelding?
Tutu:Ubuntu is erg moeilijk uit te leggen in een westerse taal. Het draait om het wezen van het mens-zijn.
zaterdag, december 26, 2009
It would be foolish for me to say that this is for me the happiest Christmas that I have experienced in my life or to say that this is the happiest Christmas for many in this Archdiocese of Dublin.
Homily notes and Message of
Most Rev. Diarmuid Martin
Dublin, Primate of Ireland
Pro-Cathedral, 24th December 2008
It has been a painful year for the diocese as it undergoes the tough process of looking at a period of its recent past. The diocese failed its most vulnerable members. The Archdiocese failed to recognise what was to be done. A false sense of protection of the Church resulted at times in decisions being made and at other times in decisions not being made which resulted in more children being abused. The interests of the ordained were given priority over the needs of the baptised.
It has been a painful year. But the Church today may well be a better and safer place than was the Church of twenty five years ago when all looked well but where deep shadows were kept burried.
The Church in Dublin is called to conversion and to renewal. The origins of the past failings spring in a special way from a false understanding of the Church. They spring from a false understanding of the place of the priest in the Church and from a totally impoverished understanding of the Church as a community of the baptised.
Paradoxically, such a false understanding of the place of the ordained priesthood in the Church has damaged priests. Many survivors of abuse and their families not only had a better understanding of the nature of abuse and its disastrous effects than did the experts of the Church and science. They also had a better understanding of the role and importance of the priest and the vocation of priests to be Christlike in a special way. Survivors turned to a priest sincerely and with idealism and they were met by betrayal of priesthood through abuse or distortion of the priesthood though lack of the care they had a right to receive.
There are great priests in this diocese. They too feel betrayed. Many feel that I have not defended them enough and not supported them adequately at this moment. If I have failed them, from this Mother Church of the Archdiocese I ask their pardon. I recognise their dedication and I am sure that the people of the diocese do too.
Similarly from this Mother Church of the Archdiocese I repeat my words to survivors: “no words of apology will ever be enough for the hurt caused and the way your hurt was brushed aside”.
How does the Church renew itself? Renewal must begin from honestly and brutally recognising what happened in the past. There can be no glossing over the past. Renewal must begin with accepting responsibility for the past. Criminal behaviour must be investigated and pursued. Gross failures in management must be remedied in a transparent way. Current practice must be effectively monitored. Anachronisms left over from past history must be replaced.
But there must be a Church answer to Church problems. What are the Church’s mechanisms of renewal? They must begin by turning again to the word of God. God reveals himself in Jesus as the Word, the concrete expression of who God is. That is the revelation and the message of Christmas. The Jesus whom we recognise and celebrate and ponder in mystery this evening indicates the way towards renewal. His birth to the Virgin Mary was an act of God alone, not due to any human power except the humble acceptance by Mary of God’s design.
Mary knew, pondered on and reflected on the word of God revealed in the scriptures. Her Magnificat is a hymn to what the power of God can do to those who accept his word in lowliness. The power of God can never be revealed through arrogance or power. The Church in Ireland if it wants to renew itself must become a Church in which the word of God is day by day pondered on, in the spirit of revelation itself. We cannot find communion with God only though human experience. God transcends our experience but not in the sense in which the Gods of the ancient pagans became a distant fearful God’s to be found in the harshness and brute force of nature. The Christian God is a God who is other, but who comes towards us and meets us in a way that is always surprising, just as we celebrate here this evening of a God who reveals himself surprisingly in the human powerlessness of an infant. The Christmas story is not a fairy tale. It is a fundamental lesson about who God is and about what humanity is.
Jesus is the Word of God. God reveals himself in communication. God comes out to meet us and invites us to respond in communication, in prayer. Prayer is a second key to renewal. The Church is not just a club of the like-minded. It is not a movement for social reform. It is a community of believers who day after day place themselves humbly before God, recognising his otherness and recognising that the values of our lives must be values that we do not create on our own. Prayer ensures and guarantees that our communication is with God and not with our own interests or desires or personal needs.
The Church’s renewal must pass along the path of rejection of attachment to human power. This is not to say that the Church should vanish from the public square. If the Church follows the path of renewal through abandonment to the demands of God as revealed in Jesus Christ then – but only then - will the Church be strong and will the Church renew itself and allow the message of Jesus, who reveals God’s love, to break into society as a true force for good. As always that message will surprise us and will surprise society. Throughout human history God’s people have been unfaithful, but God’s fidelity to his people has remained and is renewed generation after generation.
In terms of the culture of the day, the humble birth of Jesus did not augur well for a great future. Indeed, Jesus’ life itself was contrary to the cultural mores and values of his time. His entire life was considered by many to be a failure, yet the Spirit was with him and was and is with the community of his followers who throughout the generations followed his path of death to self in order to rise authentically to self. Self is realised through selflessness,
This has not been a good year for the Church. But even saying that can be a bowing to a false reading of reality or even worse a form of self-pity and not allowing the force of renewal which comes from the Spirit of Jesus to change and renew us today as the Spirit has done and will do at any time in the history of the Church.
Christmas transforms! It visibly transforms by bringing the best out of us, through the ability to mend broken relationships, to be caring, to see how simplicity can produce a greater impact than extravagance and exaggeration. Christmas is a time when each of us realises once again that it is often the simplest gift which has the greatest effect. The joy that our self-giving to others can bring greater satisfaction than filing ourselves not just with food but with worthlessness and emptiness. Just the expression of simple happiness in the face of our children makes Christmas worthwhile.
We need to renew our understanding of Christmas and make Christmas simpler and allow that simplicity which springs from the birth of Jesus become the path for our lives and for our Church.
My prayer this evening is that those who suffered and who today survive in pain will tonight receive some of that light from the God who reveals himself to us as child. I pray for the same light for those who have suffered from the current economic crisis; I pray for those who are hurt and wounded in their hearts.
May the light of the Christ-child be with them and with all of us.
We, Bishop Eamonn Walsh and Bishop Raymond Field, have this evening informed Archbishop Diarmuid Martin that we are offering our resignation to His Holiness, Pope Benedict XVI, as Auxiliary Bishops to the Archbishop of Dublin. As we celebrate the Feast of Christmas, the Birth of our Saviour, the Prince of Peace, it is our hope that our action may help to bring the peace and reconciliation of Jesus Christ to the victims/survivors of child sexual abuse. We again apologise to them.
Our thoughts and prayers are with those who have so bravely spoken out and those who continue to suffer in silence.
We will not be saying anything further at this time.
Signed: Bishop Eamonn Walsh.
Bishop Raymond Field.
Friday, December 25, 2009, 18:43
Dublin's remaining two auxiliary bishops are to step down in the wake of the Murphy report into the handling of child abuse complaints in the Dublin Archdiocese.
The resignations of Bishop Éamonn Walsh and Bishop Raymond Field were announced late last night, bringing to four the number of bishops who have stepped down over the report.
"It is our hope that our action may help to bring the peace and reconciliation of Jesus Christ to the victims/survivors of child sexual abuse. We again apologise to them," they said in a statement.
Speaking on RTÉ Radio this afternoon, Archbishop of Dublin Dr Diarmuid Martin said he respected the bishops' offer of resignation.
Last week, Bishop Walsh said he had done nothing wrong in his handling of clerical child sex abuse cases and his resignation would be an "injustice".
Speaking after a Council of Priests' meeting in Dublin on Friday, Bishop Walsh said he would step down if he became "a block on the gospel".
"People may attribute a wrong to me unjustly and people have been unjustly treated in the past. And if that happens again then I will have to be the person to accept that injustice but it’s not a thing I want to do," he said.
"From my own point of view if I find that my position is such that I’m going to be a block to the gospel then I cannot be a block. So I will have to make sure that I maintain my integrity."
The two were among five bishops named in the Murphy report.
Bishop of Kildare and Leighlin James Moriarty said on Wednesday that he had offered his resignation to Pope Benedict, which put further pressure on other serving bishops also mentioned in the report to do likewise.
The fifth bishop, the Bishop of Galway Martin Drennan, has so far resisted calls for him to step down.
Bishop of Limerick Donal Murray resigned earlier this month.
Bishop Walsh, was appointed in April 1990, over a year before Bishop Moriarty was appointed a Dublin auxiliary bishop in September 1991.
Both Bishop Drennan and Bishop Field were appointed auxiliary bishops in Dublin on September 21st, 1997. Bishop Drennan was appointed Bishop of Galway in May 2005.
Dublin north central Labour councillor Aodhan O Riordain welcomed the statement.
'The timing of the announcement is open to question, but the resignations are welcome nonetheless. It is now time for a full and frank debate about the relationship between the church and state institutions in Ireland, especially education. As a principal of a Catholic school, I feel we can hide from that debate no longer," he said.
On Wednesday night, Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin issued a statement in response to a letter sent by Bishop Walsh to all priests in his area of the Dublin archdiocese in which he said Archbishop Martin had expressed full confidence in his auxiliary bishops, following publication of the Murphy report.
It is claimed Archbishop Martin did so at a meeting with clergy of the archdiocese at Citywest on December 12th last following the meeting with Pope Benedict he and Cardinal Brady had on Friday, December 11th.
A spokeswoman for the archbishop said he wished “to clarify that when asked at the Citywest gathering of priests if he had confidence in his priests and auxiliary bishops, he replied that he had confidence in the ministry they were carrying out”.
She continued “he clearly noted, however, that with regard to the auxiliary bishops, he is still evaluating their positions regarding the manner in which they addressed the question of accountability for the implications of the Murphy report”.
She continued: “Archbishop Martin does not believe that anyone could interpret his comments as giving unconditional support and he has, indeed, received critical comments for his not offering such support.”
vrijdag, december 25, 2009
BBC: geloofscrisis in Donegal, Ierland; bishop "not sure" if more resignations would "contribute in any great way towards healing".
'Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house
Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse ..."
A Donegal pensioner has received an unexpected Christmas surprise after he uncovered letters he and his sisters sent to Santa almost 70 years ago.
Workmen replacing the chimney at Neil Doherty's family home in Buncrana discovered the letters stuck in the flue.
He was only five years of age when his sister Mona wrote the letter to Santa for him in 1941.
"My younger sister was three and I was five, and my older sister was nine.
"What strikes me now is the simplicity of it all.
"We started all the letters off with, 'Dear Santa, Would you please send some of these toys...'
donderdag, december 24, 2009
24 december 2009
ANALYSIS: A drip, drip of episcopal resignations is adding to the difficulties for survivors of abuse and for the Catholic faithful, writes PATSY McGARRY
ONE TELLING line in Bishop Jim Moriarty’s statement yesterday will have made it extraordinarily difficult for fellow bishops and others mentioned in the Murphy report to stay on in office.
He said: “I accept that, from the time I became an auxiliary bishop, I should have challenged the prevailing culture.” It is the kernel of the issue where all in positions of authority in the archdiocese between January 1st, 1975 and April 30th, 2004 are concerned.
Bishops Éamonn Walsh, Ray Field and Martin Drennan must by now have reached the same conclusion as Bishop Jim Moriarty and Bishop Donal Murray.
While serving as auxiliary bishops in Dublin over the almost 30-year period investigated by the Murphy commission, they should have challenged the prevailing culture of cover-up in the archdiocese where clerical child sex abuse was concerned. They did not.
But Bishop Moriarty went further yesterday. He said: “The Murphy report covers far more than what individual bishops did or did not do. Fundamentally it is about how the leadership of the archdiocese failed over many decades to respond properly to criminal acts against children.”
He could hardly have stated it more clearly or accurately. And while, like the four other serving bishops and others named in the Murphy report, it took him some time to arrive at that point, his action yesterday was not without grace. “I hope it honours the truth that the survivors have so bravely uncovered and opens the way to a better future for all concerned,” he said.
It was a noble sentiment and a welcome acknowledgment of and tribute to the people at the very centre of this calamity – the brave men and women who persisted through years of pain, personal trauma and widespread disbelief to bring out their awful truth.
It serves no one that this agony be prolonged. A drip, drip of episcopal resignations piles on the pressure for survivors, for the Catholic faithful, for fellow bishops and priests, and for the church itself.
Ideally, all men in positions of authority in the church mentioned in the Murphy report should have sorted out their consciences on the matter by the date of publication, November 26th last, and resigned en masse then. At the least, they would have retained some dignity by doing so. They also had the time to arrive at the state of mind which would have allowed them stand down then.
Each had seen excerpts of the report relevant to themselves many months ago, at its draft stage. It was their entitlement in order to check on errors of fact. Each would, most likely, have become immediately alert to the implications for their own positions following publication of the report.
Each would have been aware of the uncompromising stance by Archbishop Diarmuid Martin on the issue of clerical child sex abuse and could hardly have been surprised by his trenchantly expressed views on the December 1st edition of Prime Time.
Despite this, they hung on. Three bishops still hang on. They must realise, as does almost everyone who has been observing events this past month, that they have been badly damaged by close association with a regime which covered up the rape of children.
Where each of those men individually is concerned, that association does not nearly convey the entire picture, but their involvement, even if it amounted to no more than not shouting stop, means they are tainted by that association. They have to stand down. Otherwise their beloved church simply cannot move on. Nor can survivors, the faithful, or Irish Catholicism.
By staying on, they will remain an obstacle to advancement and a focus of distraction, not just for what some clergy like to refer to disparagingly as “the media circus”, but where the institution itself is concerned. Does anyone really believe otherwise?
Bishops Walsh, Field and Drennan are not the only holders of office in the Dublin archdiocese who are in such a predicament. So too is the chancellor Msgr John Dolan and his predecessor Msgr Alex Stenson, currently parish priest in Killester.
Let us remind ourselves why they are in that position. Let us recall the stark findings of the Murphy report where church authorities in the Dublin archdiocese were concerned and of which all these men were a part up to April 30th, 2004. It helps concentrate minds.
The report stated: “The commission has no doubt that clerical child sexual abuse was covered up by the Archdiocese of Dublin and other church authorities over much of the period covered by the commission’s remit. The structures and rules of the Catholic Church facilitated that cover-up . . .
“The welfare of children, which should have been the first priority, was not even a factor to be considered in the early stages. Instead, the focus was on the avoidance of scandal and the preservation of the good name, status and assets of the institution and of what the institution regarded as its most important members – the priests.”
It is indefensible.
Wat jammer eigenlijk dat ik nu waarschijnlijk nooit zal weten of Schillebeekx met zijn opmerkingen over rooms-katholieken en het geloof in konijnepootjes ook dit soort berichtgeving bedoelde.
Wat het in ieder geval wél is, is één van die vele precies-naast-het-doel-geschoten berichtgeving waarmee het rk kerkhof nederland overwoekerd lijkt te zijn dankzij de de kennelijke aversie tegen goed nieuws.
Wat het óók is is domme minachting voor wat er in Ierland (en elders) gebeurt en dus gebeurt is.
Wat mij betreft een van de redenen van dat nederlandse kerkhof, maar daar had één van die andere opperhoofden uit RK Nijmegen toen hij het had over geestelijke luiheid het misschien ook al wel over.
Het Murphy-rapport, Diarmuid Martin én Mgr. Moriarty ook.
Overlevers ervan, vroegere slachtoffers van dat kerkelijk misbruik ook!
Jammer dat zo'n Joost Middelhof (c.s.) de mogelijkheid zal ontberen die Moriarty van Diarmuid Martin cs.kreeg: en nu denk je na of ik laat je er met behulp van Rome uitschoppen.
Sneu. Beroerd voor de slachtoffers van kerkelijk misbruik, beroerd voor die RKK, en beroerd voor de man. Zijn verontschuldigingen - klok die niet weet waar de klepel hing - zouden in ieder geval tegenover die gelovige Ier(en) meer dan terecht zijn.
En wat dít ook is?
Mijn woede over dit soort geschrijf.
Dat is, inmiddels heel duur voldoende aangetoond niet eens het werk (meer) van een poelier maar van een destructiebedrijf: meer dan genoeg geweest.
Mijn instemming met en respect voor Mgr. Muriarty. Mijn woede, maar ook mijn opluchting én mijn blijdschap en jaloezie. Niet-stinkende jaloezie!
Over mijzelf en wat ik vond en kreeg van die Ieren in dat krankzinnige schaakspel van gelovigen, waaronder Mgr. Muriarty en zijn verklaring van vandaag, de zwijgende Benedictus inclusief.
En die konijnenpootjes van Schillebeekx!
Op de site van het binnenkort voormalige bisdom van Mgr. Moriarty staat niet: "...want het ik had het hok toch goed dichtgedaan..." maar Openb. 3 :8.
"...the Murphy report covers far more than what individual Bishops did or did not do. Fundamentally it is about how the leadership of the Archdiocese failed
over many decades to respond properly to criminal acts against
I should have challenged the prevailing culture.
I hope it honours the truth that the survivors have so bravely uncovered and opens the way to a better future for all concerned. "
Idee onder dankzegging met toestemming , gejat van smulweb:
Slagroom stijf kloppen en de twee delen van (veel) bokkepootjes voorzichtig van elkaar halen.
De taartbodem bestrijken met een goede laag advocaat (zelf gemaakt is het lekkerst) Daarna de helft van de slagroom eroverheen strijken. De halve bokkepoten dicht tegen elkaar leggen, langs de rand beginnen; kruimels bewaren voor bovenop. Strijk vervolgens de andere helft van de slagroom over de taart, werk af met de kruimels en een kers.
Tip: zonder kers maar met een eitje erop ook geschikt voor Pasen.
DUBLIN (RKnieuws.net) - De bisschop van Kildare en Leighlin, Mgr. James Moriarty, is de tweede Ierse bisschop, die vanwege het seksuele misbruikschandaal zijn ontslag aan paus Benedictus XVI heeft aangeboden.
Vorige week trad om dezelfde reden de bisschop van Limerick, Mgr. Donal Murray, terug. Hem werd als hulpbisschop van Dublin verweten niets te hebben gedaan met klachten over een priester, die van seksueel misbruik van kinderen werd beschuldigd.
Op 26 november jl. publiceerde het Ierse Ministerie van Justitie het zogenoemde Murphy- rapport over seksueel misbruik van kinderen door geestelijken in het aartsbisdom Dublin in de periode 1975-2004. In het rapport wordt geconstateerd dat het misbruik door de kerkleiding stelselmatig in de doofpot werd gestopt.
Onvoldoende gedaan met klachten
Bisschop Moriarty verklaarde eerder deze week nog, dat hij geen ontslag zou nemen. Hij was van 1991 tot 2002 hulpbisschop van het aartsbisdom Dublin. Ook hij zou onvoldoende hebben gedaan met klachten over een priester, die kinderen seksueel misbruikte.
“Ik weet dat iedere stap die ik nu onderneem het lijden van de betrokkenen niet weg kan nemen. Ik bied mijn excuses aan de slachtoffers en hun families. Ik hoop met deze stap de waarheid te dienen, die de slachtoffers zo dapper aan het licht hebben gebracht en de weg zal openen naar een betere toekomst voor hen. Daarom heb ik vandaag mijn ontslag bij de paus ingediend”, aldus bisschop Moriarty woensdag in een verklaring.
woensdag, december 23, 2009
Bishop Jim Moriarty has announced that he has offered his resignation as Bishop of Kildare & Leighlin
On the Sunday after the ‘Murphy Report’ into the Archdiocese of Dublin was published (29th November 2009), I stated the following in Carlow Cathedral;
“As you are aware, I served as an Auxiliary Bishop in the Archdiocese of Dublin
from 1991 until my appointment here in 2002. While the Murphy Report does not
criticise me directly, I feel it is important to state that I fully accept the
overall conclusion of the Commission – that the attempts by Church authorities
to ‘protect the Church’ and to ‘avoid scandal’ had the most dreadful
consequences for children and were deeply wrong.”
I do not want to dwell here on individual criticism as I have already responded to that. As I acknowledged in radio interviews last week, the Murphy report covers far more than what individual Bishops did or did not do. Fundamentally it is about how the leadership of the Archdiocese failed over many decades to respond properly to criminal acts against children.
Over the last few weeks, I have been reflecting on what should be my response to the overall conclusion of the Murphy report – particularly because I was part of the governance of the Archdiocese prior to when correct child protection policies and procedures were implemented.
It does not serve the truth to overstate my responsibility and authority within the Archdiocese. Nor does it serve the truth to overlook the fact that the system of management and communications was seriously flawed. However, with the benefit of hindsight, I accept that, from the time I became an Auxiliary Bishop, I should have challenged the prevailing culture.
I know that any action now on my part does not take away the suffering that people have endured. I again apologise to all the survivors and their families. I have today offered my resignation as Bishop of Kildare & Leighlin to the Holy Father. I hope it honours the truth that the survivors have so bravely uncovered and opens the way to a better future for all concerned.
I will endeavour to continue to do my best, as I have throughout my 48 years of ministry, to share Christ’s light and hope for the world. We are about to celebrate Christmas, a time when we welcome Christ as the ‘light that darkness could not overpower’. It is this truth that leads us forward. Christ is our Light.
May the blessing, the grace and the peace of Christmas be with us all.
Bishop Moriarty will not be making further comment today.
Bishop of Kildare and Leighlin James Moriarty will explain that he is stepping down as head of the diocese in order to give the priests and lay people a fresh start for 2010.
The decision of Bishop Moriarty, a former Dublin auxiliary under Cardinal Desmond Connell, comes six days after Bishop of Limerick Donal Murray's resignation was accepted by Pope Benedict XVI.
Dr Murray stepped aside over his "inexcusable" failings when investigating complaints against notorious paedophile priest Fr Thomas Naughton when he too was an auxiliary bishop in Dublin.
This dramatic second resignation will intensify pressure on two existing Dublin auxiliaries, Eamonn Walsh and Ray Field, to quit as well even though both have told Archbishop Diarmuid Martin that they did no wrong and that it would be a miscarriage of justice for them to resign or be fired.
A fifth former Dublin auxiliary now at risk of losing high office is the Bishop of Galway, Martin Drennan, who until now has put up fierce resistance to going on the grounds that he too did no wrong.
He has also strongly criticised Archbishop Martin's impassioned plea for him to accept collective responsibility for the cover-ups as questioning his personal integrity.
A sixth former Dublin auxiliary, Dermot O'Mahony, who is in retirement, resigned from the presidency of a body which organises annual trips to Lourdes for the disabled and has been ordered by Archbishop Martin not to administer Confirmation to children next spring.
Last night four informed sources in Dublin and Kildare separately said that "Bishop Moriarty will resign tomorrow in order to give his diocese a fresh start for 2010".
One source suggested that over the weekend Bishop Moriarty (73) decided after intense consultations with trusted colleagues and friends at his residence in Carlow that he would go quickly.
An announcement of acceptance of his resignation by Pope Benedict could come as early as midday today, Rome time.
Other sources, however, questioned this timescale and suggested that Bishop Moriarty plans to say today that he has offered his resignation to the Holy Father.
At the time, he said, “social workers, health boards and the diocese were trying to reform and eventually close down the institutions . . . Consensus soon emerged that the best – and indeed the only – option for Artane would be to close it down, which happened in 1969.”
He was responding to queries prompted by remarks he made in an article published in The Irish Times on May 25th.
There he wrote: “The Ryan report shocked me. But it did not totally surprise me. I was ordained 40 years ago today... bron
We did what we were told.
We were happy, obedient.
We had come through much.
We knew our place.
Our children beaten,
In the homes
They lived in fear of; by Mothers,
By the Brothers.
But we did what we were told.
We were obedient, clean.
Slow to thoughts of vengeance,
Uneasy saying anything.
In that house next door,
The child was beaten daily.
We saw him -- little tyke --
On his way to the school.
A bruise shaped like Ireland
On his eight-year-old face.
The reasons weren't clear.
Didn't like to interfere.
So we did what we were told.
And so many of us
Had been abused in our time.
So really we were frightened
There might be something to say.
So we did what we were told
And looked the other way.
And life was holy then.
In the sanctity of the slum.
Just a clip on the ear.
A punishment beating.
Oh, you'd leave your door open
In the good old days,
Before new-fangled talk
Of rights, and victims.
And we looked where they pointed.
Never did us any harm.
Way it was in those days.
It never did us
Any harm at all.
But now we find it frightening.
I know -- we know --
Who that tortured child was.
I heard nothing. Nothing.
Just the leaves as they fell
And the Angelus bell.
And they hid in the open.
We did what we were told.
schreef Joseph O'Connor, bijna
Kerst 2009 In loving Memory of Michael "Mickey" Flanagan Abuse victim's brother stages clerical protest. Whammmm recht voor zijn raap!
Wednesday, December 23, 2009
The brother of an abuse victim is to stage a Christmas Eve protest outside the Pro-Cathedral tomorrow calling for criminal charges to be brought against clergy members who withheld information on child abuse, writes .
Kevin Flanagan, from Ballymun, who has been on hunger strike outside the GPO for seven days, described the support he has received from the public as “absolutely overwhelming”.
He is protesting on behalf of his brother Mickey Flanagan, who was sent to the Artane Industrial School in 1952 for housebreaking, aged 11. The case sparked a Dáil debate in 1954 when his arm was broken at the school. Mr Flanagan claims abuse his brother suffered at the school affected him all his life. He suffered depression and alcoholism until his death in 1998, aged 61.
dinsdag, december 22, 2009
December 22, 2009, 17:13PATSY MCGARRY, Religious Affairs Correspondent
One of Ireland’s leading child abuse campaigners has issued an open letter calling on Pope Benedict to visit Ireland and spend seven days in repentance here.
Christine Buckley, of the Aislinn Centre in Dublin said he should do so also to assist Archbishop Diarmuid Martin in a “major spring-cleaning” of the Irish Catholic church.
While he is here, Pope Benedict should invite abuse survivors to tell him directly “their harrowing tales in the presence of those responsible for their suffering or the leaders of those organisations that were responsible,” said Ms Buckley, who spent time as a child in the Goldenbridge orphanage in Inchicore
“I am utterly dismayed at your apparently apathetic approach to heinous acts of depravity perpetrated on children by priests, nuns, Christian Brothers and members of other religious orders as outlined in the Ryan and Murphy reports and covered up by Cardinal Desmond Connell and the bishops mentioned in the Murphy report,” she said in her letter.
“Following the Ryan report you met Cardinal Brady and Archbishop Diarmuid Martin for 30 minutes,” she said. “In God’s name Pontiff what aspects of that five-volume report did you have time to discuss given the brevity of that meeting?”
She said the former Bishop of Limerick Donal Murray wasn’t so privileged. “He travelled to Rome to hand in his letter of resignation. He never laid eyes on you; instead he had to wait seven days to meet your stand-in- the Protector of the Faith, Cardinal Re.”
That, she felt illustrated three things.
“Not alone are you detached from the laity but you are equally detached from your religious leaders who govern in your name. It reaffirms what we have known for a long time – that the protection of Church assets is paramount over the slaughtering and raping of children by the holy men and women.
“Is it any wonder that Cardinal Desmond Connell behaved in such a flawed manner?” she asked. “How could such a man advise archbishops, bishops, priests, Christian Brothers and nuns when there was no moral leadership from Rome?”
Cardinal Connell, she said, should have no further involvement in church matters here or in Rome and that “all bishops mentioned in the Murphy report should have stood down on the day the report was published”.
Addressing the Pontiff directly, she said: “Pope Benedict it is time that you came to Ireland . It is time that you listened to the pain of all victims of abuse. In addition you have a responsibility to the laity. Many feel betrayed and confused particularly those who have worked tirelessly and voluntarily for the good of the Church.
“Just as we as children slaved in institutions to produce wealth for the religious orders, so too did many laity who raised millions of euros over the years to swell the coffers of the Catholic Church and spread its influence around the world
“Now you should spend seven-day repentance here – that is the time that the former Bishop Donal Murray had to wait to meet the Protector-of-the-Faith, Cardinal Re.”
She said Benedict had sent Dr Martin back to Ireland to clean up the church image. “Now it’s time, Pope Benedict, that you also came to assist in this major spring-cleaning. Come to Dublin and Armagh and invite survivors to tell you directly their harrowing tales in the presence of those responsible for their suffering or the leaders of those organisations that were responsible.
“This is the least you should do Pontiff. Donal Murray’s resignation has at last shown that bishops are beginning to see some sense of accountability. Now our young people and others in positions of responsibility need to see that this accountability goes all the way to the top.”
She concluded by saying she awaited the Pope’s response.
By Staff reporter
A RETIRED garda, who investigated one of the country's most notorious paedophile priests, has called for a commission of investigation into the Raphoe Diocese to be established as a matter of urgency.
Martin Ridge said a commission would finally uncover the extent of the damage perpetrated by former priest, Eugene Greene, who was moved between eight different parishes over a 30-year period before finally being convicted in 2000.
He was sentenced to 12 years' imprisonment after pleading guilty to 41 sample charges against 26 victims, some as young as seven and many of whom were altar boys.
"We need a similar commission of investigation here. Why should the people of Dublin or Ferns be more important than the people of Raphoe," said Mr Ridge.
The Bishop of Raphoe, Dr Philip Boyce, who previously admitted there had been "rumours" about Eugene Greene when he took up office in 1995, said recently he would welcome a commission going into the Raphoe diocese.
"I would welcome anything that would help in any way to protect children," he told Highland Radio.
His horrific crimes came to light only after he approached gardai complaining that someone was attempting to blackmail him
maandag, december 21, 2009
This morning the Secretariat of State of the Holy See ordered the publication of the following declaration concerning the protection of the figure of the Pope:
"Recent years have witnessed a great increase of affection and esteem for the person of the Holy Father. There has also been a desire to use the Pope's name in the title of universities, schools or cultural institutions, as well as associations, foundations and other groups.
"In light of this fact, the Holy See hereby declares that it alone has the right to ensure the respect due to the Successors of Peter, and, therefore, to protect the figure and personal identity of the Pope from the unauthorised use of his name and/or the papal coat of arms for ends and activities which have little or nothing to do with the Catholic Church. Occasionally, in fact, attempts have been made to attribute credibility and authority to initiatives by using ecclesiastical or papal symbols and logos.
"Consequently, the use of anything referring directly to the person or office of the Supreme Pontiff (his name, his picture or his coat of arms), and/or the use of the title 'Pontifical', must receive previous and express authorisation from the Holy See".
.../PROTECTION FIGURE POPE/... VIS 091221 (230)
By Vincent Browne
The Post.IE The Sunday Business Post On Line
In 1922, the Vatican promulgated an instruction to do with what it called crimen solicitationis (the crime of solicitation within the confessional) and what it called the ‘‘worst crime’’ - the sexual abuse of children. The document was issued in Latin. No authoritative version was produced in English.
The document was circulated only to bishops and under terms of strict secrecy.
A new version of the guidelines was produced in 1962, but this, according to the Murphy Commission, was unknown within the Dublin diocese until some time in the 1990s.
Desmond Connell, the former archbishop, told the commission he had never seen the 1962 document, nor had he met anyone who had seen it.
John Dolan, the chancellor of the diocese and a monsignor, whose job is to ensure that the administrative records of the diocese are kept safe, said he didn’t know that ‘‘lurking in the very end, at the very back [of the decree crimen solicitationis], was a little paragraph on the ‘‘worst crime’’.
He was unaware of the 1962 document until an Australian bishop discovered towards the end of the 1990s that it was still valid. Until then, he did not know of any guidelines by the Vatican on the issue of clerical child sexual abuse.
The Murphy Commission commented on how ‘‘unusual’’ it was, ‘‘whereby a document setting out the procedure for dealing with clerical child sexual abuse was in existence but virtually no one knew about it or used it’’.
In 1996, victims of clerical abuse hounded the bishops into devising a ‘framework document’, setting out guidelines for dealing with allegations of abuse. John Dolan said: ‘‘They [the authors of the framework document] did not feel Rome was supporting them in dealing with this issue ... they were meeting an onslaught of complaints, and Rome was pulling any particular solid ground that they had from under them’’.
The 1922 and 1962 Vatican instructions on dealing with allegations of clerical child sex abuse demanded absolute secrecy in the conduct of investigations. T he secrecy was so pervasive that, to some, it seemed to demand that the complaint also be kept secret from the state authorities.
Cannon 1341 states that the bishop is to ‘‘start a judicial administrative procedure, for the imposition or the declaration of penalties, only when he perceives that neither by fraternal correction nor reproof, nor by any methods of pastoral care, can the scandal be sufficiently repaired, justice restored, and the offender reformed’’.
The Murphy Commission notes: ‘‘This canon was interpreted to mean that bishops are required to attempt to reform the abusers in the first place." In Dublin, efforts were made to reform abusing priests by sending them to therapeutic centres. But, according to the commission, ‘‘the archdiocese seems to have been reluctant to go beyond the reform process, even when it was abundantly clear that the reform process had failed’’.
But, more tellingly, the commission stated they ‘‘could find very little evidence, particularly in the early decades of the commission’s remit, of any attempt by church authorities to restore justice to the victims’’.
I t says the question of harm to the victims never seemed to have been considered by the archdiocese.
In considering whether a person is guilty of the ‘‘worst crime’’, canon law states a person must have ‘‘deliberately’’ violated the canon law. In considering the issue of guilt under canon law, the Canon Law Society of Britain and Ireland has commented: ‘‘Among the factors which may seriously diminish their imputability (guilt) in such cases (cases of clerical child sexual abuse) is paedophilia ...
‘‘Those who have studied this matter in detail have concluded that proven paedophiles are often subjected to urges and impulses which are in effect beyond their control .. .because of the influence of paedophilia (the abuser) may not be liable, by reason of at least diminished immutability (guilt) to any canonical penalty or perhaps to only a mild penalty, to a formal warning or reproof or to a penal remedy."
The commission says it ‘‘finds it a matter of grave concern that, under canon law, a serial child abuser might receive more favourable treatment from the archdiocese or from Rome, by reason of the fact that he was diagnosed as a paedophile’’.
What all this says is that the issue is not just a matter of negligence or complicity in clerical child sexual abuse on the part of individual bishops - it is the culture of the Catholic Church, a culture shaped by the church authorities in Rome and transmitted and refined in dioceses.
A culture that hides the Church’s own guidelines concerning what it itself rhetorically said was the ‘‘worst crime’’; that caused the Vatican authorities to pull the ground from priests who were trying to draft guidelines on abuse; that prioritises the abusers over the abused; that has been essentially indifferent to the harm caused to abuse victims; that regards paedophiles as objects of sympathy and compassion.
A few more episcopal resignations, with a presumption that these settle the matter, is just a continuance of the culture of denial of the Catholic Church’s institutional and cultural complicity in the criminality of clerical child sexual abuse.
The Holy Roman and Apostolic Church is the problem.
Italy row over Church abuse film, 21 Mei 2007
Monday, December 21, 2009
PATSY McGARRY, Religious Affairs Correspondent
DUBLIN CLERICAL child sex abuse victim Marie Collins has repeated her call for the remaining bishops mentioned in the Murphy report and still holding office to resign.
In a letter to The Irish Times today she says “NO, NO, NO [her emphasis] – Bishops Field, Drennan, Walsh and Moriarty, you cannot hide the fact that you met month after month in the archdiocese, seeing the policy that was in place, and none of you stood up and cried STOP!”
Ms Collins was abused by Fr Edmondus, as he is referred to in the Murphy report. She was a patient at Our Lady’s Hospital for Sick Children in Crumlin, Dublin, where he had been chaplain when the abuse took place...
Madam, – I agree 100 per cent with everything in Mary Rafterys article ‘Still far from accepting personal responsibility’ (December 18th).
The Irish Bishops Conference admitted they were ashamed of what had gone on in the Archdiocese. They said: “The avoidance of scandal, the preservation of the reputations of individuals and of the church, took precedence over the safety and welfare of children. This should never have happened and must never be allowed to happen again.”
They asked for our forgiveness. Yet of the five bishops who were in positions of power in the Archdiocese during the period of the Murphy report all seem to feel they can be excluded from that plea as they feel they have no need of forgiveness.
The damage it causes to the Catholic Church to see these men hanging on with a vice like grip to power, prestige and title is immeasurable. Is there any real repentance in the Church or are the words from the Bishops conference just that “words”.
As a survivor I found the resignation statement of Bishop Murray hard to swallow. He was resigning to save “survivors” from “difficulties”. Not taking any responsibility at all for his mishandling of an abusing priest , rather he was doing us “the survivors” a favour by stepping down!
Similarly Bishop Moriarity has indicated he might step down if it would serve the people, the church and victims! Not because he feels any responsibility whatsoever.
NO, NO, NO - Bishops Field, Drennan, Walsh and Moriarity you cannot hide the fact that you met month after month in the Archdiocese seeing the policy that was in place and none of you stood up and cried STOP!
You do not seem to realise you must go, not because of how you might have handled individual cases – but because you were part of the regime that facilitated abusing priests to carry on abusing and did nothing to stop it or expose it.
When I was a child I learned of the sin of omission. Have none of these men ever heard of it?
They variously say – we were not criticised in the report (it was only a sample), or we do not feel we did anything wrong etc. . . Examine your consciences and realise standing by and doing nothing was a crime. It left children to be hurt and suffer who should never have been touched.
All are guilty of knowing what the system was and all must take responsibility for being part of that system and not having the courage then to say stop – have the courage now to take the responsibility you should have then and please, please go.
Firhouse, Co Dublin
Monday, December 21, 2009
A FORMER spokesman for the former Archbishop of Dublin, Cardinal Desmond Connell, has criticised the current Archbishop of Dublin, Dr Diarmuid Martin, for his handling of the fallout from the Murphy report.
Eddie Shaw, currently director with Carr Communications and who worked at the communications office in Archbishop’s House in Drumcondra for a year between 2002 and 2003, said communications strategy by the archdiocese following publication of the Murphy report had been “catastrophic . . . absolutely catastrophic”.
Speaking on RTÉ Radio 1’s Marian Finucane programme yesterday, he said: “I think, Marian, it’s wrong, the way it was done is wrong. Communicating with people who are your auxiliaries through the Prime Time programme in the way it was done – that was wrong.
He continued: “I get uncomfortable where I see people’s reputation being shredded. I don’t think that is part of a process of recovery . . . reputation is the last thing you have. I’m uncomfortable with that.”
Asked about Archbishop Martin saying on the same Prime Time programme that since publication of the Murphy report the previous week only two bishops had called him offering support, Mr Shaw said: “I actually don’t understand that comment . . . Is that a reflection on the gap that has opened up between one bishop and his brother bishops?
Een rotschop na om U tegen te zeggen voor Desmond Connell van zijn vroegere medewerker in zijn demonstratie over waar dat Murphy rapport over gaat.
Het geloof kennelijk al afgeschaft, mag dat Iers katholiek onderwijs nog zo geweldig zijn geweest volgens de minister, het hoofdstuk Constitutioneel Parlementaire Democratische Republiek ontbrak kennelijk ook bij deze strategiecommunicatie-verkoper nog steeds.
zondag, december 20, 2009
“The Catholic Church and the Christian tradition has played an outstanding part in the education of all our children through the years. I think we should be maintaining that ethos and that tradition "
zegt de minister van onderwijs Batt O’Keeffe
“It is not my intention to lose the outstanding nature of that tradition,” said the Minister to applause from pupils, parents teachers and members of the Presentation Order.
Dan zakt je mond toch even open...
zaterdag, december 19, 2009
PATSY McGARRY, Religious Affairs Correspondent
Did you ever employ the stratagem of mental reservation in your dealings with media, abuse victims, or statutory authorities while working at the same communications office, then or since then?
No, of course not, and I had never even heard of the concept of mental reservation until I saw it in the report recently.
Zo'n moment dat ik wou dat ik slimmer was...
Maar dit gaat er bij mij niet in.
Erger, en dat is wat ik mij al sinds Thomas Doyles uitleg van mental reservation zit af te vragen of minstens probeer te snappen, is wat dit liegen-dat-op-zijn-rooms- katholieks-geen-liegen-is in (die) (mijn)tehuizen heeft betekent, een dankzij Janus en zijn kreukelzone soms knap wanhopige bezigheid, snap ik het nu wel of niet of zit ik er (weer) naast...
Liegen is een van de instrumenten van macht vs onmacht en (afhankelijke) hulpeloosheid. Flauwe kul om te doen alsof dit slechts rooms katholiek zou zijn. Liegen kan een pervers instrument worden. Letterlijk levensgevaarlijk gebleken.
Wat is, wat betekent de roomskatholieke variatie ervan?
Hoe meer ik er van kan snappen, hoe meer ik mijn ervaringen snap (en vica versa waarschijnlijk?), en mijn antwoorden vind, dank je Father Doyle, dank U Heer Frederico Lombardi, dank jullie al die mannen die iets vertelden over hun (klein)seminarie ervaringen, dank je, al die ik als volwassene tegenkwam en vooral diegene die struikelen over het Amsterdamse!
Maar wat deze Ierse heer Senator zegt koop ik van geen meter.
Of is de beoogde conclussie dat het een halve gare is die nog nooit heeft nagedacht en de moeite niet nam zich eens te informeren en na te denken?
Het is niet mogelijk jarenlang de spreekstalmeester van kardinaal Desmond Connell te zijn geweest, (1996-2001, de Boston Globe - Law barstte in 2002 naar buiten) op de hoogte te zijn geweest van verdenkingen van kindermisbruik, na Ferns (en haar dominodagen, okt. 2005) en de - in dit geval dubbele - noodzaak je te informeren -desnoods ná het uitkomen van Doyles, Sipe en Wall Priests, Sex and Secret Codes (2006) én/of de publieke informatie over het bestaan van CRIMEN SOLICITATIONES (én BBC documentaire notabene met Colm O'Gorman, mei 2007) in zijn positie(s) niet te hebben gehoord over mental reservation!
Dan ben je of een volslagen idioot of je liegt als politicus op zijn rooms katholieks, mijnheer de Senator!
En dat is nu precies waar het Murphy over ging.
Deze vorm van liegen is een perversiteit gebleken, mijnheer de Senator.
Quit now or be fired: final ultimatum to prelates, Archbishop will ask Vatican to act if quartet don't resign
By John Cooney, Ciaran Byrne and Brian McDonald
Saturday December 19 2009
THE Archbishop of Dublin, Dr Diarmuid Martin will seek to have four bishops fired by the Vatican if they refuse to step down over the Murphy report into child sex abuse cases in Dublin.
The dramatic development emerged as one of the embattled bishops, Martin Drennan of Galway, accused Dublin's Archbishop Martin of calling his integrity into question.
Bishop Drennan, one of the four former auxiliary bishops who served in Dublin, is under fierce pressure to resign to show "collective responsibility" for the abuse scandals.
The three other bishops facing calls to go are Dublin auxiliaries, Eamonn Walsh and Raymond Field, and the Bishop of Kildare and Leighlin, Jim Moriarty, a previous auxiliary in Dublin.
Archbishop Martin last night refused to make a public comment on his tense relations with Bishop Drennan.
But sources told the Irish Independent that if the four bishops -- who say they did no wrong -- do not stand down voluntarily on the principle of collective responsibility, Archbishop Martin will petition the Congregation of Bishops in Rome to fire them.
The prospect of their resignations moved a step closer yesterday after school principals demanded all four should step down as patrons of hundreds of primary schools.
The Irish Primary Principals' Network (IPPN) also wants the four bishops to be accountable for their actions -- or inactions -- in discharging their child protection responsibilities.
Taoiseach Brian Cowen also waded into the row, firmly backing Archbishop Martin's stance and saying it was "a time for leadership and accountability" from the Catholic Church.
Mr Cowen said: "The resignation of Bishop Murray is a welcome indication that those who are in positions of leadership and responsibility in the Church are facing up to their responsibility in the light of the very clear findings of the Murphy Commission."
Despite the developments, Bishop Drennan mounted a robust defence of his position yesterday, hitting back at a call by Archbishop Martin to take collective responsibility for the report into systematic cover-up of abuse complaints from victims of priests.
Interpreting a letter from Archbishop Martin as seeking his resignation as head of the Galway diocese, Bishop Drennan said his conscience was clear and he had no intention of resigning from office.
Earlier yesterday, he hinted he might quit, telling a local radio station he was "not sure" if he would resign. Later he claimed he had received phone calls of support following the interview.
There was growing speculation last night that the Bishop of Kildare and Leighlin, Dr Jim Moriarty may take the decision to step down in the face of grassroots anger at his handling of sex abuse cases.
Some parents in Co Carlow have suggested they will remove their children from religious sacraments officiated by the bishop, a move that might make his post untenable.
Bishop Moriarty has said he does not consider that there are any grounds on which he should resign. But several parents in one parish had decided not to allow their children to attend a Confirmation ceremony if Bishop Moriarty was officiating at it.
Last night a senior Dublin priest openly sided with Archbishop Martin and said that more resignations of bishops named in the Murphy report were "inevitable."
Fr Joe Mullen, chairman of the Dublin Council of Priests, said: "If they don't resign or if this moment that we're in doesn't move in a way that seems to be fuelled by forgiveness and justice and a sense of recognition of hurt and hope for healing, then maybe we'll all be retiring, if not resigning".
In two interviews yesterday, Bishop Drennan pointed out that nothing negative had been said about him in the Murphy report on clerical sex abuse.
- JOHN COONEY, CIARAN BYRNE and BRIAN McDONALD
Madam, – I am a 62-year-old ex-pat Irishman living in Australia.
As a young child, I was molested by a Catholic priest. I did at one stage approach my local parish priest, who in turn contacted our bishop (of Clogher).
The priest continually abused kids and young men, but the church continually swept it under the carpet. I thought the matter was resolved.
As a result of this, as soon as I became an adult, I disavowed the Catholic Church. I still suffer recurrent nightmares about this priest’s abuse. When it first happened, he would have been in his mid-20s.
It did not occur once, but many times. When it first happened, I approached my mother, whom I loved dearly, but, typical of the real Irish Catholic, I got a slap on the face, and was told not to “speak about a priest like that”. Unfortunately, that was the attitude from the 1950s.
If this person is extradited from the US, I am prepared to fly to Ireland and testify against him, and also name other witnesses who may not yet have come forward.
Some years ago, I met a lady who gave me comfort and solace from this nightmare, but sadly she passed away three months ago. Now all my pent up anger has surfaced again. All I want is the ultimate justice. – Yours, etc,
Saturday December 19 2009Irish Independent
Primary-school principals are demanding that the four bishops named in the Murphy report step down as patrons of hundreds of schools.
They want Bishop Martin Drennan, Bishop Ray Field, Bishop Jim Moriarty, and Bishop Eamonn Walsh to give up their school positions.
The Irish Primary Principals Network (IPPN) also wants the four bishops to be accountable for their actions -- or inactions -- in discharging their child protection responsibilities.
It is an unprecedented intervention by primary school heads -- and their first public statement since the publication of the damning Murphy report into the church's handling of complaints about paedophile priests in Dublin.
"This is not a 'witch hunt'; it is about justice and closure for all those whose dignity has been damaged beyond the most basic norms of any society in any era," said IPPN director Sean Cottrell.
In an IPPN survey of 630 principals, four out of five agreed that the bishops named in the report should not continue in their position as patrons.
In all, around 3,000 primary schools are under the patronage of Catholic bishops. All teacher appointments to Catholic schools have to be approved by them and they set up selection boards to appoint principals.
Under the Education Act, the Education Minister has responsibility for registering school patrons but the act does not set out procedures for removing a patron from the register.
The IPPN survey also found that 2pc of schools admitted they did not have up-to-date child protection policies -- a situation previously confirmed in a Dail reply to Fianna Fail TD Mary O'Rourke who was told that in September a total of 266 schools had still not availed of continuing professional development to support the implementation of the Stay Safe programme.
That figure had since been cut to less than 200, said Education Minister Batt O'Keeffe.
However, Mr Cottrell expressed shock that some schools had still not implemented the programme. Child protection guidelines should be put on a statutory footing, he added.
"Regardless of circumstances, anyone whose actions or in-action as the case may be, who has failed to protect even a solitary child, must be investigated and held to account by the judicial system," he said.
But the INTO last night moved to assure parents that primary schools strived for the highest standards of child protection, saying there was clear evidence of this in school inspection reports.
- John Walshe Education Editor
Tuesday, December 15, 2009
The intimacy of trust which for over a century defined that relationship is nowhere more evident than in the unquestioning access which people allowed priests have to their children. Priests, together with the schools in which they played such a big part, were the other half of the partnership which provided moral foundation to the vast majority of the nation’s children.
In this context, it is worth searching the Murphy report for what it has to say about the exposure of children to abuse directly as a result of clerical access to schools. Every priest in Dublin has some involvement with schools, usually as a member of a board of management and invariably through direct contact with the seven- or eight-year-olds making their First Communion and the 11/12-year-old Confirmation class.
The Dublin diocesan report singles out 21 priests (out of its sample of 46 examined) for mention in the context of their connections to schools. Most of the prominent clerical paedophiles had continuous access to schools. Fr Noel Reynolds for instance, who finally admitted to sexually abusing over 100 children, was parish priest in Glendalough in the 1990s and chair of the board of management of the local primary school.
The Dublin report details complaints made about his behaviour with children in the school, whom he was able to take on various outings, although the principal told the commission that he “never left him in a class on his own”.
Throughout his long career, Reynolds had also been chaplain to numerous schools, including the exclusive, fee-paying Mt Anville Convent in Goatstown, Dublin. Before Glendalough, however, it appears he was viewed with suspicion in only one school – he himself referred to a nun in East Wall who “made life difficult – wanted me in and out of the school in half an hour – because of my talks on the facts of life with children”.
Fr Thomas Naughton’s abuse of children was widely known to the bishops of Dublin by the time they transferred him to yet another parish in 1986. Bishop Donal Murray was deeply immersed in his case and was aware of his criminal activities in the parishes of Valleymount and Donnycarney.
Upon his arrival in Ringsend, Naughton was, according to the Dublin report, “despite his background, given responsibility for some work in schools”. Inevitably, he continued his abuse. The principal of the local girls’ primary school complained about his engaging in “horseplay” with the children and refusing to stop when asked. We also know that he sexually abused a number of boys in this parish.
Then there is the case of Fr Patrick Maguire, another priest who admitted sexually abusing more than 100 children. He was a member of the Columban order, but did some parish work in Dublin and around schools. At one stage, his order sent him around the country on a recruitment drive for youngsters. The Dublin report describes this decision as “disastrous” as it gave him access “to every Catholic school in the country, in effect, to virtually every child in the country”.
“He duly took advantage of that access”, the report notes.
Another priest who made extensive use of schools to source his child victims was Vincentian priest Fr Donal Gallagher. His particular targets were deaf girls. Despite knowledge in the 1980s that he was a child abuser, he was appointed chaplain to St Mary’s School for deaf girls in Cabra. His habit was to abuse the children in confession and then wash his hands afterwards in the altar bowl.
Fr James MacNamee, the Crumlin parish priest and serial paedophile who built a swimming pool in his back garden, was also intimately bound up within the education system. One victim described to the Murphy commission how children would flock around him whenever he arrived at the local primary school. He invariably spent school break times holding hands with boys in the yard.
Fr X (his name is concealed by court order) had a lengthy career of child abuse, much of which was well known to the Dublin bishops. Archbishop Dermot Ryan remarked in the early 1980s that one of the ways he accessed victims was by befriending families involved in “good works” for the parish, including parents who were members of school boards.
Despite this knowledge, Fr X was glibly transferred around the diocese. In one parish, the Dublin report informs us, he “stepped into the role of the previous curate and in that capacity was given free access to the schools of the parish. No information was given to the three other priests who were ministering in the parish. Fr X was given charge of the Confirmation class in one of the schools and it was from that source that the next official complaint arose”.
Fr Septimus, a parish priest, abused a number of boys by savagely beating them on their bare buttocks and masturbating during it in at least one case. He used the local school, to which he had a key, for some of this abuse. One child was so badly beaten that he had to remain in bed for three weeks.
Fr Bill Carney, another serial paedophile, had a long career in schools in Ballyfermot, Ayrfield (on Dublin’s northside), Clonskeagh and Crumlin (Clogher Road). Even after his conviction for the abuse of two young brothers in 1983, he was still saying Mass in schools all over the diocese, and was described by one parish priest as someone who could “really communicate with the children”. This apparently raised no alarm bells among the bishops of Dublin.
Fr Sergius, another career paedophile, was in a new parish in 1999, and was in and out of the local school instructing the children making their Confirmations. Parents began to complain that he “arrived late, smelled strongly of alcohol and was truculent in his demeanour”.
There followed a meeting between the principal, the children’s class teacher, the parish priest and members of the board of management. According to the Dublin diocesan report: “the parish priest expressed surprise that Fr Sergius had been appointed as chaplain to the school. This seems to the commission to be an extraordinary statement. As the archbishop is the patron of the school, the appointment of chaplain is delegated to the parish priest, so the parish priest must himself have asked Fr Sergius to deal with the Confirmation class.”
The report concludes that Fr Sergius “should not have been allowed involvement with the Confirmation class”.
The cases outlined above provide just a sample of how paedophile priests had such easy access to children through the school system. Involvement with schools was (and continues to be) an intrinsic part of the ministry of most diocesan priests.
Consequently, when the Dublin bishops discussed problems of child-abusing priests at their monthly meetings during the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s, and decided to return many of them to parish work, this automatically gave these highly dangerous men immediate and intimate access to schools, to hundreds of children and to more small victims.
As a society, we have chosen to give these bishops enormous and unaccountable power over our education system and over the lives of the vast majority of our children. The Catholic Church has a controlling involvement with 3,000 out of the country’s 3,200 primary schools.
For as long as each local bishop is enshrined in law as patron of all Catholic primary schools in his diocese, with power over the appointment of boards of management, teachers and principals, we should ponder carefully the findings of the Dublin report as they pertain to the negligence of the Dublin bishops in this regard.
Wie weet, Vincent Krah, of je inmiddels mijn schok verstaat, over die nog geen 25 meter speelplaats tussen de internaatsschool en het internaat waar jij nooit in was geweest omdat je vond dat je er niet over heen hoorde te gaan, ook niet toen een kind met veel fysiek geweld uit je klas werd gehaald en dagenlang niet meer verscheen. Van mijn geschokte walging begreep je maar krap drie jaar geleden nog niets.