Catholic hierarchy ‘failed to stop’ child sex abuse by priests in Clogher


Catholic hierarchy ‘failed to stop’ child sex abuse by priests in Clogher

From the link: http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2013/apr/24/catholic-hierarchy-priests-clogher?INTCMP=SRCH

Internal report into Northern Ireland diocese admits ‘unacceptable delay’ in taking action against suspected serial abuser

The Catholic hierarchy failed to step in and prevent ongoing child sex abuse by priests in a Northern Ireland diocese, one of seven internal church reports has admitted.

Irish Catholicism‘s National Board for Safeguarding Children found on Wednesday that there was “an unacceptable delay” in taking action against one priest after what it describes as “a credible allegation” in the Clogher diocese, which covers the border counties of Tyrone and Fermanagh as well as Cavan and Donegal in the Irish Republic.

Among the cases of system failure cited by the report is of a priest suspected of being a serial abuser who was not removed from the ministry but was instead first moved to another parish in the diocese and then sent overseas.

He was eventually extradited back to Ireland after several years but died before he could be brought before a court, the report concluded.

The report, which does not name any priest involved, says there were complaints against 13 clergy in the diocese over four decades. Two of the priests from Clogher were subsequently jailed.

The Clogher report is the latest in a long line of damning investigations both within the Irish Catholic church and by independent judges that have exposed decades of abuse by hundreds of Catholic priests and other clergy of children across Ireland.

All of the National Board for Safeguarding Children’s reports into Irish Catholic dioceses were carried out within the church and do not name any priests accused of child sex abuse.

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The Catechism offers a clear moral teaching: "Rape is the forcible violation of the sexual intimacy of another person. It does injury to justice and charity. Rape deeply wounds the respect, freedom, and physical and moral integrity to which every person has a right. It causes grave damage that can mark the victim for life. It is always an intrinsically evil act. Graver still is the rape of children committed by parents (incest) or those responsible for the education of the children entrusted to them." (no. 2356) Note that rape is "an intrinsically evil act," meaning that it is evil at its very root, nothing justifies it, and it is objectively a mortal sin. An evil act was done against me, a crime, by a priest at St Thomas More Parish in Durham, NH. An evil and a crime I will no longer keep silent about. Those who perpetrate crimes against children, especially those of the Roman Catholic Church, should all be punished for their crimes against children. Anything less would be criminal.

Posted on May 17, 2013, in Child Sex Abuse, Clergy Abuse, Clergy Sex Abuse, Priest Child Sex Abuse, Religion, Roman Catholic Church, Roman Catholic Church Sex Abuse and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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