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Paedophile ex-priest Bill Carney claims he ‘poses no threat to children’ despite living by playground
Paedophile ex-priest Bill Carney claims he ‘poses no threat to children’ despite living by playground
A former Roman Catholic priest exposed as a serial child sex abuser today claimed he posed no ‘threat or danger to children’ – despite living by a playground.
Bill Carney was defrocked in 1992 after he was exposed as a ‘serial sex abuser’ who had targeted at least 32 youngsters.
The Irishman – convicted of indecent assault – became one of the most notorious offenders in the church’s history.
The ex-priest, who was ordained in 1974, left Ireland and settled in Northleach, near Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, after being found living in Spain.
But in a letter sent to his local newspaper pleading for a second chance, he said he had lived next to the play area for seven years.
Neighbours expressed serious concerns after his back gate was found to lead straight onto the children’s play area 100 yards away.
But after he was outed an abuser living in his ex-wife’s home, the priest hit back in the letter printed today.
‘Your article depicts me as a threat or a danger to children. Nothing could be further from the truth,’ he wrote.
‘For over 30 years now I have been a recovering alcoholic and the only mark against my name is three points on my driving licence for doing 38mph in a 40mph area.’
Mr Carney, who is believed to have made a mistake in his description of his speeding offence, added: ‘In these 30 years there has not been the slightest suggestion of anything that would indicate that I am a danger to any child.
‘I have lived in Northleach for about seven years and I have been in that playground once and again in my time and years in Northleach nothing has occurred to suggest that I was in any way, shape of form a danger to the welfare of any child.’
Mr Carney even likened himself to Andy Coulson who he said was given a ‘second chance’ by David Cameron after he resigned from the News of the World.
He added: ‘The Prime Minister said he gave Mr Andy Coulson a second chance and that everyone does deserve a second chance.
‘Over 30 years ago was a very low and sad time in my life, I was given a second chance.
‘A chance to stop drinking and begin again to live a good life and be a good person.
‘I grabbed that chance with both hands and I am today a good person doing my best to have a good life, one day at a time.
‘I know in my heart what kind of person I am today and I know that I do not pose any threat of danger to any child, 30 years surely must mean and say something.
‘I am a good honest Christian living as best I can one day at a time and your article and whatever others say, thank God, does not change that. All I ask for is a chance.’
The Murphy Report, which investigated paedophilia in the church in Ireland, revealed that Carney had pleaded guilty to two counts of indecent assault in 1983 against two altar boys when it was published two years ago.
As the crimes were committed abroad, he is not on the Sex Offenders’ Register in Britain.
‘He was one of the most serious serial abusers investigated by the Commission,’ the Murphy Report stated.
‘There is some evidence suggesting that, on separate occasions, he may have acted in concert with other convicted clerical child sexual abusers.’
The report quoted a letter written by the tribunal that defrocked Carney in 1992 to Archbishop Desmond Connell, the then Archbishop of Dublin.
The letter stated: ‘Like alcoholism there is no hope of cure for the paedophile unless he comes to terms with his complaint.
‘To this day the accused has refused – despite a civil court case and much other evidence – to admit that he suffers from this paraphilia.’
Carney has never been tried for any of the allegations made in the report.
In March last year the BBC’s Panorama found him living in Spain.
‘I have read the Murphy report six or seven times,’ he told the programme.
‘And I would dispute all of it except that I pleaded guilty to two charges in 1983 and the matter was dealt with by the court and I was sentenced.’
Bill Carney – Northleach
Revealed: Paedophile priest Bill Carney enjoys holiday jaunt on cruise ship alongside young families
CARNEY was branded “one of the most serious serial abusers” in the archdiocese of Dublin by an Irish government report into child abuse.
A NOTORIOUS paedophile priest has been caught enjoying a luxury cruise among families with young children.
Vile Bill Carney was joined on his Mediterranean jaunt by the wife who disowned him after the Daily Record exposed his sickening crimes.
Carney terrorised children for years in his native Ireland. An official report said he was suspected of abusing up to 32 named victims, with evidence that there were many more.
He was allowed to remain a priest for years after being convicted of indecent assault. And after he was finally defrocked in 1992, the golf-mad pervert fled to Scotland, married wife Joan and opened a “family friendly” guest house in St Andrews.
Carney shut the B&B and fled again after we unmasked him in 2009, but he remains free and unsupervised despite his horrific history of abuse.
He is not on the sex offenders’ register in the UK.
And last month, he and Joan boarded the P&O cruise ship Ventura for a luxurious voyage to Barcelona, Monaco, Elba, Rome, Naples, Alicante and Gibraltar.
A witness who recognised him on the ship told us: “It was the paedophile priest I had seen in the Record. There was no doubt about it.
“But here he was without a care in the world – and we were surrounded by families and children.
“We kept an eye on him.”
Carney normally takes great care to avoid being photographed, but he posed grinning with Joan at his side before enjoying a black tie dinner with Ventura’s captain.
Our source said: “We struck up a conversation with him but he was evasive. He gave a different name for his wife.
“He seems to spend his life looking over his shoulder. I hope the Record can help bring him to justice.”
P&O describe the Ventura as “very family friendly”, with “fantastic children’s clubs and a play area for under-twos”.
Carney, 62, became a priest in 1974 and used his position to molest dozens of children.
He attacked boys and girls from at least eight children’s homes, took children swimming and on holidays and used them as golf caddies.
An Irish government report into child abuse by priests described Carney as “one of the most serious serial abusers” in the Archdiocese of Dublin.
The report’s author, judge Yvonne Murphy, said: “Bill Carney is a serial abuser of children, male and female.
“The Commission is aware of complaints or suspicions of abuse against him in respect of 32 named individuals. There is evidence that he abused many more children.”
The report said there was evidence Carney “may have acted in concert” with other paedophile priests.
Carney’s only convictions came in 1983, for two counts of indecent assault. He got probation and the archdiocese paid compensation to six victims.
He was not kicked out of the priesthood until 1992 – when the archdiocese paid him £30,000 to go quietly.
The Murphy Report savaged the Catholic Church in Ireland for its handling of Carney. It found that Bishop James Kavanagh had a “soft spot” for the predator and did all he could to protect him and avoid scandal.
Judge Murphy said of the Church:“It was inept, self-serving and for the best part of 10 years displayed no obvious concern for the welfare of children.”
The Irish authorities knew about Carney’s St Andrews guest house but did nothing to warn their counterparts in Scotland – or his wife.
Joan, 71, knew nothing about Carney’s crimes until her sons from a previous marriage warned her after seeing the Record’s 2009 story.
She said later: “I nearly died. I said, ‘Get me out of here. I can’t stay here a minute longer.’”
Carney fled to the Canary Islands, where he spent a year before returning to the UK.
Joan cut all ties with him but they are now a couple again. They were last known to be living in a village in Gloucestershire.
The Catholic church should be outlawed forthwith
JohnB on outlawing the Catholic church today
From the link: http://www.molestedcatholics.com/
Talking whilst driving with my son today and I began to relate to him some details about a foot injury I had as a child. He had come home and shown me a blister on his foot; I told him he had not spent enough time in bare feet – that was the prompt, my topic could be my right foot or how long/harmful/life distorting the repression of the day to day Catholic cover up are – its part of the healing journey and a son who smiled today when he listened to me about this – its the story of how I had to cover up the injury even though I had to have ongoing medical attention and purpose made boots it was always done in the name of something else – my injured foot which had left me with a distinct limp because I walked with my foot turned in as it had been injured seriously when the car door was repeatedly slammed on my foot on the day the priest raped me at a little church in the beautiful hills of Central Victoria – its about how every Catholic knew what the cause was and every Catholic knew I was not permitted to speak about it – they were able to assist me with my pigeon toed-ness but they were not able to help me with my injured foot due to being slammed in the lock of the car door as that was a lie that would send me to hell – that’s why other kids parents were permitted to beat you if they heard you speak about it being what it in fact was. This was a conscious campaign by every catholic in that town, nuns and priests, knights of the Southern Cross, bishops, the local Catholic Policeman, the Editor of the local newspaper included – they all knew and participated – that to me is what the cover up was and the to me is what the cover up is today – that is what Catholic parishes across the world participate in still today – that is the Catholic cover up in action. It is bigger and stronger than just the Catholic hierarchy because so many have built their careers and their fortunes on.
The part skepticism plays in helping to clarify those truths and facts of your life – you realize that your own brothers and sisters were blackmailed in the same way over this and over dozens of other crimes that had occurred and were covered up – there was a regular murmurous uproar as another instances of sexual abuse was gossiped and whispered about and some kid bullied into fear of their life until the rules of secrecy were instilled (rather this repression was the enforcement of denial into the entire catholic population.
If society does not turn away from the path of the Catholic church and if it does not freeze its assets, its businesses then the vast majority of the real crime in our society will never be addressed and the world will never have had a real chance to raise our children in a peaceful, loving and truthful environment. Lets make 2011 the year we all come together to unite in the single cause of demanding our government ceases to trade with and Catholic or religious entity until democracy is restored in our country.
There is no precedent that permits a sector of society to enact genocide on its followers on the basis of religion. That is what we have today and what we have today is insidious and at the core of the ability of society to progress in the areas of human rights, dignity, respect, individuality, freedom of expression of thought and the freedom of speech.
While ever the Catholic church continues to exist and to be able to function as an organized religion it will be in the process of enacting the genocidal practices of the religion against some portion of society and it will continue to enable wars just as any organized religion can and repeatedly to the detriment of society does. The Catholic church is our most obvious example. We can either help the Catholic church to prevail or we can help our children to prevail. For every person on the planet the real choice they have to make is whether they will support the Catholic church or will they support the children.
2011 must be the year when those of us across the world who have an understanding of this and for us to collectively demand our governments brings it to a halt and never permits it to occur again. That is a part of their moral obligation to society. Any politician who today stands in support of the Catholic church should be collectively condemned through our united and collective voices.
Make 2011 the year when you connect up with a proactive survivor who speaks clearly and directly about the needs and the means of providing the safety and the protection our children and our society need.
The Catholic church and those who follow it today need to stand back and permit reason and justice to prevail, to permit each and every person within the boundaries of their country to live with the legitimate right to live in a free and democratic country free of repression and child abuse.
The Catholic church stands condemned as a psychopathic pariah and must be rejected in all forms wherever it is not regulated and policed.
Former Catholic Priest Bill Carney arrested in Britain accused of 32 counts of pedophilia
Carney finally arrested after decades of freedom despite being a known pedophile
Nearly 30 years after he was originally convicted, former priest Bill Carney has finally been arrested in London. He will soon appear in court to face the charges of sexual abuse made against him, according to the Irish Sun. Having avoided punishment of any sort, and receiving $39,283 from the Catholic Church to leave the priesthood, his case has been called “tragic” and “nothing short of catastrophic.”
Dating all the way back to the 1970s and 80s, a priest in Ayrfield, Dublin, by the name of Bill Carney used his status as means to prey on innocent children and is only now being truly punished.
A BBC article from 2010 exposed Carney’s horrific nature and the glaring wrongdoings of the Catholic Church in efforts to cover up another child abuse scandal. The article cites the Murphy Report, from the current case against Carney. It states, “The Commission is aware of compliments or suspicion of abuse against him in respect to 32 individuals. There is evidence that he abused many more children.”
Ordained in 1974, Carney, a priest and scout troop leader surrounded himself with children. He created a seemingly fun-loving environment with swimming trips, free soda, and a personal video player. The pedophile then began to terrorize the children, both girls and boys, who admired and trusted him.
As complaints and accusations began appearing, the justice system in Ireland passed on most of the prosecution and discipline of Carney back to the Church. Bishop James Kavanagh was described by the Murphy Report as having “a soft spot for Carney” and protected the criminal from the law.
The report also noted that despite one policeman’s effort to bring the court’s attention to the horrible accusations, Carney was only charged with two counts of indecent assault in 1983. The charges were kept quiet from the media and only troubled Carney with probation.
The Church eventually internally convicted Carney of child abuse in 1992. Carney then refused the idea of leaving the parish and had to be paid €30,000 to leave. With €30,000 of the Catholic Church’s money, the pedophile moved to Cheltenham and started a new life in Scotland running a B&B. Due to the fact that his crimes were committed before the 2003 Sex Offenders Act in Ireland, Carney’s past was unknown to his new community. Carney was even able to marry a woman without her ever knowing his horrific crimes. The Murphy Report says the Catholic Churches mishandling of Carney was “nothing short of catastrophic.”
In 2004 one victim, Paul Dwyer, tried telling police about Carney. However, his first-hand account was not seen as enough evidence and the case was dropped. In the weeks following the case’s dismissal, Paul Dwyer tragically committed suicide. In an interview with the BBC, Dwyer’s mother explained that her son “wanted Carney in court so he could ask him why, why had Carney raped him? That never happened and the way things are going, the way the police and the clergy are handling it now I can’t see it ever happening.”
How paedophile priest was allowed to evade justice
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From the link: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/programmes/newsnight/8556659.stm
Former priest Bill Carney was named as one of the worst cases in Dublin’s Catholic diocese in the Murphy report into clerical abuse there. However, for the last 10 years he has been free to live quietly in Britain.
Newsnight’s Olenka Frenkiel has investigated his case and tracked him down in the Canary Islands.
All the children in Ayrfield, Dublin, knew fun-loving Father Bill Carney – not just the altar boys and those who met him through school, but members of the Scout troop he ran and the groups of local children he took swimming.
His door was always open, there was a ready supply of Coke in the fridge and in the 1980s he had the very latest thing to lure youngsters in – a video player.
Adults disapproved of his swearing and crazy driving, but the Catholic Church was still so trusted, no-one suspected the truth about him.
Bridie Dwyer still lives in Ayrfield. Above the fireplace, with other family photographs is a picture of her youngest child, Paul, on his first Communion day.
At the age of 13 Paul went with other boys to watch videos at Father Carney’s house and to have a sleepover, Mrs Dwyer told me. But at 2am Paul unexpectedly returned home.
“Thought you were going for a sleepover?” she recalled asking him as he pushed past her. “Didn’t want to stay,” he replied and shut his door.
“That’s when he’d been raped,” Mrs Dwyer told me, “but I didn’t know”.
What no-one, except Carney’s bishop and the local police, knew was that the priest was a paedophile.
The Murphy report into the cover up by the Catholic Church and Irish state of clerical sex abuse was published in November 2009.
It described Carney as “a serial sexual abuser of children, male and female”, saying that there had been complaints and suspicions “in respect of 32 named individuals” about him, adding that “there is evidence he abused many more children”.
‘Child in his bed’
Michael Wheeler, who as a boy was one of Carney’s altar servers, said that following the report a strange but vivid memory from when he was young suddenly made sense.
He told me that when he was nine years old Carney was late for Mass one day, so, fearful that he might not turn up, he ran into the priest’s house and called his name.
“I heard a groan,” he said, “and I saw in the bedroom, a boy, a little older than me, naked between the sheets.
“This boy sat up, stared groggily at me, and fell back into the bed. I was terrified and ran out. As a child I couldn’t understand why he was there. Now I know.”
We now know that complaints about Carney were diverted away from the Irish criminal justice system to Bishop James Kavanagh, a man described by the Murphy Report as someone with “a soft spot for Carney”.
Kavanagh did what he could to protect Carney from the law to avoid scandal for the Church.
One conscientious policeman, praised in the Murphy Report, did investigate complaints and they came to court. But the press were kept away as Carney pleaded guilty to two counts of indecent assault and got probation.
Six families were paid compensation and Carney was soon back working, with access to children.
Paid to leave parish
In its 40 pages on Carney, the Murphy report said that his was one of the worst cases the commission investigated and that the Church’s handling of his case was “nothing short of catastrophic”.
“It was inept, self-serving and for the best part of 10 years displayed no obvious concern for the welfare of children,” the report said.
In 1992, the Church convicted Carney internally, under Canon law, of child sexual abuse.
But this compulsive paedophile refused to leave the parish house. So the Church paid him £30,000 to go away.
He moved to Cheltenham and then to Scotland, where he has lived for the last 10 years running a family-friendly guest house in St Andrews.
Back in Dublin, it took Bridie’s son Paul Dwyer 21 years to come forward, but in 2004 he told the police about his rape.
The police said they had received two other complaints like his and sent the file to the Irish director of public prosecutions (DPP), but the DPP said there was not enough evidence to prosecute.
“So the case stopped,” his mother told me, “and, a couple of weeks later Paul committed suicide. He couldn’t handle it any more.
“He wanted Carney in court so he could ask him why, why had Carney raped him? That never happened and the way things are going, the way the police and the clergy are handling it now I can’t see it ever happening,” she added.
No warnings given
That same year, in Scotland, Carney got married.
Newsnight has established that the Irish authorities knew his address but no-one, either from the Church or the Irish state, thought to warn his new wife about his past, or protect any children who might be at risk.
Nothing was done to prevent him leaving, as usual, for his winter holiday in the Canary Islands, a popular destination for families with children, and no-one warned the local police.
The Murphy report quotes a psychiatric assessment which says he suffers from a “psychopathic personality disorder”.
“His refusal to acknowledge his paedophilia,” it said, “means the prognosis for a cure is bleak”.
Confronted over abuse
I tracked Carney down in the Canary Islands, first at a restaurant on the sea front and then to the flat where he was staying, to ask about the abuse.
He refused to comment on the Murphy report, saying he had not read it.
He claimed that when he pleaded guilty to child sex abuse in 1983 it was not because he was guilty, but because: “I was told if I plead guilty the press would be kept away.”
When I asked “Why did you rape Paul Dwyer?” his response was: “Rape. I’d like to explain that. Put it into context.”
What kind of context, I asked, could excuse the rape of a child? But he did not answer.
And when I asked “Are you still abusing children?” his answer begged more questions.
“I haven’t done that in 26 years and I have had no inclination,” he said. But he refused to be drawn on whether that was admission that he had abused before.
Assistant Garda Commissioner John O’Mahoney has been assigned the task of investigating whether anyone should be prosecuted as a result of the revelations in the Murphy report.
These investigations, his office has said, are ongoing.
In Britain, the Home Office said that because Carney’s two convictions for indecent assault pre-date the 2003 Sex Offender’s Act and took place in Ireland he would not be on the Sex Offenders Register and would pass unseen through the new stricter vetting procedures for child protection.
Carney meanwhile remains free to disappear beneath the radar.