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Cloyne Report: Allegations and Suspicions of Child Sexual Abuse Against Clerics (Dublin, Ireland – 2011)

Cloyne Report: Allegations and Suspicions of Child Sexual Abuse Against Clerics (Dublin, Ireland – 2011)

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The following is one of the many reports made by governments and courts around the world evidencing abuse committed by the Catholic Church unto innocent children. We invite you to browse through our scribd channel to find more (www.scribd.com/VaticanCrimes). The Protect Your Children Foundation along with Vatican Crimes Exposed (www.vaticancrimes.us) denounce all these crimes committed against children and humanity as a whole in the name of religion. World governments and the media work hand in hand to cover it up. For more information, please visit: http://www.vaticancrimes.us and http://www.protegeatushijos.org To reach us write to us at contact@vaticancrimes.us We thank Dr. Jose Luis De Jesus, the Man Christ Jesus, who has made his global communication network available to expose these truths - Radio NetGracia and TeleGracia TV. Charges of sexual and psychological abuse, molestation, and rape of children by Catholic Church priests have been made in the United States, Ireland, Kenya, The Philippines, Austria, Belgium, Croatia, The Czech Republic, France, Germany, Italy, Malta, The Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Slovenia, Sweden, Great Britain, Canada, Mexico, Australia, New Zealand, Argentina, Brazil, Chile, and Peru. The Protect Your Children Foundation invites you to take a look at the organized crime schemes orchestrated by the Catholic Church worldwide: English: http://jh.to/organizedcrime Spanish: http://jh.to/crimenes Portuguese: http://jh.to/casosdocrimeorganizado Italian: http://jh.to/criminalita Visit www.jh.to/lawsuits to learn of alarming amounts paid for sexual abuse cases and how much greater this total would be considering that less than 10% of victims speak out, and of those, only 10% actually make it to court. For more info, visit: English: http://www.vaticancrimes.us Spanish: http://www.protegeatushijos.org Portuguese: http://www.protejateusfilhos.org or write to us at contact@vaticancrimes.us

The following is one of the many reports made by governments and courts around the world evidencing abuse committed by the Catholic Church unto innocent children. We invite you to browse through our scribd channel to find more (www.scribd.com/VaticanCrimes). The Protect Your Children Foundation along with Vatican Crimes Exposed (www.vaticancrimes.us) denounce all these crimes committed against children and humanity as a whole in the name of religion. World governments and the media work hand in hand to cover it up. For more information, please visit: http://www.vaticancrimes.us and http://www.protegeatushijos.org To reach us write to us at contact@vaticancrimes.us We thank Dr. Jose Luis De Jesus, the Man Christ Jesus, who has made his global communication network available to expose these truths - Radio NetGracia and TeleGracia TV. Charges of sexual and psychological abuse, molestation, and rape of children by Catholic Church priests have been made in the United States, Ireland, Kenya, The Philippines, Austria, Belgium, Croatia, The Czech Republic, France, Germany, Italy, Malta, The Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Slovenia, Sweden, Great Britain, Canada, Mexico, Australia, New Zealand, Argentina, Brazil, Chile, and Peru. The Protect Your Children Foundation invites you to take a look at the organized crime schemes orchestrated by the Catholic Church worldwide: English: http://jh.to/organizedcrime Spanish: http://jh.to/crimenes Portuguese: http://jh.to/casosdocrimeorganizado Italian: http://jh.to/criminalita Visit www.jh.to/lawsuits to learn of alarming amounts paid for sexual abuse cases and how much greater this total would be considering that less than 10% of victims speak out, and of those, only 10% actually make it to court. For more info, visit: English: http://www.vaticancrimes.us Spanish: http://www.protegeatushijos.org Portuguese: http://www.protejateusfilhos.org or write to us at contact@vaticancrimes.us

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Chapter 1 OverviewIntroduction
1.1 The Dublin Archdiocese Commission of Investigation was establishedin March 2006 to report on the handling by Church and State authorities of arepresentative sample of allegations and suspicions of child sexual abuseagainst clerics operating under the aegis of the Archdiocese of Dublin overthe period 1975 - 2004. The report of the Commission was published (withsome redaction as a result of court orders) in November 2009. Towards theend of its remit, on 31 March 2009, the Government asked the Commission tocarry out a similar investigation into the Catholic Diocese of Cloyne.1.2 During the Cloyne investigation the Commission examined allcomplaints, allegations, concerns and suspicions of child sexual abuse byrelevant clerics made to the diocesan and other Catholic Church authoritiesand public and State authorities in the period 1 January 1996 – 1 February2009.1.3 This report deals with the outcome of the Cloyne investigation. InChapters 2 – 8, the report outlines how the Commission conducted theinvestigation; the organisational structures of the Diocese of Cloyne and therelevant State authorities, that is, the Gardaí, the Director of PublicProsecutions (DPP) and the health authorities; and the general background tothe handling of complaints including an outline of the canon law andprocedures involved and the financing of the costs involved.1.4 Chapters 9 26 describe the cases of 19 clerics about whom therewere complaints, allegations or concerns in the period 1 January 1996 – 1February 2009. Below the Commission gives an overview of what thesecases show.
Context of this report
1.5 The context of this report differs significantly from the context of theCommission’s
Report into the Catholic Archdiocese of Dublin 
. It deals withallegations made in the period after 1996, the year in which the CatholicChurch in Ireland put in place detailed procedures for dealing with childsexual abuse and two years after the State had been convulsed by the Fr
 
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Brendan Smyth case. This meant that the so-called ‘learning curve’ which itwas claimed excused very poor handling of complaints in other dioceses inthe past could not have had any basis or relevance in Cloyne. BothMonsignor Denis O’Callaghan, the vicar general in the diocese charged withinvestigating complaints of child sexual abuse against priests, and MrDiarmaid Ó Catháin the solicitor retained by the diocese to deal with any legalimplications arising from cases of child sexual abuse, told the Commissionthat they had followed what was happening in North America in relation toclerical child sexual abuse. Monsignor O’Callaghan told the Commission:
I suppose we thought that would be out there, you know, that in fact Ireland would be protected from that kind of situation and therefore it was only I’d say in the 1990s that it dawned on us we better get up to speed on this because also another factor, a lot of the priests who were being accused of sex abuse were Irish. A lot of them had been ordained in Ireland and therefore all you had to do was look over the names on the list anywhere and you got that picture, so I suppose that certainly struck us at that stage, it did.” 
Number of complaints
1.6 It is important to emphasise that it was not the function of theCommission to establish whether or not child sexual abuse actually tookplace but rather to record the manner in which complaints were dealt with byChurch and State authorities.1.7 The Commission received information about complaints, suspicions,concerns or knowledge of child sexual abuse in respect of 32 named clericsand one unnamed cleric. The Commission concluded that 19 of these clericswere within remit, including the unnamed cleric. The others were not in remiteither because they were not connected to the Diocese of Cloyne or becausethe complaints were made outside the period under remit. Of the 163 clericslisted in the Diocese of Cloyne
Diocesan Directory 
for 1996, there have beenallegations made or concerns expressed about 12 (7.6%).1.8 The Commission is aware of some 40 people who may have beenaffected by clerical child sexual abuse in the Diocese of Cloyne. All but twocomplaints came from people who were adults at the time the complaint wasmade; these complaints are usually called ‘historical complaints’.
 
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1.9 Of the 19 clerics within remit, there are 12 clerics against whom asingle complaint was made. No attempt was made by the Diocese of Cloyneto ascertain if there were others who had complaints to make against theseclerics. The Commission itself was able to ascertain that, in the case ofFather Rion, (see Chapter 20) at least two complaints of a similar nature hadbeen made against him during his time in Australia.1.10 Four clerics were dead when the first complaint against them wasmade. One of the complaints was of abuse which allegedly occurred as farback as the 1930s. There was no attempt made by the Diocese of Cloyne tofind out anything about these priests and the complaints were not reported tothe civil authorities.1.11 At least six other clerics were retired or approaching retirement agewhen the first complaint against them was made. Again, no attempt wasmade to find out anything further about these clerics and only some of thecomplaints were reported to the civil authorities. One of these clericsadmitted to abusing at least four children during his early years as a priest.No attempt was made by Church authorities or the Gardaí to ascertain if therehad been other incidents involving this priest. The Gardaí were not told bythe diocese of all the admissions made by this priest.1.12 One priest from the Diocese of Cloyne has been convicted of childsexual abuse. The DPP decided to prosecute another priest for child sexualabuse but the priest was successful in the Supreme Court in stopping his trialbecause of his age, his ill health and the delay.
The priests - where they are now
1.13 As already stated, this report describes the handling of allegationsmade against 19 clerics. Of these, 15 were or are incardinated
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in theDiocese of Cloyne. One priest was incardinated in the Archdiocese ofBrisbane; he is dead. The unknown priest is almost certainly dead – it is notknown where he was incardinated but the Commission considers it very likelythat he was incardinated in Cloyne. One priest is a member of a religious
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See Appendix 3: Glossary of Terms.

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