Further section of Catholic Abuse Report published - Cloyne/Irland
The final part of the Cloyne Report has been
published, again detailing the failure of the Catholic Church to report
alleged child abuse.
The section published today concerns
allegations surrounding a priest known as 'Father Ronat', and how these
complaints were not dealt with properly from 1995 to 2008 by Bishop
Magee, Monsignor O'Callaghan and at least three priests. Chapter nine of the Cloyne Report highlights how "Ronat" was allowed continue in unrestricted ministry for around a decade. The High Court cleared the way last week for this portion of the report to be published. The
Justice Minister Alan Shatter said the publication of redacted portions
of the Cloyne Report detailed the Catholic Church's failure to comply
with its own child abuse guidelines.
His comments come after the
remaining part of Chapter nine of the report into clerical child abuse
was released by the Government this evening.Minister Shatter
said the section published today also highlighted the Church's failure
to ensure that abuse allegations were brought to the notice of the
Gardaí when first received. Children's Minister Francis
Fitzgerald said the report showed how those operating in the Diocese of
Cloyne were only interested in protecting the Church.
report highlights complainants' concerns up to 2008. The Church's
guidelines were in place. The State's guidelines were in place, and you
still did not see the kind of best practice that should have been there
in relation to protecting children," she said.