More on the Ferns Inquiry report

The publication of the Ferns Inquiry report, noted here, has been followed by a number of statements from other diocese containing their own statistics on allegations of, and confirmed cases of, abuse – as well as an announcement of an inquiry focusing on the Dublin diocese, which has acknowleged a settled cases cost of €4.07m. However, despite being available, by mail, from the Department of Health and Children, according to this lengthy RTÉ report – “The report will not be published on the Internet because of legal advice.” A note that is missing from the press release and the guidance notes. The ever-observant Irish Eagle, however, has found someone who didn’t get that particular memo.. the US-based Voice of The Faithful website has the report in PDF form available to download.

  • Concerned Loyalist

    The Roman Catholic Church and it’s attitude towards child sex abuse at the hands of their paedophile priests, is an absolute, complete and utter disgrace.

  • Brian Boru

    Agreed which is why people here in the South no longer accept orders from them. This qill hasten the completion of the secularisation fo the South, which no longer has references to the Catholic Church’s “special place” in our constitution, and which no longer bans homosexuality, contraception or divorce. Of course, neither do we have a head of state who must be of a particular religion so maybe certain other country’s could learn from us in that regard. 🙂

  • Henry94

    The respone from the Bishops to this damming report has been all spin. Acting contrite and offering soothing words is not enough. What people have to recognise is that in the structure of the Church a Bishop is accountable to nobody. That is a huge problem because Bishops are often incompetent sometimes compromised and occasionally alcoholic.

    A Cardinal can’t dismiss a Bishop

    Casey and Comiskey were shamed into resigning but had they hung on they would have been very hard to get rid of.

    That lack of accountability means the Church can’t and shouldn’t be expected to police itself in relation to criminal matters. It is for the state to make and enforce the law. It should ride roughshod over the structures of the Church where the law of the land is broken. As it would with any other organisation.

  • IJP

    Henry‘s last paragraph is very important.

    I was surprised that no one, as far as I saw, picked up on this part of the subsequent Alliance Party press statement, quoting Philip McGarry:

    “… It is topical to talk about Northern Ireland’s past, but the Irish State has a lot to be ashamed of too. This is reflected by the collusion between Church and State that has allowed a cover up on this issue to happen for decades.

    The highest standards of child protection, and of basic human rights and social justice, must apply right across the island. This is a challenge for the Republic just as much as it is for the North, and there is no reason we can’t work on an island-wide basis to meet it.”

  • wolfsbane

    Yes, the record of the Free State/Republic does vindicate historic Unionism’s case against Home Rule: ‘Home Rule is Rome Rule’. Not that Unionism conducted itself well in dealing with nationalists within its borders, but surely it must be healthy if all in Ireland take an honest look at the realities of the past 100 years.

    Unionists should have made Northern Ireland a warm home for the Irish, examplifying the benefits of British toleration; then our nationalist neighbours would have been in a better mind-set to choose between that and the priest-ridden society to the south.

    Where did the openness of Protestants to a United Ireland go after 1798? It evaporated with the realization that Irish catholics generally could not be trusted to preserve civil and religious liberty. Protestants feared their neighbours had a slave mentality toward the Roman Church. History has vindicated that. Thankfully, those days seem to be drawing to a close.

  • John

    I want to send this anonymously and only in bloggs under a false email, I was the victim of horrific abuse in my childhood and have never spoken out about it, my parents are now deceased and as a middle aged man I think it is too late to start a path I’m not sure I want to go.

    One thing that sickens me is the fact that all the emphasis is on the Ferns report – I was abused by a trusted family friend, and the 100 or so victims of clergy in Ferns are the only victims that the Irish State is taking seriously. Even 1 in 4 is quiet on the fact that the 100 victims, and I have nothing but sympathy for them and I am not saying anything against them, only represent a tiny fraction of the thousands of us that suffered abuse. I would personally think it is even higher than 1 in 4 and I feel that I have been doubly abused because my abuser was poor and therefore nobody will be paying me compensation that will interest the so-called champions of truth in the Irish media. No sir, they choose to spend all their time chasing a juicy bit of gossip about bishops and stuff like that and cover up the vast majority of victims in their efforts to find what they consider news worthy.

    All said, the real cover up in Ireland is the fact that only some victims count and the Ferns thing shows that its a very small group that are to be considered and the rest of us can be f***ed over again cos our stories aren’t that importanant compared to stories that embarras bishops and politicians

    Sorry I can’t sign this but my dignity has been compromised enough in the past without me risking it again, I’m just a voice and I don’t expect or ask anybody to listen to me and as the people who matter are not here to tell the question of who believes me is not a issue for me anymore

    Read English newspapers there far more interesting and less patronising