Ireland: Gov't report finds bishops didn't follow own abuse guidelines

by Dennis Coday

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NCR will have a complete report on this soon. Until then, read what the independent The Irish Catholic is reporting:

Cloyne Report reveals guidelines not implemented

Allegation of 'inappropriate' behaviour against Bishop John Magee

The Murphy investigation into the handling of allegations of child sexual abuse against clerics in the Diocese of Cloyne has concluded that the Church’s own guidelines were “not fully or consistently implemented” in the diocese as recently as 2008.

The report, concluded by Judge Yvonne Murphy, also reveals that Bishop John Magee (left) has admitted to what has been described as inappropriate behaviour with a young man who he embraced, kissed and told the young aspirant for the priesthood that he loved him.

The 400-page report also records for the first time stark disagreement between Irish bishops over whether Bishop Magee – a former secretary to three Popes – should quit as Bishop of Cloyne after he was found in December 2008 by the National Board for Safeguarding Children in the Catholic Church (NBSCCC) to be operating child safeguarding policies that were “inadequate and in some respects dangerous”.

The full story is here Cloyne Report reveals guidelines not implemented

A copy of the 400-page document is here: Report by Commission of Investigation into Catholic Diocese of Cloyne

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