Donegal: Church Being ‘Attacked By Godless Culture’ Says Bishop

24 Aug

NEWS UPDATE:

Bishop asks O’Callaghan to stay silent

THE administrator of the Catholic Diocese of Cloyne has issued what amounts to a gagging order on its former child protection officer, Monsignor Denis O’Callaghan, as it emerged a local priest is receiving text messages from women who claim he molested them.

The priest, who has faced a string of sexual abuse allegations, has complained to north Cork gardaí that he is receiving unsolicited text messages.

Archbishop of Cashel and Emly Dr Dermot Clifford, Apostolic Administrator of Cloyne, has asked Mgr O’Callaghan not to make any further comment on his failure to implement child safety guidelines after he wrote a letter to the Irish Catholic newspaper seeking to explain his actions.

In the letter, Mgr O’Callaghan, the former diocesan child protection delegate, said he should have resigned his position rather than continue in a job where he disagreed with the child protection guidelines he was expected to enforce.

However, he insisted his primary focus was always on the pastoral care of “everyone suffering the consequences of sex abuse, primarily the victim but also the transgressor”.

Mgr O’Callaghan, who was criticised by the Murphy Commission for his inadequate handling of abuse allegations, wrote: “Judge Yvonne Murphy was made aware of the Cloyne commitment to pastoral care, but the commission focused on its remit of reporting on whether or not procedures were fulfilled.”
He also sought to justify his decision to ignore the mandatory requirement to report abuse allegations to the civil authorities on the grounds that, “for most of those priests accused in Cloyne the complaints alleged incidents dating back over 30 or 40 years”.

In response, Dr Clifford said he agreed Mgr O’Callaghan should have resigned once he decided he could not implement the 1996 Framework Document from the Catholic Bishops on safeguarding of children, as his bishop, Dr Magee, had agreed to implement it.

Meanwhile, the priest in receipt of text messages has told gardaí that they have been “very stressful” for him.

Two women, accompanied by solicitors, have been interviewed by gardaí in relation to the matter and a file is being sent to the DPP.

The victims expressed deep anger at the priest’s actions.

One woman said: “He is just playing the system again. Everything has been done by the Church for this man, and here he is causing us more pain all over again.”

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Bishop John Magee’s number two, Monsignor Denis O’Callaghan, has admitted he should have resigned as child protection delegate rather than continue in a job where he disagreed with the child protection guidelines he was supposed to enforce.

Msgr O’Callaghan came in for sharp criticism in the Cloyne Report for his role in failing to respond appropriately to abuse allegations.

In a letter published in The Irish Catholic newspaper, Msgr O’Callaghan, who had responsibility for child safeguarding in the diocese, insists that his primary focus was always on the pastoral care of ‘everyone suffering the consequences of sex abuse, primarily the victim but also the transgressor.’

He wrote: ‘Judge Yvonne Murphy was made aware of the Cloyne commitment to pastoral care but the commission focussed on its remit of reporting on whether or not procedures were fulfilled.’

He also appears to justify his non-acceptance of mandatory reporting to the civil authorities of abuse allegations insisting that ‘for most of those priests accused in Cloyne the complaints alleged incidents dating back over 30 or 40 years.

‘Of those priests some would now be terminally ill while others would be under constant medical care.

‘The literal guidelines did not allow for any discretion to bishops and to their delegates. Reporting was to be made immediately. No exception was to be made even when an accused priest was on his death-bed,’ he adds.

Church attacked by ‘arrows of godless culture’

Bishop of Raphoe Dr Philip Boyce has said the Catholic Church is being ‘attacked by the arrows of a secular and godless culture.’

Dr Boyce also said the church was rocked from the inside by the sins and crimes of priests and consecrated people.

An independent review of diocesan files relating to child abuse allegations against priests in the bishop’s Donegal diocese is nearing completion.

He has promised to publish the findings of the National Board for Safeguarding Children in the Catholic Church when he receives them, which is likely to be next month.

Bishop Boyce made his remarks last Saturday but they were not released to journalists until yesterday evening.

He told worshippers at the Novena at the Marian Shrine in Knock, Co Mayo, that they were living through a testing moment of history and a spiritual dark night now engulfs the church.

The bishop urged Catholics to act hopefully and with patience and predicted that the church would rise again.

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The Catholic Bishop of Raphoe has said the church was being attacked from the outside by the arrows of a secular and Godless culture.

Independent review of files in Raphoe is almost finished

Independent review of files in Raphoe is almost finished
Catholic Bishop of Raphoe Dr Philip Boyce has said the Catholic Church is being attacked by the arrows of a secular and Godless culture.

Dr Boyce also said it was rocked from the inside by the sins and crimes of priests and consecrated people.

An independent review of diocesan files relating to child abuse allegations against priests is nearing completion in the bishop’s Donegal diocese.

He has promised to publish the findings of the National Board for Safeguarding Children in the Catholic Church when he receives them, which is likely to be next month.

Bishop Boyce made his remarks last Saturday but they were not released to journalists until yesterday evening.

He told worshippers at the Novena at the Marian shrine in Knock, Co Mayo that they were living through a testing moment of history and a spiritual dark night now engulfs the church.

The bishop urged Catholics to act hopefully and with patience and predicted that the church would rise again.

(Editor’s note: It is the deviant culture of paedophilia within the Catholic Church that is the GOD-LESS dynamic. The Church and its SENIOR MINISTERS failed to protect children, but instead – protected the institution of the Chuch which over long decades has acted to protect clerical paedophiles, while the Church as an institution was fostered to act as an organ of incubation for paedophilia and a ‘SAFE HOUSE’ for ACTIVE PAEDOPHILES). J. P.

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