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No change in the Catholic Church policy towards child abuse

Another report has come out on the coverup of child abuse by the Catholic Church in Ireland. The Cloyne Report was specifically commissioned to investigate whether the Church has modified its approach based on relevations in the 80s and 90s. The report specifically looked at the Diocese of Cloyne during period from 1996 to 2008. The mission of the report was

to consider whether the response of the Church and State authorities to complaints and allegations of clerical child sexual abuse was “adequate or appropriate” and to establish the response to suspicions and concerns about clerical child sexual abuse. In assessing how the diocesan and other Church authorities dealt with complaints, the Commission has judged them by the standards set in their own documents – the Framework Document and Our Children, Our Church.

During 1996-2008, allegations of child abuse were made against 7.6% of the priests in the Diocese. So how did the Church respond to these allegations?

No attempt was made by the Diocese of Cloyne to ascertain if there were others who had complaints to make against these clerics. The Commission itself was able to ascertain that, in the case of Father Rion, (see Chapter 20) at least two complaints of a similar nature had been made against him during his time in Australia.

At least six other clerics were retired or approaching retirement age when the first complaint against them was made. Again, no attempt was made to find out anything further about these clerics and only some of the complaints were reported to the civil authorities. One of these clerics admitted 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 there had been other incidents involving this priest. The Gardaí were not told by the diocese of all the admissions made by this priest.

And when the Commission judged the Church by the standards set forth in their own documents, how did they fair?

The response of the Diocese of Cloyne to complaints and allegations of clerical child sexual abuse in the period 1996 to 2008 was inadequate and inappropriate.

Contrary to repeated assertions on its part, the Diocese of Cloyne did not implement the procedures set out in the Church protocols for dealing with allegations of child sexual abuse. The main failures were:
(a) The failure to report all complaints to the Gardaí;
(b) The failure to report any complaints to the health authorities between 1996 and 2008;
(c) The failure to appoint support people;
(d) The failure to operate an independent advisory panel.

As I've said before, the Catholic Church will never be able to fix the problem until they fully admit that they are the problem - not secular society, not the 1960s hippy culture and not homosexuality. And while we wait for the Church to accept that, child molestors are still being protected by the Church.

Reader Comments (2)

The Vatican should make the same conclusions as News of the World made and close down after all these scandals

July 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCedric


For Immediate Release
Monday, July 29, 2011

Contact: Richard Wagner, Ph.D., ACS
Phone: 206-709-8813
Email:  wagner@gaycatholicpriests.org
Website: http://gaycatholicpriests.org/

Gay Catholic Priest Breaks Silence Over Church Abuse of Power

Richard Wagner, Ph.D., is the only Catholic priest in the world with a doctorate in human sexuality. He is a gay man and the author of the seminal work - Gay Catholic Priests; A Study of Cognitive and Affective Dissonance. The media firestorm that erupted after its publication and the backlash within his religious community because of its publication eventually destroyed his public priesthood.

Now Richard speaks out again. His latest book, SECRECY, SOPHISTRY AND GAY SEX IN THE CATHOLIC CHURCH; The Systematic Destruction Of An Oblate Priest, provides an intimate and disturbing look into the unseemly inner-workings the Catholic Church. It is a story of how this institution deals with dissent in its midst, and to what lengths it will go to silence a whistle-blower. It involves the highest levels of the Vatican bureaucracy, secret documents, corporate incompetence, canonical corruption, and institutionalized homophobia on an epic scale.

His account of ecclesiastical malfeasance is both timely and in sync with current trends in the popular culture, from the gay marriage debate to the revelation of rampant clergy sexual misconduct.

Richard's story reveals Church corruption, criminality and abuse of power that was once cloaked in secrecy to avoid detection. His is a story of a religious institution that will even violate its core principles to protect its public image. In other words, this is a story of a Church out of control.

At the same time Richard's story is unfolding an unimaginable scandal, involving hundreds of Catholic priests across the globe, is also brewing. Cardinals, bishops and provincials worldwide are furtively shuffling pedophile priest from one crime scene to another. Plus they are involved in a massive corporate cover up of their own crimes and those of their brother clergy.

While Richard is being singled out for 13 years of Church vitriol, public character assassination and communal shunning these same Church leaders and others are lying, prevaricating and sabotaging any effort to uncover the burgeoning clergy sexual abuse scandal that now rock the front pages of newspapers all over the world.

The public panic, among Church officials, exhibited toward Richard-a single up-front gay priest in their midst-is in stark contrast to their apathetic and anemic response to the systemic clergy sexual misconduct and abuse that engulfs them.

Richard has first-hand knowledge of this clergy abuse. He was repeatedly sexually molested by his superior as a 14-year-old boy in an Oblate seminary in southern Illinois.

Brief Bio
Richard Wagner, Ph.D., ACS - Psychotherapist, Clinical Sexologist in private practice in Seattle, WA. I've been a practitioner of Sex Therapy and Relationship Counseling for 30 years.

My practice includes a special outreach to survivors of clergy sex abuse. I've had numerous opportunities to work with clergy offenders. And I am available to clergy abuse survivors and their advocates as a consultant, expert witness and/or therapist.

I design, develop and produce long and short-term seminars and workshops for healing and helping professionals including religious leaders. And I've have facilitated support groups for gay clergy of numerous denominations for many years.

I'm involved in numerous sex education and sexual enrichment projects. One such outlet is my online sex advice column that I've been writing for the past 15 years. During that time it's been syndicated on a number of sites. Now my column and weekly podcasts has a home of their own: drdicksexadvice.com. I am also a guest columnist on several other websites.

July 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterRichard Wagner

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