Fintan Monahan, the RC bishop of Kilaloe, is refusing to give Ger Fitzgerald’s former mistress a proper answer about how he has handled the situation and how he is going to prevent the priest targetting other women in the future.
Her has had an unknown number of women in his life since his time in the seminary.
He told Yvonne little bits about a number of other women he had been with.
I don’t know if he came clean with Fintan Monahan about these matters. I suspect he has not.
We know he initially denied his affair with Yvonne but when she produced six months of recorded information to Fintan he admitted the Yvonne matter.
It seems that instead of taking disciplinary action against Ger, Fintan allowed him off the hook by allowing him to take a voluntary sabbatical.
Why does a relatively new priest get a sabbatical.
Many priests never take one.
Im 45 years ordained and Ive never had one – nor do I feel the need of one.
Ger should have been sent somewhere to seek and accept advice and direction and to face the question as to whether or not he is capable or willing to be celibate.
Having secret affairs with women in parishes is never a satisfactory situation and nearly always leads to people being hurt and to scandal.
As you will see in the emails below, Fintan has not properly addressed the Ger situation either with Ger or Yvonne.
It is the old story of bishops not veong honest and open with those hurt by prirsts and the church.
I have heard that you have convened a canonical inquiry into the actions and behaviour of Ger Fitzgerald.
I wish to formally request that I be allowed to give evidence to that inquiry.
cc Archbishop Okolo. Papal nuncio to Ireland.
I acknowledge your email.
At our meeting, you told me very little and I have no idea what the outcome of the investigation was.
Is Ger suspended? Is he on a leave of absence? Is he on a voluntary sabbatical?
And more importantly, what safeguards have you put in place to protect other women in the future from Ger’s predatory sexual behaviour?
Cc Papal Nuncio.
This last email from Fintan is really a two fingered response:
“I will tell you no more”.
“Please stop and go away”.
Not good, Fintan.
What next parish will you place him in?
And what of the ladies of that parish?