Archbishop Richard A. Burke, S.P.S.
Accused 2009 of 1983 sexual abuse of 14-year-old girl in Nigeria. [See victim’s statement.] Resigned 2010, age 61, per canon 401.2. Admitted “failure to observe his oath of celibacy.” Sued RTÉ, claiming victim was 20, not 14. Suit settled 2015: RTÉ paid legal costs but made no concession on victim’s age. Benin City archbishop emeritus.
Bishop Eamonn Casey
Resigned 1992, age 65, after revelation that he fathered a child in 1970s. Fled Ireland, worked in Ecuador missions, then English diocese. Accused 2005 of sexual assault of girl, age 5, 30 years earlier. Casey denied accusation. Not charged. Returned to Ireland 2006. Retired to nursing home 2011. New accusation April 2016 by a Limerick woman. Remained Galway and Kilmacduagh bishop emeritus until his death March 13, 2017. News report March 2019 that victim who reported Casey in 2005 was his niece; she says she was raped and sexually abused by Casey for a decade beginning at age 5. News report also revealed settlements with two other victims: the Limerick woman who came forward in 2016, and another woman compensated by the Redress board in 2005. Both women allege being sexually assaulted by Casey as children in the 1950s and 1960s.
Bishop Brendan Oliver Comiskey, SS.CC.
Resigned 2002, age 66, per canon 401.2, after revelations that he protected serial abuser Fr. Sean Fortune. Ferns inquiry in 2005 reported two allegations against Comiskey: 1990 complaint of misconduct toward young woman over age 16, and accusation by Fortune in his 1999 suicide note. Comiskey denied both. Ferns bishop emeritus.
Bishop John Magee, S.P.S.
Stepped aside but didn’t resign 2009 after internal watchdog report that he had mishandled two abusive priests. State launched its own inquiry. Resignation announced 2010, per canon 401.2. State’s report 2011 revealed more cover-up and 2008 report to church of Magee’s inappropriate behavior toward teen, age 17-18. Magee admitted conduct, denied sexual intent. Not charged. Cloyne bishop emeritus.
Archbishop John Charles McQuaid, C.S.Sp.
Retired 1971, age 76, as Dublin archbishop. Died 1973. First accused of sex abuse in 1999 book. News in 2011 that McQuaid was cleric described in 2010 supplement to Murphy report with two complaints of child sex abuse, including of a 12-year-old boy in 1961, and one “separate concern.”
These are the cases we know about.
There have been, are and will be others.
I’ve always doubted the story of McQuaid trying to seduce a publicans 15 year old son in the upstairs of a Drumcondra pub.
The mention in the Murphy report supplement is more worrying.
As are the other concerns.
It is reputed that two Garda files on McQuaid were made to disappear?
The other cases suggest a pattern.
AUGUST 4 TH – FEAST OF ST JOHN VIANNEY – PATRON SAINT OF PRIESTS.
The body of St. Jean-Baptiste-Marie Vianney, entombed in the Basilica of Ars, France.
In 2009, the Church’s Year for Priests, Pope Benedict XVI wrote compellingly on the lessons of the saint:
The Curé of Ars was very humble, yet as a priest he was conscious of being an immense gift to his people: “A good shepherd, a pastor after God’s heart, is the greatest treasure which the good Lord can grant to a parish, and one of the most precious gifts of divine mercy”.
He spoke of the priesthood as if incapable of fathoming the grandeur of the gift and task entrusted to a human creature: “O, how great is the priest! … If he realized what he is, he would die… God obeys him: he utters a few words and the Lord descends from heaven at his voice, to be contained within a small host…”.
Explaining to his parishioners the importance of the sacraments, he would say: “Without the Sacrament of Holy Orders, we would not have the Lord. Who put him there in that tabernacle? The priest. Who welcomed your soul at the beginning of your life? The priest. Who feeds your soul and gives it strength for its journey? The priest. Who will prepare it to appear before God, bathing it one last time in the blood of Jesus Christ? The priest, always the priest. And if this soul should happen to die [as a result of sin], who will raise it up, who will restore its calm and peace? Again, the priest… After God, the priest is everything!
… Only in heaven will he fully realize what he is”.
These words, welling up from the priestly heart of the holy pastor, might sound excessive. Yet they reveal the high esteem in which he held the sacrament of the priesthood. He seemed overwhelmed by a boundless sense of responsibility: “Were we to fully realize what a priest is on earth, we would die: not of fright, but of love…
Without the priest, the passion and death of our Lord would be of no avail. It is the priest who continues the work of redemption on earth… What use would be a house filled with gold, were there no one to open its door? The priest holds the key to the treasures of heaven: it is he who opens the door: he is the steward of the good Lord; the administrator of his goods … Leave a parish for twenty years without a priest, and they will end by worshiping the beasts there … The priest is not a priest for himself, he is a priest for you”.
EATING IS HARD WORK.
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KOB was Irish Born. I am sure the lost would be cast of you included all those with an Irish connection…you also missed off bishops Seamus Heggarty of Raphoe, McAreavey, Morriarty, amd Murray
They have never been convicted.
Bishop McAreavey went only because of bad management of the case.
the HOLY GOD will vindicated these GOOD MEN and PUNISH the liars towards them
ANY romanist biishop is bound to be bad.
4.43: Oh my God. Magna Carta: what’s new. A short sentence, written breathless, no doubt, after an intake of weed!! Stay asleep, hater.
Yes that they are, Magna. and have the gall to moralise about the time other people comment!
DLF meekly follows bishops lead on communions and confirmations.
So how are you different?
Mother of God will you catch yourself on. Come back and tell us when Pat Buckley is mentioned on Bishop Accountability.
6:18 You mean you admit that all bishops are either abusers themselves or facilitators of abuse?
There is a whole list of priests and brothers convicted of sexually abusing minors in the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland on the same site. There doesn’t seem to be a similar list for Scotland or England.
Terry rafferty ( Newry)
Good to see his name on it !!
Dirty man indeed
I am surprised the old queen Desmond Connell doesn’t feature as she was one of a number of senior clergy to have been heavily criticised for inaction and for making misleading statements in connection with clerical sex abuse in Dublin.
Old Queens dominate the Catholic Church yesterday, today and forever.
And with Old Queens you get every conceivable vice:
Spite, Cruelty, Greed. Hypocrisy, Hatred, Cover Up, Narcissism, Misogyny, Manipulation, Crime sexual and financial). Craven Cowardice and Celibacy masquerading as virtue concealing vice.
Of course they also harbour old pervs like Casey and Burke.
Burke and Casey blatantly we’re not for fit office. Probably should never have been ordained.
Didn’t know Casey was accused by niece of raping her she was 5. Astonishing and Staggering.
Burke was shagging his way through his Nigerian parishioners and I have no doubt his victim was 14 when they got it on
Magee raging homosexual and probably thought he was untouchable given his Pail VI connection who clearly liked to surround himself with the gay mafia.
It’s a dogs dinner – they are all accidents waiting to happen.
Ireland like Poland especially corrupt as Chirch and State work together to cover up and bury scandal.
McQuaid banned sanitary towels because he thought they stimulate the clitoris and gave pleasure – er what the hell would a dried up celibate like him know about sanitary towels and the clitoris.
He looked like a precious old Queen whom I’m sure could be pastoral and charming but also dark and perverted.
I’m sure they buried and covered up anything substantial on him.
Actually McQuaid reminds me of Newman – they both have that Maiden Aunt look.
They say Newman was shrill and effeminate I imagine McQuaid the same.
Newman was often mistaken for an old woman whenever he went out of the Oratory in latter years. I imagine the +Aul Doll will, eventually, end up the same in due course.
The rebarbative is swinging her reticule. You have no place in civilised debate.
The real truth about Casey has yet to appear> he was actually a member of the Lizard people. They are an alien race that came to earth in 1395, then their allies inter stellar craft crash landed in the south of France They have the ability to appear human but in fact they are actually an alien race of Lizards. I am very sure that at least seventeen current Irish bishops are Lizard. and likewise I believe that at least two commentators here on this blog are Lizard people. The majority of Roman Catholic clerics, are lizard people they eat children and shed their skin five times a year as the air on earth is toxic to them. Last November, the political fate of America was once again put to a vote. But for the millions of Americans who believe in lizard people, this vote had bigger implications — like thwarting an ongoing plot of world domination.
The idea of shape-shifting lizards taking human forms in a plot to rule America and the world has become one of the most majestic and marvelous conspiracy theories created by mankind (or lizardkind, if you will). In 2008, “lizard people” found its way onto the Minnesota’s midterm ballot with some controversy.
As pundits continue to extrapolate on what the Republican win in the midterms means for the country, there are people around this country who hope their votes did something crucial — kept the country safe from lizard people for the next few years.
What is a lizard person?
Lizard people are cold-blooded humanoid reptilians who have the power to shape-shift into human form. According to David Icke, a new-age philosopher and one of the most prominent theorists in the lizard people game, these creatures have had their claws in humankind since ancient time, and world leaders like Queen Elizabeth, George W. Bush, the Clintons, and Bob Hope are all lizard people. Pope Benedict and Pope Francis are Lizard people in fact the last no Lizard Pope was Paul V. In Dublin several of the celery are Sorocco, that is they are Lizard Queens capable of breeding. Moving the remains of Cardinal Cullen who was also a Sorocco from the vault in Clonliffe College to the Pro Cathedral was also for the purpose that Cullen could continue the lay the fifteen Lizard eggs he lays each year. The younger Sorocco lay many more eggs but the Cullen Sorocco eggs are all Sorocco in turn, Cullen is the last surviving member of the crew of the crash landed craft and has been on earth since 1395.
They are among us. Blood-drinking, flesh-eating, shape-shifting extraterrestrial reptilian humanoids with only one objective in their cold-blooded little heads: to enslave the human race. They are our leaders, our corporate executives, our beloved Oscar-winning actors and Grammy-winning singers, and they’re responsible for the Holocaust, the Oklahoma City bombings and the 9/11 attacks … at least according to former BBC sports reporter David Icke, who became the poster human for the theory in 1998 after publishing his first book, The Biggest Secret, which contained interviews with two Brits who claimed members of the royal family are nothing more than reptiles with crowns. (Picture Dracula meets Swamp Thing).
The conspiracy theorist and New Age philosopher, who wore only turquoise for a time and insisted on being called Son of God-Head, says these “Annunaki” (the reptiles) have controlled humankind since ancient times; they count among their number Queen Elizabeth, George W. Bush, Henry Kissinger, Bill and Hillary Clinton and Bob Hope. Encroaching on other conspiracy theorists’ territory, Icke even claims that the lizards are behind secret societies like the Freemasons and the Illuminati. Since earning the dubious title of “paranoid of the decade” in the late 1990s, Icke has written several books on the topic, including his latest work, The David Icke Guide to the Global Conspiracy, while operating his own website
Casey was nice to meet and went back to priestly ministry abroad after his downfall – when others in such situations hid away.
But you cannot mention Casey without giving a thought to his Secretary… Dermot Clifford… the man who did the hiding..
What an effusive crock Vianney spoke about priests!
Gifts? Tell that to the kiddies these men harmed, and whose souls they murdered.
Gifts from Hell, morelike.
Financial abuse is the next big thing to hit the church – all that collection plate skimming on a Sunday night, the undeclared Mass stipends and stole fees… not to mention those priests who manage to get themselves included as beneficiary of a Will… https://www.pillarcatholic.com/p/do-diocesan-theft-hotlines-suggest
Ah but! You’re overlooking the fact that priests are gifts to humanity, according to Vianney.
What do these peccadilloes matter when they give us so much in return? They do, don’t they? Give us so much in return? 🤔
Cardinal Brady doesn’t get a mention for his role in carrying out investigations?
‘Investigations’ ? Lol
Will just agree to be silent….. says Brady
+ Pat. It is terrible that in the past that there was Priests, Bishops and Religious who did not live the life they should have.
But one thing worries me about the amount of Priests, Bishops and Religious that have stood aside after an allegation or allegations were made against them. That is as you have alluded to in your piece that many of them have never had any charges (in a court of law) been proven against them.
The number of priests and religious who did abuse people in any way is very small compared to the amount of priest and religious there is out there, the majority of whom are fine men and women who go above the call of duty in their care for people.
For me it is all too easy to make a complaint that the complainant knows is not true and in doing so ruins a man or woman’s life for the rest of their life.
I have no doubt there is many men and woman out there who have been ordained or professed, who have had allegations made against them, who have stood down while an investigation takes place who if false allegations were not made would be a great asset to the church in whatever capacity they filled before an allegation was made against them.
I know of a small number of people who had allegations made against them, who have become laicised either before or after allegations (false allegations) were made against them and who have found it hard to rebuild their life as people who want to believe the false allegations time and time again point the finger and call them abusers or whatever.
I for one would have no problem with the likes of Eamon Casey or Michael Cleary or any other present or former priest or religious creating a new life if the two people involved did so consenting, but there is no way I would stand up for a priest/religious (Eamon Casey as an example) if he or she was interfering sexually or mentally with a child or a person who was not a willing participant in what was happening.
I admire the man or woman who knowingly that they are innocent who will stand down after an allegation is made against them as an attempt is made to clear their name, but nobody should be judged until they are cleared or charged in a court of law, with the exception of someone like Sean Fortune etc who chickened out of trying to clear their name after an allegation is made. What he done clearly showed that he was guilty and did not want to spend time in prison for his actions.
There are two things wrong with your comment.
1. You talk as if abuse was in the past. It isn’t.
2. You refer to priests having to stand aside without being found guilty in a court of law. That is because the evidence required in a court of law is very high indeed and if only the convicted stood aside there would be many abusers free to run around.
The level of evidence required by safeguarding is lower and based on whether it is likely. It very frequently happens that an allegation is likely but it would never get as far as court. This applies outside the church in areas such as teaching etc.
If you are actually a priest I would respectfully suggest that you have learned nothing from the scandal and learned nothing from any training you have had.
There are several things wrong with your post.
One correct point is that the sexual abuse of children is not only a reality in the past. The vast majority of child sexual abusers are male. Of these more than 75%, a majority of whom are married and known to their victims – fathers, grandfathers, uncles, brothers, cousins etc.
If you are a layman you may have facilitated the continuation of such abuse, even unwittingly, by focusing exclusively on clerical/religious abusers while the guilty exploit your skewed approach.
I hope you have no supervisory role over children or vulnerable adults.
There is one thing wrong with your comment which is that you didn’t read my comment.
I clearly say that the standards I talk about apply in other areas such as schools.
I hope you have no contact ever with children or vulnerable adults because you are interested in defending the church rather than them.
And incidentally can’t read.
@3:23 This is a serious question: how old are you and have you ever had any safeguarding training of any sort?
3.42: And I would respectfully suggest that you listen carefully to the argument being made by 3.23. He is not condoning any abuse: he is merely speaking about the heinous crime of false allegations, of which many have been made. Truth and fact. I know of priests and others who were falsely accused, resulting in the tragic deaths of two, the others having their lives ruined. Those who make false allegations should face prison. This is a debate we should legitimately have without being accused of denying the reality of abuse, which is a horrendous, egregious crime. Listen….
4.14: An excellent, relevant and intelligent comment. No one is excusing clerical sexual abuse: it is morally reprehensible and almost unforgivable. There is a very cynical, deliberately scripted narrative by people like 3.42 who infers that a false accusation must mean “no smoke without fire” and has to be believed. That’s an injustice and one perpetuated by your type, a horribly repulsive crime. Innocent lives have been ruined by false allegations.
Why are opportunities to demonstrate that they continue to place the reputation of the church over everything else catnip to idiots like 4:14?
Are they really so stupid as not to realize that the reputation of the church can only be enhanced by sensible professional safeguarding arrangements and that seeing every criticism as persecution drives the perception of RC clerics as abusers?
Genuine questions, I honestly wonder how anyone can be so foolish in 2021.
5.24: As long as you rely on this blog for TRUTH and information, you’ll always be a liar and will misconstrue and misinform about the reality of child safeguarding policies within the Church which in 2021 are excellent. Parishes, directed by the Safeguarding Agency are constantly ensuring that best practices are followed. None of us in parishes are so foolish as to overlook our daily responsibilities. But you,sir, prefer the lie perpetuated by this blog.
You are unfair to this blog.
I can assure you this blog has saved peoples life because of stalkers and people who harass Clergy and Seminarians and that is a fact even a 19 yo was highlighted on this blog and Thankfully on the road to recovery and I hope his stalker gets his comeuppance.
Yes sometimes there is false allegations on this blog and any dealings I have had with Bishop Pat he is willing to correct the wrong doing.
Safeguarding and Church law is different from Civil and Criminal Law however be assured all sides of the information is heard and hopefully a sincere outcome for all concerned.
Like every vineyard there is weeds and everyone wants the weeds out of the RCC.
Be assured Clergy are not always economical with the Truth to safeguarding, tribunals and even their Bishops.
As one Priest said to a complainant your eyes are too near your bladder Thankfully he has gone.
You’ve annoyed the cathbots today Pat – you can always tell because they start on their ‘abuse is society’s problem’ script borrowed (perhaps directly) from Elsie.
The church’s abuse scandal will run for decades the way they’re carrying on.
They even manage to get in some disinformation about the clearly established nature of the relationship between abuser and abused.
Are you concerned? Are you a grandfather, greatuncle, uncle, brother or a cousin of a child or a vulnerable adult? What’s your interest in focusing on the source of 5% of sexual abuse of children while ignoring, or worse, being in denial of the statistic that of the other 95%, (lay and secular abusers) over 75% is perpetrated by adults and over half by someone known to the victim from the family relations listed?
If you are, you are colluding with the continuation of the sexual abuse of children and vulnerable adults.
Oh you are funny.
You’re just trolling the blog with dialectic protesting attention being brought to the church.
Aren’t you ‘father’.
In fact your replies are so unrelated to preceding comments you might even be the scum behind that other troll Seamus VIII.
Where’s a social worker when you need one, eh?
A few points:
Syntax is poor, substance poorer. Take a look at your second ‘sentence’.
The incongruity of a poster referring to another as ‘scum’ while appearing to call out trolling must be lost on you.
If I may borrow from an earlier quote: The rebarbative is swinging her reticule.
I take it you fit into one of the familial relationships mentioned in an earlier post, vis-à-vis a child or a vulnerable adult. You are unhappy that the focus is being aimed in your direction.
I sincerely hope you do not have sny unsupervised access to such potential victims.
I wish your statistics were correct at 5% and i sadly hate to say to you it is totally wrong at 5%.
The Church constantly does safeguarding it is the top of everyone’s agenda and the training is constant and not all inhouse but by Top Legal people and professionals in many areas.
It is the curse of the Church and everyone has a part to play to root it out not go into denial at 5%
Birmingham gave one victim over a quarter of a million pounds and certainly not 5% in Birmingham or Westminster and it will be horrendous whoever takes over from Vinnie.
8:42 nonsense making as usual. Thou shalt not take the name of thy fellow comment maker in vain! 8:42, you are the troll.
What a pleasant surprise to see the lizard people theory mentioned. It’s as good an explanation as any to account for the existence of the vain, venal, vindictive creature known as the Irish Roman Catholic prelate.
I always forget how barmy Icke is. My mother knew his wife in the eighties – she was really nice and his subsequent interests must be a torture to her.
Icke’s “barminess” is no more remarkable than the basic propositions of the RCC.
Scientific knowledge now reveals that this planet , Earth, circles its sun/star within a galaxy of billions of other sun/stars, in a knowable universe of billions of other galaxies, all created by an almighty everlasting creator entity.
Notwithstanding all this profusion of complexity, that creator, after millions of years of life evolvement on earth, and then between 100 and 200 thousand years of humanoid evolvement, when we humans messed up the creator’s grand plan, he came down here in the form of his son to live among largely illiterate uneducated middle eastern people, to tell us how to behave, and ended up nailed to a cross so he could arise to demonstrate his power and convince us to follow his teaching. And we, the RCC promote his teaching and all you plebs have to follow us.
Surely all this is no more inconceivable than Icke’s idiocy? Seriously?
[All this teaching and crucifixion epoch was recorded by an advanced camera and sound system so futuristic that we’ve not yet got the capacity to view it, but the RCC backroom scientific boys in Rome are working on it: just need more millions in Vatican coffers to develop its potential! So contribute generously. You know you should, ‘cos your FAITH tells you so!]
ROFL the cleric or more than one who used to deflect to social workers is now pretending to be concerned about child abuse to deflect outside the church. And making out other people aren’t bothered.
Even on a blog post which clearly says it’s about bishops. 🤣
Magna Carta is quite right, you literally can’t trust anything any of them says.
And they’re such obvious trolls – you would think they would teach trolling at Gaynooth alongside poppers and fisting.
Pat it might be of interest that Church Militant had a persecuted seminarian summit – I started watching but couldn’t stand it after a while because it’s very much the same old stuff
On the topic of yesterday, some vile creatures have committed some heinous crimes.
Like any of the Birmingham Six, I am an innocent man who has been wronged.
Is mise le meas,