At least 11 people have made complaints to Cork’s Cloyne diocese since 2013 alleging abuse or inappropriate behaviour by priests, a new report has found.
Since the previous review in 2013, a further three priests have been removed from ministry due to concerns raised about them, bringing the total to five priests now suspended, some permanently.
Among the complaints made, Cleric 1 received a complaint about “his use of the internet some years ago”. Allegations against Cleric 2 “relate to a time prior to his studies for the priesthood”. Cleric 3 was accused of abuse retrospectively which was investigated by An Garda Síochána and assessed by Tusla.
An anonymous letter was received alleging “inappropriate behaviour” by Cleric 5, but “due to the priest’s ill health and the absence of a named complainant, little could be done about the matter”. The priest subsequently died.
Cleric 6 was long deceased when an allegation of retrospective abuse was made about him.
Clerics 7, 8, and 9 visited the diocese on different occasions from their base abroad, and complaints received were notified to the priests’ home Church body.
Nine priests accused in 9 years. That’s one a year in Cloyne.
There are 26 dioceses in Ireland.
I wonder what the figures for the 26 are?
You would have thought that all the bad publicity and imprisonment of priests would have made any priest with such inclinations to avoid acting out.
But I suppose the intensity of the addiction for some is so strong that nothing would hold them back?
CLOYNE AND KILDORRERY
CLOYNE is the diocese where one of its parish priests had sex on the church altar with a young man – reported to have been a Maynooth seminarian.
The parish priest in question has died since the incident.
BISHOP ACCOUNTABILITY LIST OF PRIEST ABUSERS IN IRELAND.