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Police under scrutiny in abuse inquiry for Irish diocese

Catholic World News - January 03, 2011

An official inquiry into the handling of sex-abuse complaints in the Diocese of Cloyne, Ireland, has focused on the conduct of the Gardai (police), the Sunday Business Post reports.

The newspaper reports that a commission headed by Judge Yvonne Murphy-- who previously led an investigation of the Dublin archdiocese-- found that the Gardai had failed to inform child-care authorities about an abuse complaint.

Bishop John Magee reportedly believed that he had done his duty by informing the Gardai of the complaint. The bishop, who was harshly criticized for failing to disclose sex-abuse complaints, submitted his resignation in March 2010. The Vatican has not yet named his successor.

The investigative commission delivered its report to Irish justice minister Dermot Ahern in December. The report will not be made public for several weeks, as prosecutors must determine whether the contents could prejudice any pending criminal cases.

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