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Harsh report expected on abuse in Ireland's Cloyne diocese

Catholic World News - April 11, 2011

A report on the handling of sex-abuse complaints in Ireland’s Cloyne diocese will disclose serious mishandling of cases by top diocesan officials, according to informed sources.

Last week Ireland’s High Court authorized publication of the Cloyne report, except one chapter that deals with the case of a priest who is now facing trial. Public release of the report is expected later this week.

Sources familiar with the report say that the criticism of the Cloyne diocese will be considerably harsher than the criticism of the Dublin archdiocese in a similar report issued last year. Both reports were prepared under the direction of Judge Yvonne Murphy.

A sharply critical report on the Cloyne diocese has long been expected. The Irish government commissioned an independent inquiry in 2009, after major questions arose about the way the diocese had handled sex-abuse inquiries. Cloyne’s Bishop John Magee—who had been private secretary to Pope John Paul II before his episcopal ordination—resigned soon thereafter, apparently at the prompting of the Holy See. His successor has not yet been named.

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  • Posted by: opraem - Apr. 11, 2011 8:42 PM ET USA

    dublin and cloyne down, 24 dioceses to go. it will be a very long road to easter for the irish bishops and church.

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