Message to the priests of Cloyne from Rory Connor
The media have given very slanted versions of what is a very slanted Report – or just engaged in anti-clerical rants. However have priests in the Cloyne diocese done anything to correct the distortions? FOR EXAMPLE:
At least three allegations were against priests who had died before any accusations were received, so they weren’t given any opportunity of defending themselves – in fact, a fourth such case is almost certainly related to a long-dead priest, the identity of whom remains unknown even now. Yet Judge Murphy criticises the handling of these cases by the Diocese. Suppose the allegations had been reported directly to the Gardai or the HSE. What precisely could they have done that the diocese did not do? The Gardai are supposed to catch criminals, the HSE to protect children. What could either of them have done about decades-old allegations made by adults against deceased priests?
The clergy of the diocese should be making these points to their parishioners. HOWEVER are Cloyne priests even aware of these issues or do they just swallow whatever our anti-clerical journalists choose to feed them?