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Interior of an Irish Catholic school - new figures on sexual abuse within the Church in Ireland raise questions Photo by: Reuters

Up to 350 Irish priests were likely accused child abusers

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Interior of an Irish Catholic school - new figures on sexual abuse within the Church in Ireland raise questions Photo by: Reuters

One of the arguments made frequently in Ireland is that it is only a tiny minority of priests who were abusers. Yet the latest investigation, released yesterday, into six dioceses seems to indicate  the opposite.

The  report was compiled by the National Board for Safeguarding Children in the Catholic Church.
The figures, shown below, were on the RTE television website soon after the investigation made its findings public seem to indicate otherwise.

All in all a total of 85 priests across six dioceses were accused of child sexual abuse. If you extrapolate that number across the 20 other dioceses you end up with a number close to 350 if you include the fact that Dublin and three other archdioceses are still to be counted and will have far more accused as a result of larger numbers of priests.

That is 350 priests that we know were accused. We will never know if there were more who got away because of the tenor of the times. But it certainly makes the issue far more than about  a small minority.

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Of course the overwhelming majority of the cases were never pursued because of the unholy alliance between the church and the government and the police to cover  it all up for decades
If you think things are getting any better think again perhaps.

Last month Father Patrick McGarvey (43) was elevated to the position of parish priest of Fanad, County Donegal, by Bishop Philip Boyce of the Raphoe diocese, the man whose diocese was one of the worst offenders when it came to clerical abuse.

According to the Belfast Telegraph, in August 2004 McGarvey was caught by undercover police at Foyleside shopping centre in Derry, watching men in the public restrooms. The police caught the priest while carrying out an investigation after members of the public had complained.

Is that the kind of man you want in charge of a parish? Would you let your kid near such a priest?

Will the church ever learn?

Here’s a breakdown of the figures:

Raphoe (Donegal)

.52 allegations reported to gardaí against 14 priests
. Eight out of 14 priests out of ministry, six retired
. Four convicted of an offence against a child
. Significant errors of judgement made by successive bishops
. Too much emphasis on accused priests, not victims
. More attention should have been given to preventative actions

Tuam

.25 allegations reported to gardaí against 18 priests
. Ten of 18 priests dead, eight out of ministry
. Two priests convicted of an offence against a child
. Safeguarding children plan "did not exist in previous years"
. Past practices were "defensive and internally focused"
. Current Archbishop "showing strong leadership" in dealing with allegations

Kilmore

. Seven allegations reported to gardai against seven priests
. Three out of seven priests dead, two out of ministry, two retired
. One convicted on an offence against a child
. One priest living in the diocese is known to be the subject of an allegation arising from a past ministry
. Fr Brendan Smyth response was "inadequate"
. No cases of a failure to report and address matters
. Current practices are a "consistently high standard"

Derry

. 31 allegations reported to police against 23 priests
. 16 out of 23 priests dead, four out of ministry, three are retired
. No priests convicted of an offence against a child
. One priest living in the diocese is known to be the subject of an allegation arising from a past ministry
. Allegations not robustly challenged or adequately managed
. Abusive behaviour continued to be exhibited by priests who moved on

Dromore

. 35 allegations of abuse against 10 priests
. Three of 10 priests dead, seven out of ministry
. No priests convicted of an offence against a child
. Not all allegations promptly referred to the statutory agencies.
. Bishop McAreavey consulted appropriately to ensure safety of children remained priority

Ardagh & Clonmannoise

. 14 allegations reported to gardai against 13 priests
. 12 of 13 priests dead, one out of ministry
. One convicted on an offence against a child
. Two priests who reside in diocese are known to be the subject of an allegation arising from a past ministry
. Good co-operation by Bishop Colm O Reilly.
. 10 recommendations concerning training and administration  in the missions it must have felt like it was shooting fish in a barrel.

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