The Cloyne Report

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The latest report on sexual abuse by clergy in Ireland lays the problem firmly on the pope’s doorstep: “The reaction of the Vatican to the Framework Document was entirely unhelpful to any bishop who wanted to implement the agreed procedures.” The Framework Document was drafted in 1996 to establish procedures for handling abuse cases. But the Congregation for the Clergy refused to “recognize” it, principally because it included a mandatory reporting requirement. A confidential communication to this effect gave license to Bishop of Cloyne John Magee (and any other bishop who didn’t like the Framework) to decline to report cases that came to his attention–leading to his resignation in 2009. What the Cloyne Report does is connect the dots.

The Irish government now seems prepared to deal with Vatican, Inc. the way the English government is dealing with News International Ltd. The papal nuncio has been dressed down. An apology has been demanded from Rome. There is talk of closing the embassy in Vatican City. And parliament is poised to require reporting of evidence of abuse to the civil authorities, including such evidence as emerges under seal of the Confessional.

As Ann Doyle of points out, the Cloyne Report is “eerily similar” to the report of the Philadelphia grand jury report earlier this year, which detailed that archdiocese’s flouting of national norms for the handling of abuse cases. But unlike Bishop Magee, Cardinal Justin Rigali remains in office, as has almost every other bishop who has failed to deal properly with abuse cases.

In response to the Cloyne Report, nuncio Giuseppe Leanza, saying he was “very distressed myself again by the failures in assuring the
protection of children within the church despite all the good work that
has been done,” asserted “the total
commitment of the Holy See for its part to taking all the necessary
measures to assure protection.” But protection of whom? What’s dragging the Church ever deeper into disrepute is not the abuse of
children by priests but Rome’s failure to deal forthrightly and strictly with the bishops who cover it

  • Bill Wilson

    My Tipperary-born father had a word for the tripe we’ve been getting from Rome since this scandal broke years ago: “Blather!”
    When will all the assertions of concern for the rape of our children be translated into deeds? The gang of enablers (and worse) in Rome should be fired and Archbishop Martin should be pope. Fat chance of that happening, as these guys are busy covering each other’s ecclesiastical posteriors!

  • JuneAnnette

    The Clergy Abuse SCANDAL continues to unfold and the pedophilia plague within the Roman Catholic “church” continues to rage. The intense scrutiny their monstrous crimes are receiving by the media, publicly subjecting them to the same humiliation, shame, reproach, and degradation in the eyes of the worldwide community which they themselves imposed upon their innumerable powerless and vulnerable victims whom they callously and mercilessly sexually abused and raped, in what they themselves reckon to be the “Worst Crime”, exacts a kind of poetic justice if nothing else. And while these criminals may well elude real justice here and now, it is certain they will one day be held accountable. They will not escape the Divine Justice that awaits them when they will be summoned to appear before the Highest and Heavenly Court that presides over all the lands. The mask of the NOT SO HOLY Roman Catholic “church” has slipped and she is being seen for what she in truth is. Soon . . in the fullness of time . . the imposter posing as the “bride of Christ” will receive her just reward, when perfect justice will be exacted upon her by the Righteous Judge of all the Earth who will reward her double according to her wicked works.**”Come hither; I will show unto thee the judgment of the great whore that sitteth upon many waters: With whom the kings of the earth have committed fornication, and the inhabitants of the earth have been made drunk with the wine of her fornication.”***(Rev. 17:1-2; Rev. 18)***”Even so, come, Lord Jesus.” (Rev. 22:20)

  • Lionel

    And those hypocrites dare call the Devil evil.

  • Môlsem

    By way of introduction, permit me to note that I spent some years as a professional mediator, and have an instinct to look beyond the surface of all sides to seek to understand what brings them to the present dispute and what ways out of the bind might suggest themselves..
    First: Any officeholder, in business, government, nonprofits and among those Church, etc., has an initial myopic viewpoint, full of his/her sense of the mission of his organization. That mission controls what the person decides to do within and with her/his organization.
    Second: The danger for the organization is that the officeholder will be so preoccupied with mission that the officeholder rather swiftly and unconsciously decides to ignore, to discard any thing initially perceived as bad for the mission. An officeholder who falls into that trap does so without consideration of how that thing,or that officeholder’s decision about that thing, will affect or be seen by others in other organizations or among the public generally. The officeholder can be so entranced by the organization’s mission that the officeholder is utterly blind to externalities.
    I believe the Church is the perfect example of the first and guilty of the second. Some in the Church are so focused on their perception of what’s good for the Church’s mission that nothing else will be permitted to intrude into their minds.
    It is natural, it is common, it’s as true of Exxon and your corner grocery store as it is true of the Church, that management can be utterly myopic. And that’s how things get to these stage.
    It can take an Abrams tank opening fire on such a person for them to become truly aware of the world as seen through other eyes. Should all this provide cause for the Pope to resign, let’s say, lower down in the apparatus will be those who shrug and say another Pope is coming.
    I was a Sgt. in the Army in Viet Nam, and I was not aware of everything going on in the minds of my squad or platoon, and they and their officers and others in the Company of true hands-on importance to us day to day hardly ever numbered more than, say, 40 people. I could not begin to keep track of what all 40 were doing. The Holy Father cannot possibly know everything going on in the Curia, let alone the Church as a whole.
    For this situation to be a primary concern of everyone in the Vatican of whom it should be a primary concern, is an incredibly lengthy process of busting people out of their personal mental traps.
    Oh it’s plain enough to thee and me what’s wrong and what should be done and who should feel the pain, but it may well be beyond the psychological capacity of all the necessary people to bring the matter to a swift and proper conclusion, more’s the pity.
    In the particular context we are discussing, ignoring the problem we’re discussing is itself verging on felonious. The Bp in Philadelphia is so outstanding in so many ways, is clearly on top of so many things Church, that it’s sad to see that situation develop as it did, and the personnel msgr. is surely in criminal hot water.