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Report by Commission of Investigation into Catholic Archdiocese of Dublin

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Report by Commission of Investigation into Catholic Archdiocese of Dublin

Report by Commission of Investigation into the handling by Church and State authorities of allegations and suspicions of child abuse against clerics of the Catholic Archdiocese of Dublin.

Cover Part 1 (PDF - 161KB)

Signature Page (PDF - 111KB)

Part 1 Beginning (PDF - 39KB)

Part 1 (PDF - 161KB)

Cover Part 2 (PDF - 167KB)

Part 2 (PDF - 2.04MB)

Cover Appendices (PDF - 163KB)

Appendices (PDF - 965KB)

26/11/09 Personal Statement of Cardinal Desmond Connell


Personal Statement of
His Eminence, Desmond Cardinal Connell,
Archbishop Emeritus of Dublin

The report of the Dublin Archdiocese Commission, which has now been published, gives a shameful picture of the pattern of sexual abuse of children by priests in the diocese during the period of the Commission’s remit. While acknowledging the work that was done and the structures that were gradually developed to deal with this appalling problem during my tenure as Archbishop, the report is severely critical of the diocesan response, particularly in my earlier years in office.

From the time I became aware of this history, I have experienced distress and bewilderment that those placed in a position of sacred trust could be guilty of such heinous offences and cause such appalling harm to vulnerable young people. The abuse of children is an unspeakable crime. Perpetrated by priests, it becomes something even more gravely reprehensible, involving as it does so grievous a betrayal of innocence and trust. I wish to express without reservation my bitter regret that failures on my part contributed to the suffering of victims in any form.

I have spoken of my utter abhorrence of these grave offences and apologised for them on many occasions during my time as Archbishop. Although I am all too aware that such apologies and expressions of regret can never be adequate as a response to so much hurt and violation and, in any case, lose their value through repetition, I apologise again now from my heart and ask the forgiveness of those who have been so shamefully harmed.

It has long been my prayer that they may be able to rebuild their lives and find healing and hope for the future.


Note to editors: Cardinal Connell has indicated he will not be making any further statements to media at this time

26/11/09 Child Protection Update  

Child Protection Update
26th November 2009

This statement is an update of the statistics published in November 2008. These statistics are compiled annually by the Archdiocese and is a record of the information available to the Archdiocese of Dublin.

This update contains information on Dublin Diocesan priests, as well as information regarding priests from Religious Congregations and other Dioceses who at some time held an appointment in Dublin, or who carried out short-term supply ministry without a formal appointment from the Diocese, and against whom allegations or suspicions have arisen even where the allegation does not refer to their time in the Diocese.

Based on the information currently available to the Diocese the following statistics have been compiled regarding the period between 1940 and 2009. During that period:

  • Allegations have been made against 84 priests of the Diocese.
  • Suspicions have been raised concerning 9 priests of the Diocese
  • Allegations have been made against 60 Religious priests or priests from other Dioceses who held an appointment in Dublin
  • Allegations have been made against 9 Religious priests or priests from other Dioceses, which related to their doing supply in Dublin
  • Suspicions have been raised concerning 4 Religious priests who held appointments in the Diocese.

The diocese also possesses information regarding allegations of sexual abuse where, despite close liaison with the civil authorities, it has not been possible to identify the priest concerned. These cases are kept under continual review.

It is the policy of the Archdiocese that all allegations and suspicions be reported to the civil authorities

10 Dublin priests, or former priests, have been convicted or have cases pending in the criminal courts (5 cases pending from the same group of 10). Two non-diocesan priests, who served in Dublin, have also been convicted in the criminal courts.

These statistics date over a period of 69 years. Since 1940 over 1,350 Diocesan priests have served in Dublin and around 1,450 priests from Religious Congregations have held appointments from the Archbishop of Dublin. In addition, the number of priests who may have done supply in Dublin in this period is unquantifiable but significant.

The statistics constitute a record of allegations made and suspicions raised irrespective of the eventual outcome. They include allegations which have been substantiated, and those which have not, and allegations which are false or mistaken.

From the information currently available to the Diocese approximately 450 people have been identified who have either complained or are known or suspected to have suffered child sexual abuse by priests of the Diocese. This is a conservative estimate and is expected to increase.
To date 133 civil actions have been brought against 39 priests or priests who held appointments in the Dioceses. 99 have concluded and 34 are ongoing.

Settlement of claims is running at around €11 million (€7.6 m in settlements and €3.4 m in legal costs for both sides).
The Diocese has spent in the region of €6 million in Child Protection and related services. Related services, includes significant costs incurred reviewing Diocesan files, work carried out on files and records to assist with the Commission of Inquiry into the Archdiocese of Dublin, counselling and support services for victims of abuse and treatment of priests who have offended. Legal costs for priests who have offended are paid to the point where they are formally charged.
The Child Protection Service in working with state agencies has to preserve trust in its processes of safeguarding children and assure victims of abuse, their families, and those accused of the confidential nature of its work. More detailed information regarding priests who have been accused; their status and living arrangements cannot be published by the Diocese. All information regarding allegations and suspicions of is given to the civil authorities.
It is important to repeat that anyone with information regarding child sexual abuse by priests in Dublin makes contact with the Child Protection Service of the Diocese, the Garda Síochána, the Health Service Executive or a counselling or support service of their choice.

These statistics date over a period of 69 years. Since 1940 over 1,350 Diocesan priests have served in Dublin and around 1,450 priests from Religious Congregations have held appointments from the Archbishop of Dublin. In addition, the number of priests who may have done supply in Dublin in this period is unquantifiable but significant.

26/11/09 Archbishops Statement on the Publication of the Dublin Report

on the occasion of the publication of the
Commission of Investigation in the sexual abuse of children by priests in the Archdiocese of Dublin


26th November 2009

It is difficult to find words to describe how I feel today. As Archbishop of a Diocese for which I have pastoral responsibility, of my own native diocese, of the diocese for which I was ordained a priest, of a Diocese which I love and hope to serve to the best of my ability, what can I say when I have to share with you the revolting story of the sexual assault and rape of so many young children and teenagers by priests of the Archdiocese or who ministered in the diocese? No words of apology will ever be sufficient.

Can I take this opportunity to thank Judge Yvonne Murphy and her team for their diligent and professional work in producing this Report, which I expect will provide an invaluable framework for how we can better protect the children of today and the future.
The Report of the Commission gives us some insight into the crimes that took place. But no report can give an indication of the suffering and trauma endured by the children, and indeed the suffering also of their family members.

Many survivors have not yet been able to speak about abuse they experienced. For them the publication of the Report must be truly traumatic. I urge them to turn to some trusted friend, to a counsellor or counselling service of their choice, to the health services, to the Gardai or if they so wish to the Diocesan Child Protection Service.
The report focuses on a representative sample of cases, but the Commission examined many other cases. The Report highlights devastating failings of the past. These failings call on all of us to scrupulously apply clear guidelines and norms. There is no room for revisionism regarding the norms and procedures in place.

The sexual abuse of a child is and always was a crime in civil law; it is and always was a crime canon law; it is and always was grievously sinful.
One of the most heartbreaking aspects of the Report is that while Church leaders – Bishops and religious superiors - failed, almost every parent who came to the diocese to report abuse clearly understood the awfulness of what has involved. Almost exclusively their primary motivation was to try to ensure that what happened to their child, or in some case to themselves, did not happen to other children. Their motivation was not about money or revenge; it was quite simply about that most basic human sense of right and wrong and that basic Christian motivation of concern for others. The survivors of abuse who courageously remained determined to have the full truth heard by all deserve our recognition and admiration.

How did those with responsibility dramatically misread the risk that a priest who had hurt one of those whom Jesus calls “the little ones” might go on to abuse another child if decisive action was not taken? Excuses, denials and minimisations were taken from priest abusers who were at the least in denial, at worst devious in multiple ways, and decisions were taken which resulted in more children being abused.
Efforts made to “protect the Church” and to “avoid scandal” have had the ironic result of bringing this horrendous scandal on the Church today.
The damage done to children abused by priests can never be undone. As Archbishop of Dublin and as Diarmuid Martin I offer to each and every survivor, my apology, my sorrow and my shame for what happened to them. I am aware however that no words of apology will ever be sufficient.

The fact that the abusers were priests constituted both and offence to God and affront to the priesthood. The many good priests of the Archdiocese share my sense of shame. I ask you to support and encourage us in our ministry at what is a difficult time. I know also that many others, especially parents, feel shocked and betrayed at what has been revealed. I hope that all of us - bishops, priests and lay persons - working together can rebuild trust by ensuring that day after day the Church in the Archdiocese of Dublin becomes a safer environment for children.

I ask the priests of the diocese and the Parish Pastoral Councils to ensure that the wide reaching measures introduced into our parishes and organizations regarding the safeguarding of children are rigorously observed and constantly verified and updated. This scandal must be an occasion for all of us to be vigilant so that the abuse of children - wherever it takes place in our society - is addressed and the correct measures are taken promptly.

The hurt done to a child through sexual abuse is horrific. Betrayal of trust is compounded by the theft of self esteem. The horror can last a lifetime. Today, it must be unequivocally recalled that the Archdiocese of Dublin failed to recognise the theft of childhood which survivors endured and the diocese failed in its responses to them when they had the courage to come forward, compounding the damage done to their innocence.
For that no words of apology will ever be sufficient.

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