The Cardinal Connell Files No 3 – Fr Reynolds

February 9, 2008 at 11:58 pm 1 comment

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Father Noel Reynolds admitted sexually abusing more than 100 children in eight Dublin parishes. In 1995, another priest reported concerns about the behaviour of Father Reynolds as parish priest of Glendalough. In 1996, several parents complained to Cardinal Connell that they were worried that Father Reynolds had been sexually abusing their children.

Here is how the Catholic Church dealt with this case. >>>

The Response to the Crimes of Father Noel Reynolds

Cardinal Connell did nothing for eighteen months after these complaints, at which stage the parents threatened to tell the media about Father Reynolds.

Cardinal Connell then moved Father Reynolds from his parish, and appointed him as chaplain to the National Rehabilitation Hospital in Dún Laoghaire.

Cardinal Connell did not tell the Hospital why he had moved Father Reynolds.

In February 2002, Cardinal Connell said of this episode:

Having retired from his appointment as parish priest of Glendalough on health grounds, Father Noel Reynolds was appointed chaplain to the National Rehabilitation Hospital in 1997.

We sincerely regret not informing the hospital authorities about concerns expressed regarding Fr. Reynolds in 1995. These concerns related to his inappropriate behaviour with children.

We fully accept that we should have informed the hospital authorities about the concerns raised at the time of his appointment.

The Cardinal Connell Child Sex Abuse Files

The Cardinal Connell Files No 1 – Fr McGennis
The Cardinal Connell Files No 2 – Fr Payne
The Cardinal Connell Files No 3 – Fr Reynolds
The Cardinal Connell Files No 4 – Fr Walsh
The Cardinal Connell Files No 5 – Fr Naughton

The Scale of Clerical Sex Abuse of Children

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Entry filed under: Ireland, News, Religion.

The Cardinal Connell Files No 4 – Fr Walsh The Cardinal Connell Files No 2 – Fr Payne

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  • 1. Margaret Burns Hurley  |  April 19, 2008 at 3:55 am

    I was a student at Stanhope Street Convent in the early 60’s and one of the students picked by this pedophile picked to go to the Dublin mountains. I was fortunate enough not to be abused, but even at 13 years of age (really innocent) I sensed he was more interested in one of the 4 girls chosen. We were also taken to his room at his parish (it was off Thomas St.) when we innocently jumped on the bed and drank Fanta and ate crisps. I emmigrated to Canada in 1972 and only found out recently that many children were abused. I heard the Pope speak today on US TV and he appeared to be genuine in his apology to victims. May God help the victims.

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