The Cardinal Connell Child Sex Abuse Files

February 10, 2008 at 1:40 am 9 comments

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Bizarrely, apologists for Cardinal Connell seem to be suggesting that the reason he is trying to hide files from the child abuse Commission is that he wants to protect the confidentiality of the victims of these crimes. However, Connell already has form in concealing knowledge of serious sexual crimes from the police, and the effect of this has been to protect the criminals and the Catholic Church, not the victims.

So what is in the files that Cardinal Connell is trying to hide? Well, the Commission is examining how the Dublin Archdiocese responded to a representative sample of complaints against priests. If those samples are similar to cases we already know about, the files could contain such behaviour as refusing to tell the police that a priest had admitted sexually abusing a sick child in a hospital and photographing the abuse, telling a victim of child sexual abuse that she was trying to ruin the good name of her abuser, lending money to a paedophile priest to settle a legal case against a victim then telling the media that he had not compensated anybody, appointing a paedophile priest as chaplain to a hospital without telling the hospital why, deciding to have a particularly vicious paedophile priest defrocked then letting him continue as a priest while appealing the decision thus enabling him to sexually assault the grandson of a deceased person after a funeral, and generally moving paedophile priests from parish to parish to continue sexually abusing children.

Here are details of five sample cases in which we already know that Cardinal Connell presided over the above responses.

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

What else is in the files that Cardinal Connell is trying to hide?

See Also:
The Scale of Clerical Sex Abuse of Children


Entry filed under: Ireland, News, Religion.

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9 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Declan Chellar  |  February 10, 2008 at 11:46 am

    Being a practising agnostic, Michael, I don’t believe in hell. But I now I hope I’m wrong.

  • 2. Benedcit XVI th  |  February 12, 2008 at 9:56 pm

    I believe that, gives the most accurate and daily toll on the ongoing pedophile and sexual assault enabling of hundreds of thousands of children, over multiple decades, at the hands of less than 3,500 miters and red hat criminals, surrounding me.

    Laity, withhold all monies or donations to any Church related activity, until these EVIL and unaccountable office holders are removed, censored, house arrested, like serial pedohile founder of the Legion of Christ was, by me, with overwhelming evidence, or DEAD (as is now last week the case with Marciel).

    May God have mercy on their souls, but in the mean time laity, it is you 1.1 billion faithful members, where in lies the salvation of Our Lord Jesus Christ’s Church!

    God With God, But Keep Your Wallets Zipped, & Starve The Devils Out!

    Benedict XVI th
    Pontiff & Sinner

  • 3. mike Ference  |  February 13, 2008 at 1:20 am

    War Tactics Should Be Applied to Abusers and to Those Who Offered Protection
    By Mike Ference

    Every day brings new evidence that we no longer live in a civilized and principled society. The worst part, it usually concerns another case of sexual misconduct involving a Catholic priest, young children and a church hierarchy that helped to cover up the case.

    The recently unveiled attempt by Cardinal Connell to conceal records is just one more example.

    To be sure, media pressure and public outrage have inspired displays of contrition from members of the church hierarchy. But as more and more cases of abuse — and cover-up — come to light, one begins to wonder whether such displays should be considered any more trustworthy than those of, say, Saddam Hussein.

    So — what is to be done? Given the level of wreckage and anguish caused in the lives of so many people, it seems appropriate to look to the war on terror for a model strategy.

    A first prong of attack might involve a Special Forces unit made up of highly skilled and trained military personnel capable of tracking down and obtaining confessions from any priest accused of acts of sexual abuse against children. If rights are violated, if military personnel sometimes go a little too far, so be it. The Catholic Church had ample opportunity to fess up and repent. Those incapable of civilized behavior shouldn’t expect the rights and privileges of civilization.

    A deck of cards can be created to help identify hard-to-find priests as well as the disgraceful church leaders who permitted, and in essence, condoned the sexual abuse of young children. Photos of the most deviant and reprehensible church officials accompanied by a list of their offenses will encourage us all to do our patriotic duty in helping the authorities track down suspected priest-terrorists or at least be able to identify the culprits as they come and go freely because their sins where covered up and the time to criminally prosecute has expired.

    Another option would be to divide the nation into territories. A color-code warning system would be established, alerting parents about abusive priests being transferred into their respective regions. Depending on the designated color for a particular region, parents would know whether their children should serve at Mass, go on field trips, or even attend Catholic school that day.

    To aid this unique war on terror, a pool of money should be collected, not involuntarily from taxpayers, but voluntarily from those decent human beings who believe crimes committed against our children are sins that God takes very seriously. Some of the funds raised could then be turned into outrageously tempting reward sums for information leading to the capture of our targeted criminals. Once the rogue clerics have been imprisoned and forced to talk, I recommend that their confessions be given to someone like Steven Spielberg or George Romero. Hollywood writers and producers could create a blockbuster movie like Roots or Schindler’s List to serve as a bitter reminder that these crimes should never again be permitted to occur. Tom Savini could be hired to recreate the horror on the faces of child actors chosen to play parts.

    Proceeds from the movie could go to victims of abuse and their families. And no matter how old the crime, compensation would be available. There should be no statute of limitations when the rights of children have been violated by those who lived much of their adult lives perched on a pedestal heightened by the trust of innocent and vulnerable believers. In fact, I would extend compensation to the second and perhaps even third generation of sufferers. It would certainly include siblings denied the experience of growing up with a brother or sister untraumatized by such abuse. And since crimes of abuse tend to echo, it would extend to the victims of the victims as well.

    If all else fails, is it any less rational to declare war on the Catholic Church as part of a war on child abuse than it was to declare war on Iraq (which had nothing to do with 9/11 or Al-Qaeda and apparently had no weapons of mass destruction) as part of a war on terror? How many innocent children have been verifiably lost to this menace — and how many more will be lost if we don’t make a preemptive strike?

    As horrific as sexual abuse by priests may be, the perpetrators might merit a more forgiving place if only their superiors had the courage to do the right thing. For a few, counseling and close supervision might have been enough to prevent future abuses. Others clearly required something more intensive — a mental hospital or a prison.

    But repeated abuse, as well as willfully hiding the crimes and the criminals — as far as I can see, this brings us much closer to the realm of mortal sin. And the sinners include not just the church hierarchy, but also attorneys who ill-advised parents not to buck the system and take on the Catholic Church, or may even have provided inside information to thwart legitimate cases against the church, law enforcement officials who may have thought it best to warn church officials of pending investigations, and janitors, housekeepers, teachers, and employees of the Catholic Church who kept silent because of concerns about a paycheck, a 401K, a pension, or a fear of standing up to church authorities. God has a place for everyone — and if you abuse children or protect the abusers of children, we can only hope that your place is called hell.

  • 4. Benedict XVI th  |  February 13, 2008 at 1:56 am

    I, Your current Pontiff, also recommend: for a FREE viewing of the 2006 United States Academy Award BEST DOCUMENTARY nominated ‘DELIVER US FROM EVIL’, starring Oliver O’Grady and Rog ‘Mahal’ “Hollywood Mahony, Arch Enbler of at least 1,200 child rapes, sodomies, oral copulations, sexual assaults, murders, sucides, mental tortures, kidnappings, extortions, perjuries, racketeering, and a long list of other felonies in California, in the Diocese of Stockton, Fresno, and Archdiocese of Los Angeles for the past 30+ years.

    No Curia Accountability? No Laity Monies!

    Benedict XVIth
    Pope & Sinner

    Posto Scripto: Mr. Ference’s suggestions are not too far off the mark, unfortunately, the deck of cards would have to be expanded from 52, to about 3,000+ curia alone, and would have suits of only: Black Holes, Pitch Forks, Horns, and Skullls & Cross Bones…

  • 5. euphonos  |  February 13, 2008 at 3:25 am

    Mike, enjoyed your article – excellent. Church & state must bring pressure to bear upon these crimes – full disclosure & full censure, no half measures. When a person in a position of responsibility abuses a person whom they have a duty of care for, they forfeit rights to all privacy and protection. Strange how the needs of the perpetrators are so often put above the needs of those poor lambs who have been betrayed.

    What a strange version of civilization we live in.

  • 6. kurt gladsky  |  February 13, 2008 at 2:24 pm

    Once you let the devil in the devil takes over. With any addiction, over time, the addict needs more and more of his substance to get high. Pedophilia is nothing more than addiction.

    Being a Catholic clergy sex abuse survivor that turned alcoholic and addict as well, I can tell you first hand what it is like to chase a high. The alcoholic/ addict is always trying to feel as good as he felt when he picked up that first drink or drug. Sadly, the first high can never be recaptured no matter what you drink sniff snort or shoot. So it is with pedophilia.

    Unfortunately, pedophilia doesn’t appear to have a cure at this time. Letting these sick individuals out into society to re-offend time and time again is a travesty. How many more fresh young lives will be sacrificed so pedophile priests can have their addiction satisfied?

    Until the whole world hears and justice is served for all,

    Kurt Gladsky,
    Founder: Greater Baltimore Survivors Network Of Those Abused by Priests
    Towson Maryland,, 561 926 8050

  • 7. Andrew  |  February 13, 2008 at 7:49 pm

    As the Commission inquiring into child abuse by priests in the Dublin Diocese prepares to wade through over 60,000 documents, 5,000 of which were nearly the subject of a High Court case, I suspect that the members of the Commission are going to need a VENTILATOR to blow away the stink of cover-up by former Archbishops.

  • 8. Benedict XVI th  |  February 14, 2008 at 12:30 am

    The working title of my next Encyclical (I’ll spare you the Latin)

    ‘My Open Fermenting Reeking Cess Pool Is Bigger Than Yours”

    Alternatively, it has been suggested since the Vatican rest on an ancient graveyard: ‘Don’t Drink From, Or Near, The Tiber’…

    Go With God, But Keep Your Laity Wallets Zipped!

    Benedict XVIth
    Pontiff & Sinner

  • 9. John  |  June 12, 2008 at 11:19 am

    Dear Holy Father,

    Thank you for your advice. Stop and punish clerical offenders. But what then to do with the vast majority of paedophiles and abusers who are just ordinary fathers brothers and uncles? What to do with the thousands of them, wives, siblings, and even abused who keep silent sheltering these abusers through shame?

    You see, I am a lowly doctor who, over the last few years, now that the veil of silence is lifting, have listened to scores of paedophile victims, ALL of whom have been abused by their own family members and never a cleric!


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