17 Jan 2011

Irish abuse survivors criticize Boston Cardinal for celebrating mass with two bishops named in report for enabling child abuse

Irish Central - November 14, 2010

Boston Cardinal O'Malley slammed for Irish mass said with two bishops named in abuse report

by Patrick Roberts

Cardinal Sean O’Malley of Boston, has been slammed by the spokeswoman of an abuse victims group for his celebration of Mass in Dublin yesterday with two bishops named in the Murphy child abuse report.

O'Malley is in Dublin as part of a Vatican mission to examine how the post-sex abuse church is enforcing new guidelines.

The Murphy report was deeply critical of how the Dublin archdiocese handled the abuse issue

However, O'Malley concelebrated mass with Bishop Dermot O’Mahony and Bishop √Čamonn Walsh who were both criticized in the report.

Dublin Archbishop Diarmuid Martin had fired both men but they were later reinstated by the Vatican.

Martin also took part in the mass

Dublin abuse victim Marie Collins said the Archbishop's decision was s “a very poor start” to his visitation and sent out “a very, very bad message."

She was speaking to The Irish Times.

She said “Bishop O’Mahony has never shown any regret, nor has he accepted the Murphy report findings”.

Cardinal O’Malley met with Collins and other Dublin=based abuse victims on Sunday.

She said he “appeared sincere and very open”, she said, but “there’s no way of knowing. I’ve been in that situation many times before.”

Cardinal O’Malley was appointed archbishop of Boston in 2003 and won widespread praise for how he handled the abuse issue there after the controversial role of his predecessor Bernard Cardinal Law.

He said he been sent by the pope as apostolic visitor to Dublin “to verify the effectiveness of the present processes used in responding to cases of abuse.”

Archbishop Timothy Dolan of New York is also in Ireland examining the vocations crisis there.

The Murphy report found that Bishop O’Mahony’s handling of allegations e was “particularly bad”.

He was Auxiliary bishop of Dublin from 1975 to 1996.

The Murphy report stated that he was aware of 13 priests against whom there were allegations or suspicions by 1995 but did very little.

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The Independent - Ireland November 15, 2010

Fury as Papal envoy celebrates Mass with under-fire bishops

By John Cooney | Irish Independent Religion Correspondent

THE Pope's envoy investigating child protection came under fire yesterday for concelebrating Mass with two Irish bishops criticised in the Murphy Report.

In his long-awaited debut in Dublin, Cardinal Sean O'Malley told a surprised Sunday congregation in the Pro-Cathedral he had "come to listen, not to offer a quick fix".

He said: "I come to listen to your pain, your anger, but also your hopes and aspirations."

But high-profile abuse survivor Marie Collins said the presence of Dublin auxiliaries Dermot O'Mahony and Eamonn Walsh at yesterday's Mass sent out the wrong signals to victims.

Both auxiliaries were criticised in the Murphy Report, which examined the Catholic Church's handling of clerical child sexual abuse.

Bishop Walsh resigned last Christmas Eve, but his resignation was not accepted by Pope Benedict XVI.

Last night Mrs Collins conveyed her anger and hurt to Cardinal O'Malley, the Archbishop of Boston, who took part in the Mass on the invitation of Archbishop Diarmuid Martin.

Dublin victim Andrew Madden previously said he saw no point in meeting with the papal investigator.

He said last night that he would not comment until those victims who wanted to meet with Cardinal O'Malley had their say.

Earlier Cardinal O'Malley revealed he has assigned the three experts from Boston to assist him in the unprecedented probe into the child protection scandal in the Dublin archdiocese.


On Friday he will travel to Rome for the Consistory of Cardinals convened by Pope Benedict XVI to discuss the global clerical child abuse crisis.

It will also be attended by Primate of All Ireland, Cardinal Sean Brady.

Cardinal O'Malley received applause after yesterday delivering a statement in which he announced he had picked three "invaluable collaborators" to hear the "crucial" views of Irish priests and laity.

"I have asked Ms Barbara Thorp, Fr John Connolly and Mr Thomas Hannigan to accompany me and assist in this visitation," said Cardinal O'Malley.

"They have been invaluable collaborators in Boston, and I am certain their experience will be very helpful to me during this visitation."

Cardinal O'Malley said he and his team would "be available to meet with some of those who have been harmed by abuse and wish to meet with us".

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