February 20, 2003
Press Release 20 feb 2002

One In Four condemns Catholic Bishops’ serious failure to meet own guidelines for support of abuse victims
- Guidelines exposed as cynical PR exercise, says O’Gorman


The abject and total failure of the Catholic Church to meet its own guidelines for support for victims of clerical sexual abuse has been strongly condemned by the victims’ support organisation, One In Four in a strongly worded statement this evening (Thursday). One In Four also says that a 7-year old set of guidelines drawn up by the Bishops are nothing more than a cynical PR exercise.

Director of the organisation, Colm O’Gorman said: “It now appears that The Archdiocese of Dublin and many of the Catholic dioceses of Ireland have again failed to follow even their own Guidelines on Child Sexual Abuse. The Dublin Archdiocese has failed to put in place the support systems for victims required by the guidelines. It appears that all but 5 of the Catholic Dioceses of Ireland have failed to follow this essential component of their own policy.

Mr. O’Gorman said it was important to put back on the public record the specific commitment and measures the Catholic Bishops committed themselves to delivering on 7 years ago viz:

Section 3.14
Each bishop or religious superior should appoint a specific person – the Support Person- to be available to those who allege that they have suffered abuse and their families. The role of this person will be to assist those wishing to make a complaint of child sexual abuse, to facilitate them in gaining access to information and help, and to represent their concerns on an ongoing basis. In larger dioceses and religious congregations there may be a need to have more than one person available to act in this capacity.”

Reference: Extract from Child Sexual Abuse: Framework for a Church Response (Published by the Irish Catholic Bishops’ Advisory Committee on Child Sexual Abuse by Priests and Religious 1996)

The One In Four spokesman added: “What is once again abundantly clear is that despite the often expressed care and concerns for the welfare of victims, the Catholic Hierarchy has failed to show credible intent of providing real and meaningful responses to the experiences of people who have been raped and abused by its clergy. That they have failed to follow even their own internal procedures exposes yet again the abject and total failure of the Hierarchy to demonstrate the integrity, commitment and competence to respond to the scandal of clerical sexual abuse. What is once again clear is that the Church’s response is nothing more than a botched attempt to protect itself and its public image: that its guidelines have little to do with the protection of children and the welfare of adult victims but instead are part of a cynical PR exercise.

“It is finally time for everyone to accept that the Catholic Church is incapable of and unwilling to appropriately address this issue. Instead we must focus on the need for legislation that will ensure than every institution in Ireland is required to put in place child protection procedures that are laid down by statute. If we are ever to have faith and confidence in our ability to protect children and respond to people who have been abused we must ensure that we require minimum standards of child protection: standards that are formed ion legislation and enforced by the State. In the final analysis it must the State that acts to protect its vulnerable citizens.”

Posted by Colm at February 20, 2003 07:14 PM
Comments

HI COLM.
JUST SOMETHING I CAME ACROSS.
QUOTE; JUSTICE REQUIRES THAT TO LAWFULLY CONSTITUTED AUTHORITY THERE BE GIVEN THAT RESPECT WHICH IS ITS DUE, THAT THE LAWS WHICH ARE MADE SHALL BE IN WISE CONFORMITY WITH THE COMMON GOOD, AND THAT AS A MATTER OF CONSCIENCE, ALL MEN SHALL RENDER OBEDIENCE TO THESE LAWS; UNQUOTE.

POPE PIUS XI. 1857-1939.

JUST A THOUGHT, WOULD THESE "LAWS" BE RETROACTIVE, OR JUST MORE WAFFLE?.

REGARDS.

Posted by: ANGRY on February 20, 2003 08:18 PM

SORRY COLM I LEFT A BIT OUT, WHERE HE QUOTES, ALL MEN, I TAKE IT , HE IS NOT REFERRING TO CANON LAW??

Posted by: ANGRY on February 20, 2003 08:21 PM

Hi Colm,

The Church just pays lip-service to the idea of child protection and human dignity. They are so far removed from the message (and idea) of Jesus that they should not call themselves Christians. They have become an irrelevance and should shut up shop. The State should ensure that they have no contact with vulnerable communnities in Ireland (the old, the young, the marginalised, etc.)

Andrew

Posted by: Andrew on February 21, 2003 12:22 PM

Thankyou for speaking out for those who cant.
safest hugs ti

Posted by: ti on February 22, 2003 01:23 AM

HI COLM.
I SEEK A LITTLE HELP HERE?

I HAVE SPENT MOST OF THE NIGHT, TRYING TO INJECT SOME SORT OF LOGIC, INTO WHAT IS NOW TURNING INTO A COMPLETELY ILLOGICAL SITUATION.

THERE HAS TO BE A REASON, OR REASONS WHY THIS ONGOING LEGAL NIGHTMARE, WHICH THIS CHURCH, AND ITS LEGAL ADVISERS CONTINUE AT AN ALARMING RATE, TO INFLAME AND EXACERABATE, TO WHAT ,IS AFTER ALL GOING TO BE , EVENTUALLY, TO THEIR DETRIMENT.

THEY KNEW THE WORLD WOULD BE WATCHING, THE EVENTS IN WEXFORD, AND ITS OUTCOME. LIKE , HUNDERDS OF US WERE.

I HAD INITALLY ASSUMED, THAT IT WOULD BE, IN MY VIEW, "SLEVEEN" LAWYERS, GIVING THE CHURCH, "ADVICE", LEADING THEM ON, AS IT WERE, WHILE AT THE SAME TIME, "MILKING", THEM FOR ALL THEY COULD GET????

THAT THEORY OBVIOUSLY, GOES OUT THE WINDOW. WHY. ATTEMPTING TO NEGATE HIERARCHIAL AND PERSONAL ACCOUNTABILITY WAS INITALLY THEIR PRIMARY CONCERNS, DESPITE THE FACT THAT IT ALL BLEW UP IN THEIR FACE, WE ALL KNOW THEY HAVE A LOT TO HIDE. BUT WHY THROUGH THEIR OWN ACTIONS, IE, FAILING TO DISCLOSE, IN WEXFORD, HAVE THEY NOW PUT THEMSELVES, IN AN ARENA, FRAUGHT WITH DANGER, THE HIGH COURT.????

THIS OBVIOUSLY, HAS ALWAYS BEEN ON THE CARDS FOR THEM. ITS ONE THING BEING A CHRISTIAN, AND HAVIN NO OPTION, BUT BEING FORCED INTO THE LIONS DEN, BUT TO GO WILLINGLY???????

I PERSONALLY FEEL THAT THERE IS MUCH MORE TO THIS THAN WE CAN POSSIBLY IMAGINE. I HONESTLY FEEL THAT THERE IS SOMETHING , MUCH MORE DARKER, AND MUCH MORE SINISTER, LURKING OUT THERE, I THINK THERE IS A GREAT DEAL, YET TO COME. WHATEVER IT IS, THE SOONER THE BETTER.

WE KNOW, OR SOME OF US DO, ABOUT THE ,CENTRE FOR SEXUAL DIS-ORDERS OF PRIESTS, IN NEW MEXICO, THE WORLDS DUMPING GROUND, FOR ECCLESLESTICAL WASTE, WHAT WE DO NOT KNOW IS, HOW MANY PRIESTS FROM IRELAND WERE SENT THERE, OR HOW MANY CHRISTIAN BROTHERS, FOR THAT MATTER. AND WHO PAID FOR IT, AND WHAT SLUSH FUND DID IT COME FROM.

THE GREATEST THREAT TO THE CHURCH, IS NOW COMING FROM WITHIN ITS OWN RANKS. NO LONGER, IT SEEMS, ARE WE VICTIMS, THE DRIVING FORCE, THIS HAS NOW BECOME, SELF PERPETUATING, AND GAINING, FOR THE HIERARCHY, UN-HOLY SPEED?

I TAKE REFUGE IN THE KNOWLEDGE, THAT THIS ONSLAUGHT, THEY NOW HAVE TO DEAL DAILY WITH, WILL EVENTUALLY, OVERWHELM THEM. AND TO ANY OF YOU , IN THIS HIERARCHY, WITH A CONSCIENCE, NOW IS YOUR OPPORTUNITY, TO COME CLEAN, EXTRICATE YOURSELF, COME TO THE RESCUE OF ALL VICTIMS, BECAUSE, REST ASSURED, WE WILL GET THERE, AND MUCH MORE QUICKLY, THAN YOU CAN POSSIBLY IMAGINE.?

IN CONCLUSION, I MAY ADD, THIS HIERARCHY IS NOT INDULGING, IN THEIR BATTLE OF WITS, WITH UN-ARMED PEOPLE. WE ARE NO LONGER CHILDREN, WE ALSO CAN "THINK".

Posted by: ANGRY on February 22, 2003 07:54 AM

I was sexually abused by a priest who has since died,I am torn apart inside full of hurt and shame,I suffer flashbacks and i had several attempts to end my life,I was hospitalised several times as a result, a priest promised me councelling but it never came,as he took a statment from me in a hotel to be sent to the bishop and no responce, now i feel bitter and betrayed by all,I would like to know have i any legal recourse as my life is a living nightmare please advise as i know nothing of these legal matters,I was aged 8 yrs when this incident accured and i am now 56 yrs old, and it only seems as it happened yesterday, I buried this nightmare for years and it came to the forefront of my mind after years ,I will never forget, never,my past with this priest as long as i live? if i can live up to it? Thanking you, Gerard McInerney.
ps, please reply via e-mail as soon as you can.

Posted by: gerard mcinerney on June 4, 2003 09:06 PM
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