Revered reputations will take a nosedive
Published 16/10/2009 | 05:00
The revered reputations of four of the most powerful Irish churchmen of recent times will take a hefty unspiritual nosedive with the imminent publication of most of the horrific findings of the Commission of Investigation into the Catholic archdiocese of Dublin.
Revealed will be a scandalous litany of systematic cover-up of rapist clerics, some of them serial offenders, during the episcopal reigns of: Cardinal Desmond Connell, 1988-2004; Kevin McNamara, 1985-87; Dermot Ryan, 1972-1984; and John Charles McQuaid, 1940-1972.
Even with the temporary deletion of one section relating to a defrocked cleric, the voluminous report will provide damning documentation of the mishandling and covering up of the catalogue of abuse complaints and allegations by these successive archbishops of Dublin.