Saturday, November 28, 2009


This evening the Taoiseach Mr Cowen issued his first ‘statement’ in response to the publication of the Murphy Report published last Thursday. Mr Cowen said it was up to the religious institutions and their members to determine the "appropriateness" of any individual to hold ecclesiastical office.

Given that Bishops Murray of Limerick, Moriarty of Kildare and Leighlin, and Drennan of Galway are patrons of most of the schools in their Dioceses and have been found in the Murphy Report to have collectively put the maintenance of secrecy, the avoidance of scandal, the protection of the reputation of the Church and the preservation of its assets above the safety, welfare and protection of children, it is wholly inappropriate to say that it is a matter for themselves whether or not they continue to hold such office.

Clearly the undue deference shown to bishops and priests by agencies of the State, as detailed in Murphy Report, is not at all over.

END 28/11/2009

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