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    Norbertines...



    https://www.irishtimes.com/news/soci...mage-1.3040703



    To illustrate the effects of his abuse on them, the HIA report quoted Fr William Fitzgerald, current Norbertine prelate administrator at Holy Trinity Abbey in Kilnacrott.

    The report expressed gratitude for “ his frank and forthright evidence to the inquiry”.

    Fr Fitzgerald told the inquiry: “ . . . the youngest victim of Brendan Smyth that I know of is 28 years of age. She is going to be around for another 60 years maybe or longer, and every day of her life the horrible spectre of that man will be in her mind and what he did.

    “How can – how can anyone return anything to – I mean, like give her €100 million. It would do nothing to repair any damage that has been done to her. It’s unspeakable, unspeakable.”


    There was a FOUR YEAR OLD child called "Danny" who was sexually abused by Fr Brendan Smyth at Sisters of Nazareth in Belfast.
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    My typing below of an Extract from 'Chronology of Brendan Smyth':

    1968 -1976

    Abuse

    Smyth sexually abused four siblings orphaned in 1968; Moore calls the children “Siobhan” (age 6); “Danny” (age 4); “Marie” (age 10); and “Angela” (age 9). Smyth came to Nazareth House in Belfast on Tuesday afternoons, the nuns delivered first Danny and then Siobhan to a visiting room, where Smyth abused them in turn; he took Siobhan on his lap, ordered her to turn away and using his finger penetrated her and anally penetrated her. When she complained about the abuse a nun beat her head with a bunch of keys and made her kneel all night. Smyth attempted to continue the abuse when Siobhan was transferred at age 14 to Middletown Convent in County Armagh but when Siobhan complained the nuns supervised Smyth’s visits and they ceased. Danny was transferred to an unnamed institution at age 11, where Smyth followed him. Danny was subject to sodomy and group sex involving Smyth and multiple priests (Moore, pp 120-134).


    http://www.u.tv/News/Smyth-abused-ch...5-1c0cfb9d5fbf


    A Catholic religious order has accepted that a notorious paedophile priest abused children while they were in the care of nuns in Belfast, a lawyer told a public inquiry on Monday. ….

    Sister Brenda McCall, a senior figure in the Sisters of Nazareth order which ran the now closed care homes, gave a statement to the inquiry.

    Ms Smith said: "She states that the congregation accepts that Brendan Smyth did abuse children while they were in our care and continued to abuse some after they left our care.

    "She also accepts that he visited both Nazareth House and Nazareth Lodge." ….

    Journalist Chris Moore broke the Brendan Smyth child sex abuse story in a UTV documentary 20 years ago.
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    STATEMENT OF: REV. FR. BRUNO ENDA MULVIHILL

    OF: ULRICHSPLATZ 4,

    D-86150, AUGSBURG,

    GERMANY

    OCCUPATION: PRIEST

    DATE OF BIRTH: 17/7/1945

    TAKEN ON: 8TH JUNE 1995

    AT: CENTRAL DETECTIVE UNIT

    BY: MICHAEL MURRAY D/INSPECTOR

    I HEREBY DECLARE THAT THIS STATEMENT IS TRUE TO THE BEST OF MY

    KNOWLEDGE AND BELIEF AND THAT I MAKE IT KNOWING THAT IF IT IS TENDERED

    IN EVIDENCE I WILL BE LIABLE TO PROSECUTION IF I STATE IN IT ANYTHING

    WHICH I KNOW TO BE FALSE OR DO NOT BELIEVE TO BE TRUE.

    My name is Bruno Enda Mulvihill. I was born in Galway on 17/7/45. I

    am at present a priest of the Norbertine Order working in the city of

    Augsburg. I am a solemnly professed member of the community of

    Kilnacrott Abbey, Co. Cavan. I hold a Bachelor of Arts degree from the

    NUI and hold graduate and post-graduate qualifications in Theology from

    German Universities. In September 1963 I entered Kilnacrott Abbey as a

    Novice. I was ordained on 25th July 1971. When I entered the Abbey,

    Right Rev, Phelim Colwell was Abbot. Very Rev. Kevin Smith was the

    Prior. There were about 18 members in the community at that time. At

    that time Fr. Brendan Smyth had once again become a resident member of

    the Community after having returned from the Diocese of Menevia in

    Wales. In the Spring of 1964 on various Sunday mornings the then Bursar

    Fr. Michael McKeon used take me for a smoke behind the altar boys

    Sacristy. On a number of Sunday mornings at that time we heard the cries

    and sobbing of children. I could hear them call out words like “No – leave

    me alone”. These cries came from the Sacristy after the catechism class.

    Unfortunately, I cannot say who these boys or girls were as all contact with

    the outside world was forbidden during the noviate. Due to the

    (page 2 – Affidavit of Fr. Bruno Mulvihill)

    construction of the building I could not see these children. Fr. McKeon

    enlightened me as to the nature of the matter. He told me that Fr. Brendan

    Smyth was interfering with the children and that he had a history of child

    sexual abuse going back to the 1940’s. He said that we should inform

    the Abbot. We did this and were met by a rebuff by Abbot Colwell

    presumably because Abbot Colwell had a posting for Fr. Brendan Smyth lined

    up in the U.S.A. From 1965 until early 1968 Fr. Smyth was posted to

    Providence, Rhode Island U.S.A. Early in 1968 I answered a phone call

    from Bishop Russell McVinney [sic] of Providence asking for Abbot Colwell.

    The Abbot was at that time in hospital in Dublin. He asked me to inform

    the Abbot that Fr. Smyth was landing that morning in Shannon Airport his

    appointment having been terminated because of his “sexual

    misdeamnour”. With the Pior Father Philip Nash, we drove to Dublin

    and I gave the Abbot the message, which really didn’t surprise him as he

    recalled immediately that Fr. Brendan had returned to the Abbey on two

    previous occasions “under a cloud.” He said that Fr. Brendan had been

    returned from Scotland “because of irregularities in the National School”

    and from Wales because of “trouble with juveniles.” It was quite obvious

    that the Abbot was referring to sexual abuse. In the Summer of 1968 I

    was cleaning out some vacant rooms. In the vacant room which was

    previously occupied by Fr. Brendan Smyth I found a Decree of the

    Congregation of Religious in Rome referring to Fr. Brendan Smyth

    ordering that he not leave the precincts of the Abbey without the

    supervision of another priest and that his faculties for Confession were to

    be rescinded for the rest of his life. The Decree contained a sentence to

    the effect that this was the copy to be handed to Fr. Brendan Smyth.

    Additionally, I found the decree in a drawer in the desk. The prior being

    (page 3 – Affidavit of Bruno Mulvihill)

    Absent I approached the sub-prior Fr. Kilian Mitchell and handed him the

    Decree. He assured me later that day that he had placed it in Fr.

    Brendan’s personal file held in the Abbott’s Office to which he Fr.

    Mitchell had access. I do not remember the date of the Decree but it must

    have been after Fr. Brendan’s return from Providence, presumably because

    of the intervention of Bishop McVinney directly to the then Abbot-

    General Norbert Colwell in Rome. I cannot recollect the signature or

    other details of the Decree. Abbott Colwell died on the 24th December

    1968. Fr. Phillip Nash was automatically appointed Administrator

    until Fr. Kevin Smith was elected Abbot on June 12th, 1969. In 1970 I

    undertook preliminary studies in Munster, Germany. I would visit

    Kilnacrott two or three times a year for 2 or 3 months at a time. During

    one of these visits I saw that Fr. Brendan Smyth was driving a Northern

    Ireland registered car. I saw that he was leaving the Abbey

    unaccompanied and that he was hearing Confessions. I informed Abbott

    Smith of what I saw. He said that Fr. Brendan had been penalized enough

    and that the provisions of the Decree were too stringent anyway. He said

    that he had spoken to Fr. Brendan and that he was satisfied that there

    would be no further misdeamnor. I cannot recall when this conversation

    actually took place. Sometime later again I cannot say exactly when. I

    saw Fr. Brendan Smyth leaving a small store room in the Abbey

    Auditorium with a small female child maybe 9 or 10 years of age. She was

    sobbing. He left the child go its own way and he returned to the

    adjacent shop counter. He worked in this shop during the Bingo sessions in

    the Auditorium. I suspected that the child had been abused in some way

    by Fr. Brendan Smyth. I told the Abbot, Smith about the incident. He told

    me that he didn’t like me “watching confreres”. Unfortunately I do not

    (page 4 – Affidavit of Fr. Bruno Mulvihill)

    know who this child was. At another stage a child, a boy, aged about ten

    to eleven years from the vicinity of the Abbey told me that Fr. Brendan

    Smyth had “stuck his hand up my arse again” . I don’t know who this boy

    was. I told Abbot Smith who turned the wheel around and suggested that I

    would only notice such behavior because I must be of similar sexual

    orientation to Fr. Brendan. Around the same time which was early 1970’s

    a local boy whose first name was [redacted] and who seemed to me to be of

    low intelligence ran past me in the Repository and muttered “He’s at me

    again”. Fr. Brendan Smyth appeared at that moment from around the corner and

    went into the community quarters. This boy [name redacted] would have been

    about twelve or 13 years of age at the time. He lived in the first house on

    the left on the [location redaction] coming from the Abbey.

    # 4.1995 Bruno E. Mulvihill

    In the summer of 1974 a function commemorating the fifteenth anniversary of the

    Arrival of the Paemonstratensians in Ireland was held at Kilnacrott Abbey. Among

    the prominent guests were the Papal Nuncio to Ireland Archbishop Alibrandi and

    the local Diocesan bishop of Kilmore Bishop Francis McKiernan. I spoke with

    both of them separately concerning the serious situation of Kilnacrott Abbey as a

    religious House. Archbishop Albrandi was not interest in listening to my

    complaints. The major complaint that I mentioned to him was an impending

    sexual scandal of unforeseeable dimensions concerning Fr. Brendan Smyth whose

    abuse I mentioned. The nuncio told me in a sacrosanct manner that I would be

    better off studying Theology in Rome rather that in Germany. Because of the

    dissatisfactory response I decided at a later date to put the matter in writing. A

    (page 5 – Affidavit of Bruno Mulvihill)

    copy of this letter is appended to this statement. The letter is dated 1st November

    1974. After the Jubilee mass I spoke with Bishop McKiernan. I told him the

    same as I had told Archbishop Albrandi. Bishop McKiernan devolved the

    conversation around to his schoolboy days together with Abbot Smith at St.

    Patrick’s College, Cavan. He showed no interest in my complaint. For this

    reason I also put my complaint to him in writing at a later date (1st November

    1974). A copy of this letter is attached to this statement. Bishop McKiernan’s

    predecessor Bishop Quinn, then deceased, was aware at the time of my

    ordination of Fr. Brendan Smyth’s sexual devious activities of which he made no

    secret in a conversation with me after the ordination ceremony. Going back

    somewhat in time I remember that in 1966 or 1967 I called to the Garda Station

    in Balleyjamesduff and I spoke to a Sergeant there. I do not know his name. I

    told him of worries about Fr. Brendan Smyth’s activities. Fr. Smyth was not

    at that time a resident in the Abbey, he was in the U.S.A. However, for me it was a

    matter of the good name of the monastery. I got no satisfaction whatsoever from

    him and was totally frustrated. My conviction was as firm as ever that something

    had to be done in this extremely volatile matter. From 1974 on I was heavily

    involved in research and teaching at the Universities of Bonn and Bochum, which

    meant that my visits to Ireland became less frequent. In a visit to Kilnacrott in

    early 1985, Easter time, with a German lawyer friend Mr. Wenkebach we stayed

    at the Abbey for some days. As a result of my discussions with students, during

    which concern over Fr. Brendan Smyth’s activities were constantly voiced, I was

    issued with a Solemn Warning in writing by Abbot Smith. This warning

    prohibited me from speaking or writing to any member of the community in

    training. I wrote to him on 20th August 1985 totally rejecting this shameful and

    childish measure. A copy of this letter is attached to this statement. In September

    1984 and before my trip to Ireland with Mr. Wenkebach I traveled to California at

    (page 6 – Affidavit of Bruno Mulvihill)

    my own expense for the Abbatial Blessing of Abbot Ladislas Parker and to meet

    with Abbott General Marcel Van de Ven who is the Superior General of the

    Norbertine Order. I also wanted to meet with First Member (Definitor) of the

    Abbots General Council, Abbot Benjamin Macken of De Pere Abbey, Wisconsin.

    I met with all three. I told the Abbot General and Abbot Mackin of the desolate

    state of affairs at Kilnacrott Abbey including the dangers for the Irish church at

    large. I mentioned the carry on of Fr. Brendan Smyth [sic] in detail. Both of them

    expressed their surprise and disbelief but promised that they would look into the

    matter and do what they could. It resulted in the appointment of Abbot Parker of

    Orange, California, a well known trouble-shooter, to do a searching Visitation of

    Kilnacrott Abbey and Dependencies in September 1986. I will forward a copy of

    this Visitators Report to Inspector Murray when I return to Germany. In the

    course of my long discussions with the two Visitators Abbot Parker as already

    mentioned and Fr. Robert Finnegan, Parker described Kilnacrott to me as a

    “suicide candidate”. “You can talk to a suicide candidate for as long as you wish

    but if he’s serious about it he’s going to commit suicide in the end.” My only

    motive for being so persistent was my conviction that a definite case of child

    abuse in itself utterly despicable and reprehensible was being treated flippantly by

    Abbot Smith and that despite my protests Fr. Brendan Smyth [sic] was continuing to

    Abuse children. It disgusted me that the major religious superior, Abbot Smith

    was covering up on a massive scale a gross injustice to individuals and to society

    while Brendan Smyth was having for a few minutes his foul sexual satisfaction

    and was doing this at the expense of turning innocent children into psychic cripples

    for life with all the attendant consequences. These innocent children have been

    turned into social misfits by the evil deeds of one whose action were condoned

    and covered up on a massive scale and irresponsibility. I have taken this matter

    as far as possible within ecclesiastical circles but without any tangible results. I

    (page 7 – Affidavit of Bruno Mulvihill)

    have even brought this matter to the notice of the press and I am readily available

    for interview by the Gardai at any time. I will forward copies of all documents

    mentioned in this statement at my earliest convenience. This statement is correct.

    SIGNED: BRUNO E. MULVIHILL

    WITNESSED: MICHAEL MURRAY D/INSPECTOR

    WITNESSED: A.P. McNALLY D/SUPERINTENDENT
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    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sexual...Salesian_order


    In Australia, there are allegations that the Salesians moved a priest convicted of abuse in Melbourne to Samoa to avoid further police investigation and charges.[1][2]

    In August 2008, the Salesian head in Australia, Fr Frank Moloney SDB, apologised to victims of a former priest Paul Evans convicted of a series of offences. Evans was a Salesian priest when the offences occurred at Boys' Town in Sydney in the 1980s. He was legally and canonically removed from the Order in 1991.[3]

    There have been a number of convictions related to sexual abuse by teachers and priests at the school, particularly in regard to offences committed in the 1970s and 80s,[4] including: Michael Aulsebrook, gaoled for the sexual abuse of a 12-year-old student in 1983;[5] Peter Paul van Ruth, who was sentenced to 28 months gaol in 2011 for indecently assaulting two 12-year-old boys;[6] and Frank Klep, a former principal of the college who "...was convicted in 1994 of four charges of sexual assault relating to incidents during the 1970s."[7]

    Other priests from the college reached settlements with substantial compensation payments paid to their victims, over allegations of sexual abuse, but were not otherwise convicted,[8][9][10][11] while Father Jack Ayers, a teacher and gardener at the school, was moved to Samoa after accusations were made against him.[12]
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    Fr. Brendan Smyth abused in Ireland, America, Italy, Wales & Scotland.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Andrew49 View Post
    Fr. Brendan Smyth abused in Ireland, America, Italy, Wales & Scotland.
    Amazing really when you think the only money he'd have had to travel as widely as he did would have come from the 'Dealing With It' Squad.
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    One Plus One: Julian Punch - One Plus One - ABC News



    Julian Punch is a former Catholic priest whose tireless battle for social justice and gay rights saw him branded as a renegade. He quit the church after realising he couldn’t lead a double life as a priest and an outspoken gay man.







    Julian Punch's thoughts:

    As a homosexual man Julian Punch was attracted to the Catholic seminary - Corpus Christi College - because there was no pressure to marry there, so safe place to go in to. Julian suggests there is an ironic connection between celibacy and the gay community.

    Every month you had to go to head of college - Rector - and bare your life. They were concerned about inordinate friendships (same sex attraction). The seminary was homophobic. "it became an undercurrent of watching people."

    There was a "contradiction" because the seminary attracted gay people ...

    Ultra-conservative and unpopular Cardinal George Pell became head of the first year students who were called "rectoricians" which meant Pell kept an eye on you, detecting the seminarians … getting rid of them if "things weren't right" … persecuting people… "They particularly watched you in first year."

    Julian Punch feels Cardinal George Pell was a confused person, frightened of himself. Julian concludes that Cardinal Pell has unresolved issues, and this is why he resorts to power and control.

    They had an overall fascination with gay community.

    Starry: So terribly, terribly sad about the first year lads who were badly affected by the whole system at Corpus Christi College.



    My (Starry) thoughts … celibacy...

    The RCC won't allow gay priests because they believe it's an affront to God.

    I think it's in the Acts of the Apostles, or a Letter to … that ...

    Peter was married twice. He abandoned his first wife to follow Christ. Did he send her any money? And then he married a Christian woman as Pope.



    I feel all of the above is insightful...
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    http://webcache.googleusercontent.co...&ct=clnk&gl=ie


    STATEMENT OF: REV. FR. BRUNO ENDA MULVIHILL

    OF: ULRICHSPLATZ 4,

    D-86150, AUGSBURG,

    GERMANY

    OCCUPATION: PRIEST

    DATE OF BIRTH: 17/7/1945

    TAKEN ON: 8TH JUNE 1995

    AT: CENTRAL DETECTIVE UNIT

    BY: MICHAEL MURRAY D/INSPECTOR

    I HEREBY DECLARE THAT THIS STATEMENT IS TRUE TO THE BEST OF MY

    KNOWLEDGE AND BELIEF AND THAT I MAKE IT KNOWING THAT IF IT IS TENDERED

    IN EVIDENCE I WILL BE LIABLE TO PROSECUTION IF I STATE IN IT ANYTHING

    WHICH I KNOW TO BE FALSE OR DO NOT BELIEVE TO BE TRUE.

    My name is Bruno Enda Mulvihill. I was born in Galway on 17/7/45. I

    am at present a priest of the Norbertine Order working in the city of

    Augsburg. I am a solemnly professed member of the community of

    Kilnacrott Abbey, Co. Cavan. I hold a Bachelor of Arts degree from the

    NUI and hold graduate and post-graduate qualifications in Theology from

    German Universities. In September 1963 I entered Kilnacrott Abbey as a

    Novice. I was ordained on 25th July 1971. When I entered the Abbey,

    Right Rev, Phelim Colwell was Abbot. Very Rev. Kevin Smith was the

    Prior. There were about 18 members in the community at that time. At

    that time Fr. Brendan Smyth had once again become a resident member of

    the Community after having returned from the Diocese of Menevia in

    Wales. In the Spring of 1964 on various Sunday mornings the then Bursar

    Fr. Michael McKeon used take me for a smoke behind the altar boys

    Sacristy. On a number of Sunday mornings at that time we heard the cries

    and sobbing of children. I could hear them call out words like “No – leave

    me alone”. These cries came from the Sacristy after the catechism class.

    Unfortunately, I cannot say who these boys or girls were as all contact with

    the outside world was forbidden during the noviate. Due to the

    (page 2 – Affidavit of Fr. Bruno Mulvihill)

    construction of the building I could not see these children. Fr. McKeon

    enlightened me as to the nature of the matter. He told me that Fr. Brendan

    Smyth was interfering with the children and that he had a history of child

    sexual abuse going back to the 1940’s. He said that we should inform

    the Abbot. We did this and were met by a rebuff by Abbot Colwell

    presumably because Abbot Colwell had a posting for Fr. Brendan Smyth lined

    up in the U.S.A. From 1965 until early 1968 Fr. Smyth was posted to

    Providence, Rhode Island U.S.A. Early in 1968 I answered a phone call

    from Bishop Russell McVinney [sic] of Providence asking for Abbot Colwell.

    The Abbot was at that time in hospital in Dublin. He asked me to inform

    the Abbot that Fr. Smyth was landing that morning in Shannon Airport his

    appointment having been terminated because of his “sexual

    misdeamnour”. With the Pior Father Philip Nash, we drove to Dublin

    and I gave the Abbot the message, which really didn’t surprise him as he

    recalled immediately that Fr. Brendan had returned to the Abbey on two

    previous occasions “under a cloud.” He said that Fr. Brendan had been

    returned from Scotland “because of irregularities in the National School”

    and from Wales because of “trouble with juveniles.” It was quite obvious

    that the Abbot was referring to sexual abuse. In the Summer of 1968 I

    was cleaning out some vacant rooms. In the vacant room which was

    previously occupied by Fr. Brendan Smyth I found a Decree of the

    Congregation of Religious in Rome referring to Fr. Brendan Smyth

    ordering that he not leave the precincts of the Abbey without the

    supervision of another priest and that his faculties for Confession were to

    be rescinded for the rest of his life. The Decree contained a sentence to

    the effect that this was the copy to be handed to Fr. Brendan Smyth.

    Additionally, I found the decree in a drawer in the desk. The prior being

    (page 3 – Affidavit of Bruno Mulvihill)

    Absent I approached the sub-prior Fr. Kilian Mitchell and handed him the

    Decree. He assured me later that day that he had placed it in Fr.

    Brendan’s personal file held in the Abbott’s Office to which he Fr.

    Mitchell had access. I do not remember the date of the Decree but it must

    have been after Fr. Brendan’s return from Providence, presumably because

    of the intervention of Bishop McVinney directly to the then Abbot-

    General Norbert Colwell in Rome. I cannot recollect the signature or

    other details of the Decree. Abbott Colwell died on the 24th December

    1968. Fr. Phillip Nash was automatically appointed Administrator

    until Fr. Kevin Smith was elected Abbot on June 12th, 1969. In 1970 I

    undertook preliminary studies in Munster, Germany. I would visit

    Kilnacrott two or three times a year for 2 or 3 months at a time. During

    one of these visits I saw that Fr. Brendan Smyth was driving a Northern

    Ireland registered car. I saw that he was leaving the Abbey

    unaccompanied and that he was hearing Confessions. I informed Abbott

    Smith of what I saw. He said that Fr. Brendan had been penalized enough

    and that the provisions of the Decree were too stringent anyway. He said

    that he had spoken to Fr. Brendan and that he was satisfied that there

    would be no further misdeamnor. I cannot recall when this conversation

    actually took place. Sometime later again I cannot say exactly when. I

    saw Fr. Brendan Smyth leaving a small store room in the Abbey

    Auditorium with a small female child maybe 9 or 10 years of age. She was

    sobbing. He left the child go its own way and he returned to the

    adjacent shop counter. He worked in this shop during the Bingo sessions in

    the Auditorium. I suspected that the child had been abused in some way

    by Fr. Brendan Smyth. I told the Abbot, Smith about the incident. He told

    me that he didn’t like me “watching confreres”. Unfortunately I do not

    (page 4 – Affidavit of Fr. Bruno Mulvihill)

    know who this child was. At another stage a child, a boy, aged about ten

    to eleven years from the vicinity of the Abbey told me that Fr. Brendan

    Smyth had “stuck his hand up my arse again” . I don’t know who this boy

    was. I told Abbot Smith who turned the wheel around and suggested that I

    would only notice such behavior because I must be of similar sexual

    orientation to Fr. Brendan. Around the same time which was early 1970’s

    a local boy whose first name was [redacted] and who seemed to me to be of

    low intelligence ran past me in the Repository and muttered “He’s at me

    again”. Fr. Brendan Smyth appeared at that moment from around the corner and

    went into the community quarters. This boy [name redacted] would have been

    about twelve or 13 years of age at the time. He lived in the first house on

    the left on the [location redaction] coming from the Abbey.

    # 4.1995 Bruno E. Mulvihill

    In the summer of 1974 a function commemorating the fifteenth anniversary of the

    Arrival of the Paemonstratensians in Ireland was held at Kilnacrott Abbey. Among

    the prominent guests were the Papal Nuncio to Ireland Archbishop Alibrandi and

    the local Diocesan bishop of Kilmore Bishop Francis McKiernan. I spoke with

    both of them separately concerning the serious situation of Kilnacrott Abbey as a

    religious House. Archbishop Albrandi was not interest in listening to my

    complaints. The major complaint that I mentioned to him was an impending

    sexual scandal of unforeseeable dimensions concerning Fr. Brendan Smyth whose

    abuse I mentioned. The nuncio told me in a sacrosanct manner that I would be

    better off studying Theology in Rome rather that in Germany. Because of the

    dissatisfactory response I decided at a later date to put the matter in writing. A

    (page 5 – Affidavit of Bruno Mulvihill)

    copy of this letter is appended to this statement. The letter is dated 1st November

    1974. After the Jubilee mass I spoke with Bishop McKiernan. I told him the

    same as I had told Archbishop Albrandi. Bishop McKiernan devolved the

    conversation around to his schoolboy days together with Abbot Smith at St.

    Patrick’s College, Cavan. He showed no interest in my complaint. For this

    reason I also put my complaint to him in writing at a later date (1st November

    1974). A copy of this letter is attached to this statement. Bishop McKiernan’s

    predecessor Bishop Quinn, then deceased, was aware at the time of my

    ordination of Fr. Brendan Smyth’s sexual devious activities of which he made no

    secret in a conversation with me after the ordination ceremony. Going back

    somewhat in time I remember that in 1966 or 1967 I called to the Garda Station

    in Balleyjamesduff and I spoke to a Sergeant there. I do not know his name. I

    told him of worries about Fr. Brendan Smyth’s activities. Fr. Smyth was not

    at that time a resident in the Abbey, he was in the U.S.A. However, for me it was a

    matter of the good name of the monastery. I got no satisfaction whatsoever from

    him and was totally frustrated. My conviction was as firm as ever that something

    had to be done in this extremely volatile matter. From 1974 on I was heavily

    involved in research and teaching at the Universities of Bonn and Bochum, which

    meant that my visits to Ireland became less frequent. In a visit to Kilnacrott in

    early 1985, Easter time, with a German lawyer friend Mr. Wenkebach we stayed

    at the Abbey for some days. As a result of my discussions with students, during

    which concern over Fr. Brendan Smyth’s activities were constantly voiced, I was

    issued with a Solemn Warning in writing by Abbot Smith. This warning

    prohibited me from speaking or writing to any member of the community in

    training. I wrote to him on 20th August 1985 totally rejecting this shameful and

    childish measure. A copy of this letter is attached to this statement. In September

    1984 and before my trip to Ireland with Mr. Wenkebach I traveled to California at

    (page 6 – Affidavit of Bruno Mulvihill)

    my own expense for the Abbatial Blessing of Abbot Ladislas Parker and to meet

    with Abbott General Marcel Van de Ven who is the Superior General of the

    Norbertine Order. I also wanted to meet with First Member (Definitor) of the

    Abbots General Council, Abbot Benjamin Macken of De Pere Abbey, Wisconsin.

    I met with all three. I told the Abbot General and Abbot Mackin of the desolate

    state of affairs at Kilnacrott Abbey including the dangers for the Irish church at

    large. I mentioned the carry on of Fr. Brendan Smyth [sic] in detail. Both of them

    expressed their surprise and disbelief but promised that they would look into the

    matter and do what they could. It resulted in the appointment of Abbot Parker of

    Orange, California, a well known trouble-shooter, to do a searching Visitation of

    Kilnacrott Abbey and Dependencies in September 1986. I will forward a copy of

    this Visitators Report to Inspector Murray when I return to Germany. In the

    course of my long discussions with the two Visitators Abbot Parker as already

    mentioned and Fr. Robert Finnegan, Parker described Kilnacrott to me as a

    “suicide candidate”. “You can talk to a suicide candidate for as long as you wish

    but if he’s serious about it he’s going to commit suicide in the end.” My only

    motive for being so persistent was my conviction that a definite case of child

    abuse in itself utterly despicable and reprehensible was being treated flippantly by

    Abbot Smith and that despite my protests Fr. Brendan Smyth [sic] was continuing to

    Abuse children. It disgusted me that the major religious superior, Abbot Smith

    was covering up on a massive scale a gross injustice to individuals and to society

    while Brendan Smyth was having for a few minutes his foul sexual satisfaction

    and was doing this at the expense of turning innocent children into psychic cripples

    for life with all the attendant consequences. These innocent children have been

    turned into social misfits by the evil deeds of one whose action were condoned

    and covered up on a massive scale and irresponsibility. I have taken this matter

    as far as possible within ecclesiastical circles but without any tangible results. I

    (page 7 – Affidavit of Bruno Mulvihill)

    have even brought this matter to the notice of the press and I am readily available

    for interview by the Gardai at any time. I will forward copies of all documents

    mentioned in this statement at my earliest convenience. This statement is correct.

    SIGNED: BRUNO E. MULVIHILL

    WITNESSED: MICHAEL MURRAY D/INSPECTOR

    WITNESSED: A.P. McNALLY D/SUPERINTENDENT
    The problem was that the Church saw itself as a state within a state.

    It is not long ago, while Michael McDowell was Minister, that there was serious debate in the media over whether Church Law or State Law prevailed.

    McDowell ended the argument in curt fashion by describing Canon Law as merely being the rules of the club, like a golf club's "constitution".

    I'm no of fan of Starey, but she performs a valuable service on these church related threads.
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    With written lyrics -





    The Devil bowed his head because he knew that he'd been beat.
    And he laid that golden fiddle on the ground at Johnny's feet.
    Johnny said, "Devil, just come on back. If you ever wanna try again,
    I done told you once — you son of a bitch — I'm the best that's ever been."

    "Fire on the Mountain." Run, boys, run!
    The Devil's in the house of the rising sun;
    The chicken's in the bread pan picking out dough.
    Granny, will your dog bite? No, child, no.



    https://www.azlyrics.com/lyrics/char...togeorgia.html
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    Quote Originally Posted by Old Mr Grouser View Post
    The Archbishop was charged in March 2015. Adelaide Archbishop Philip Wilson charged with concealing sex abuse

    It's alleged that in the 1970's, before he had become a bishop, he failed report child sex abuse by a fellow-priest.

    At the time, in 2015, he said that he would, “vigorously defend my innocence", but for two years his lawyers have been arguing, unsuccessfully, for the charges to be struck out.

    The case is now set down for a trial in November.

    Supposedly he is, like Cardinal Pell, paying for his own defence.

    Here's a 2015 news-report -



    Australia is many hours ahead of us, and the Archbishop's trial should have started today.

    However he didn't turn up, pleading ill-health and provided medical evidence.


    Magistrate Caleb Franklin is considering an application to delay the trial due to Archbishop Wilson's cognitive state.

    Archbishop Wilson's lawyers today told the court he had Alzheimer's disease, and needed medication that could take months to work.

    Philip Wilson: Adelaide Archbishop accused of covering up child sexual abuse has trial delayed
    Fr Glen Walsh, a Catholic priest who had been due to give evidence for the Prosecution, committed suicide a few weeks ago. Catholic priest has died

    I must say that I'm uneasy about the whole thing.

    Although the charge against Wilson alleges that he concealed evidence round about 2005 the allegation is that he had at that time dishonestly failed to disclose to the police memories that he must have had in his head from the 1970's.
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