The Ferns Report: presented to the Minister for Health and Children, October 2005.

Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10147/575032
Title:
The Ferns Report: presented to the Minister for Health and Children, October 2005.
Authors:
Department of Health and Children
Citation:
Department of Health and Children. 2005. The Ferns Report: presented to the Minister for Health and Children, October 2005. Dublin: Department of Health and Children.
Publisher:
Department of Health and Children
Issue Date:
Sep-2005
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10147/575032
Item Type:
Report
Language:
en
Description:
The Ferns Inquiry identified over 100 allegations of child sexual abuse made between 1962 and 2002 against 21 priests operating under the aegis of the Diocese of Ferns I . Six of the priests had died before any allegations of abuse were made against them. Three more died subsequent to the allegations. The nature of the response by the Church authorities in the Diocese of Ferns to allegations of child sexual abuse by priests operating under the aegis of that diocese has varied over the past forty years. These variations reflect in part the growing understanding by the medical professions and society generally of the nature and the consequences of child sexual abuse and in part the different personalities and management styles of successive Bishops. Between 1960 and 1980 it would appear that Bishop Herlihy treated child sexual abuse by priests of his diocese exclusively as a moral problem. He penalised the priest in respect of whom the allegation was made by transferring him to a different post or a different diocese for a period of time but then returned him to his former position. By 1980, Bishop Herlihy recognised that there was a psychological or medical dimension to the issue of child sexual abuse. His decision in 1980 to send priests in respect of whom allegations of abuse were made to a psychoiogist was appropriate and broadly in accordance with the understanding then evolving. What was wholly inappropriate and totally inexplicable was the decision of Bishop Herlihy to appoint to curacies priests against whom allegations had been made and in respect of whom a respected clerical psychologist had expressed his concerns in unambiguous terms as to their suitability to interact with young people. Equally inappropriate was Bishop Herlihy's decision to ordain clearly unsuitable men into the priesthood when he knew or ought to have known that they had a propensity to abuse children.
Keywords:
HEALTH SERVICES AND THEIR MANAGEMENT; SEX ABUSE; CHILD SEXUAL ABUSE; PSYCHOLOGIST

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DC FieldValue Language
dc.contributor.authorDepartment of Health and Childrenen
dc.date.accessioned2015-08-18T11:53:35Zen
dc.date.available2015-08-18T11:53:35Zen
dc.date.issued2005-09en
dc.identifier.citationDepartment of Health and Children. 2005. The Ferns Report: presented to the Minister for Health and Children, October 2005. Dublin: Department of Health and Children.en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10147/575032en
dc.descriptionThe Ferns Inquiry identified over 100 allegations of child sexual abuse made between 1962 and 2002 against 21 priests operating under the aegis of the Diocese of Ferns I . Six of the priests had died before any allegations of abuse were made against them. Three more died subsequent to the allegations. The nature of the response by the Church authorities in the Diocese of Ferns to allegations of child sexual abuse by priests operating under the aegis of that diocese has varied over the past forty years. These variations reflect in part the growing understanding by the medical professions and society generally of the nature and the consequences of child sexual abuse and in part the different personalities and management styles of successive Bishops. Between 1960 and 1980 it would appear that Bishop Herlihy treated child sexual abuse by priests of his diocese exclusively as a moral problem. He penalised the priest in respect of whom the allegation was made by transferring him to a different post or a different diocese for a period of time but then returned him to his former position. By 1980, Bishop Herlihy recognised that there was a psychological or medical dimension to the issue of child sexual abuse. His decision in 1980 to send priests in respect of whom allegations of abuse were made to a psychoiogist was appropriate and broadly in accordance with the understanding then evolving. What was wholly inappropriate and totally inexplicable was the decision of Bishop Herlihy to appoint to curacies priests against whom allegations had been made and in respect of whom a respected clerical psychologist had expressed his concerns in unambiguous terms as to their suitability to interact with young people. Equally inappropriate was Bishop Herlihy's decision to ordain clearly unsuitable men into the priesthood when he knew or ought to have known that they had a propensity to abuse children.en
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherDepartment of Health and Childrenen
dc.subjectHEALTH SERVICES AND THEIR MANAGEMENTen
dc.subjectSEX ABUSEen
dc.subjectCHILD SEXUAL ABUSEen
dc.subjectPSYCHOLOGISTen
dc.titleThe Ferns Report: presented to the Minister for Health and Children, October 2005.en
dc.typeReporten
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