Irish priests say gov't study of abuse was unfair

November 11, 2013

A new review of the work of the Murphy Commission that investigated clerical sexual abuse in the Archdiocese of Dublin charges that priests did not get even-handed treatment and that the process it followed was unfair.

Undertaken by the 1,000-member Association of Catholic Priests, the review also said the commission's work exceeded its announced plans to investigate institutions rather than individuals.

The review poses a challenge to Dublin Archbishop Diarmuid Martin, who defended the commission's findings in a statement Oct. 29.

The commission published a scathing 814-page report in November 2009 in which diocesan officials in Ireland's largest diocese, including bishops, were roundly condemned for covering up and mishandling reports of sexual abuse of children.

In response, Martin said children who were abused by priests must be remembered during any criticisms of the Murphy report.