Cardinal Secrets

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"Cardinal Secrets" is a 2002 Prime Time special produced by Mary Raftery and reported on by Mick Peelo. Its broadcast on RTÉ Television led to the setting up of the Murphy Commission of Investigation into clerical abuse in the Dublin Archdiocese which published the Murphy Report in 2009.[1][2][3][4] Anger at the Catholic Church's handling of clerical sex abuse was reported to have reached a zenith following the broadcast of "Cardinal Secrets".[5]

It revealed how the then Archbishop of Dublin Desmond Connell (since made cardinal) had (a) covered up the defrocking of two priests the church had concluded had been involved in sexual abuse, (b) later failed to give information about these priests to investigators (c) written a "clean" reference for a priest alleged to have committed sexual abuse of children.[6]

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  1. ^ Madden, Andrew (9 November 2005). "This inquiry needs to be given more time". Irish Independent. Retrieved 9 November 2005.
  2. ^ "The Dublin commission: Background". The Irish Times. 26 November 2009. Retrieved 26 November 2009.
  3. ^ "Journalist Mary Raftery dies aged 54". RTÉ News. 10 January 2012. Archived from the original on 15 April 2012. Retrieved 10 January 2012.
  4. ^ McGarry, Patsy (10 January 2012). "Journalist Mary Raftery dies". The Irish Times. Retrieved 10 January 2012.
  5. ^ McDonald, Dearbhail (1 February 2008). "How truth got lost between canon and civil law". Irish Independent. Archived from the original on 9 September 2012. Retrieved 1 February 2008.
  6. ^ Kearns, Martha (18 October 2002). "Cardinal under pressure to answer questions on sex abuse allegations". Irish Independent. Archived from the original on 4 September 2012. Retrieved 18 October 2002.

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