A PRISON CHAPLAIN
I think in a previous post regarding Father Dallat, I spoke of what would happen in any other profession where such behaviour had taken place. The behaviour ? Transgressing every professional boundary between the professional and a client, particularly in engaging in sexual relations. If a GP, a lawyer, a teacher - any professional - did such with somebody with whom he / she had a professional relationship, it would be deemed that such person was not fit to continue in the profession. It appears that Father Dallat has a track record of this kind of behaviour, and I am sure there is much more that has not come to light as of yet. I am dumbfounded that Bishop Treanor has resorted to discredited tactics - namely, sending the priest away for a bit of spiritual R & R, and then quietly trying to reintroduce him. Does he not realise from past experiences in the RC Church that Father Dallat will simply lie low for a while, but will then return to his old ways and continue to inflict damage on those around him, particularly vulnerable women who crave for some attention and affection, whom he will happily take advantage of under the guise of pastoral care and concern and satisfy his own needs at the expense of vulnerable people. This matter should be referred to the Safeguarding people in the Diocese, or in the State, so that Father Dallat will not have any further opportunity to use his profession, his priesthood, his privileged position, in order to take advantage of the vulnerable. Why can Bishop Treanor not see this ?
I am equally flabbergasted at the suggestion that Father Dallat should become a prison chaplain ! I am a prison chaplain in England, lay not ordained, and I know how vulnerable and fragile are so many people in prison. Father Dallat's modus operandi is to take advantage of the vulnerable, albeit under the guise of pastoral care, and I am sure in prison he will take advantage of those who are given in to his care. It may not be sexual advantage - it appears that Father Dallat is rampantly heterosexual and unless he has access to a female establishment there should not be too much sexual temptation. And, I hope people would have the sense to keep him away from the women prisoners with his track record. But....I would put my money on it that there will be lots of other ways that Father will be able to do favours for his charges. That will get him in to trouble in prison, where security and strict boundaries are essential. Father Dallat isn't good at boundaries, it appears.
So, what should happen to Father Dallat ? He should be removed from public ministry, and put in to a position where he has no contact with vulnerable people. Perhaps a position in Treanor Towers ? Shuffling paperwork ? Serving dinner parties ? Saying his prayers ?