"THE MEMORY OF JESUS IS BOTH SACRED AND SUBVERSIVE"
Tuesday, 7 March 2017
THE FATHER DAN DUANE CASE
Priest defrocked over alleged abuse loses appeal to pope
A former priest in the Diocese of Cloyne in Co Cork has lost a personal appeal to Pope Francis against his dismissal from the priesthood after the pontiff found a canonical court was right to defrock him for “the crime of abusing minors”.
Dan Duane (78) had already lost two appeals against a decision by the Canonical Court in Ireland to dismiss him from the priesthood after it found he had abused five girls while serving as a priest in north Cork in the 1970s and 1980s.
A native of Doneraile in Co Cork, Mr Duane was ordained a priest in 1963 and served in a variety of parishes, as well as at St Colman’s College in Fermoy.
He was twice tried at Cork Circuit Criminal Court on counts of sexually abusing teenage girls in north Cork in the early 1980s. He was acquitted on the first occasion in May 2011 on the direction of the trial judge and in November 2011 he was acquitted by a jury.
Last year Mr Duane made a third and personal appeal to Pope Francis after the pope declared 2016 to be A Holy Year of Mercy. However, the pope has confirmed to the Bishop of Cloyne, Dr William Crean, that he agreed with the earlier decision to reject Mr Duane’s appeal against dismissal.
A Diocese of Cloyne spokesman told The Irish Times that “Bishop Crean can confirm that he has received the response of Rome to Dan Duane’s appeal and there is no change in the judgment that has already been made, that is to say that Dan Duane has been dismissed from the clerical state.”
According to the diocesan spokesman, the confirmation by Pope Francis of the earlier decision made by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith means Mr Duane cannot present himself as a priest and is prevented from celebrating any of the sacraments.
‘‘ Three priest judges were satisfied to a standard of ‘moral certainty’ and found him guilty of the complaints by the five women
Mr Duane had denied any impropriety at the canonical court hearing held at the Nano Nagle Centre in Killavullen in north Cork, but the three priest judges ruled in March 2013 they were satisfied to a standard of “moral certainty”, and found him guilty of the complaints by the five women.
The diocesan spokesman confirmed Bishop Crean wrote to Mr Duane, who continues to live at the presbytery in Cecilstown between Mallow and Kanturk, to inform him that Pope Francis had rejected his personal appeal and agreed with the decision to dismiss him from the priesthood.
PAT SAYS: Father Dan Duane was acquitted in two cases in an open civil court of the sexual abuse of minors - once by direction of the judge and once by a full jury. In civil law he is therefore an innocent man (innocent until proven guilty). However is a SECRET Catholic Church court he was found guilty by three priests on the basis that they were "morally certain" that he was guilty.
On the basis of that secret judgement he is "DISMISSED FROM THE CLERICAL STATE". That DOES NOT MEAN THAT HE IS NO LONGER A PRIEST.
"ONCE A PRIEST ALWAYS A PRIEST". It means that he is NO LONGER A CLERIC IN GOOD STANDING. The Catholic Church will confirm that any Mass he celebrates is VALID. He is bound under the pain of mortal sin to give the Last Rites to anyone in danger of death. So he REMAINS A PRIEST but is NO LONGER A CLERIC. His Church pension remains in tact but has been reduced by Euro 100 a month :-) I feel uneasy about this whole case for a number of reasons: 1. If there are Father Duane victims they have not really achieved full justice or full closure. 2. If Father Duane is guilty he has compounded the suffering of his victims. 3. If Father Duane is innocent he has suffered a terrible injustice. 4. I also feel very uneasy about that SECRET CHURCH COURT. MY CHURCH "COURT":
When I was sacked in 1986 by Bishop Cahal Daly he first of all refused me any tribunal of appeal.
CAHAL DALY IN LIMBO
In the face of massive publicity and pressure he eventually offered me what I regarded as a KANGAROO COURT. These were the conditions: 1. Daly would appoint the panel to review his decision. 2. I could choose ONE panel member from A LIST HE WOULD DRAW UP! 3. Daly would meet the panel but I would not meet them. I could only write to them! 4. Daly would show the panel my "personnel file" but I would not be allowed to see it! 5. I would not be told the charges against me! 6. I could not know who the witnesses against me were or be allowed to cross examine them! 7. I would have no right to appeal the panel's decision. What did I do? I told Daly to STICK HIS PANEL WHERE THE MONKEY STUCK HIS NUTS :-)
SECRET TRIALS are dangerous trials. SECRET TRIALS smack of the INQUISITION. CATHOLIC CANON LAW with it's SECRET TRIALS are just another reason why the Roman Catholic Church is TOTALLY AT ODDS WITH THE JESUS OF THE GOSPELS.