A BLOG READER YESTERDAY ALLEGED THAT HE HAD REPORTED HIS ABUSE BY A PRIEST STAFF MEMBER TO THE MAYNOOTH PRESIDENT MICHAEL "FANNY" MULLANEY.
He says that he was abused by a Maynooth priest staff member and had written to Mullaney a week ago requesting the contact details of the Maynooth Designated Officer.
THE MAYNOOTH ALLEGATION:
When Mullaney received a complaint about a priest I imagine that his first action would have been to copy the complaint to the priest's bishop.
If they were doing their job properly both Mullaney and the bishop should have immediately reported the complaint to the Garda and the other civil authorities.
In fact, the complainant, in this case, had a meeting with the priest's bishop BEFORE he wrote to Mullaney.
The bishop's response was most curious: "AS THE PRIEST WAS WORKING OUTSIDE THE DIOCESE IN MAYNOOTH I HAVE NO CONTROL OVER HIM"!
But it was the bishop who sent him to Maynooth in the first place!
AND the bishop could withdraw him from Maynooth at any time!
AND it is the bishops who own and run Maynooth!
As pastors, the bishop and Mullaney should also have immediately contacted the complainant and offered them an urgent meeting and invited them to bring a support person with them to that meeting.
In Mullaney's case, to leave a complainant without any response or contact for a week is a sign that people in the Church have not yet learned the lessons of the mishandling of abuse complaints.
An alleged victim should be contacted at the earliest possible moment and offered a listening ear and a range of support measures.
In the meantime, the priest is no longer in Maynooth but has moved on to another type of ministry where he is caring for people even more vulnerable than seminarians.
Are we now seeing the beginning a NEW MAYNOOTH SCANDAL that will finally kill off this disgraced this institution?
My advice to the complainant is to write a detailed account of his abuse and hand it over to the Garda.
I think he should also employ a solicitor to sue Maynooth, the diocese and the priest in question.
He should also notify the priest's new place of ministry.