Irish Victims' Group Demands Bishop Casey Apologize

Catholic World News [Ireland]
January 24, 2006

Jan. 24 ( - An Irish group serving rape victims has demanded a public apology by Bishop Eamonn Casey, saying that the bishop abused his position when he conducted an affair with a woman who bore his child.

The Rape Crisis Network Ireland (RCNI) points out that Bishop Casey's affair with Annie Murphy began when the woman "was in Ireland to recover from a painfully personal experience." The group charges that the bishop betrayed her confidence by his "misuse of position and neglect of duty of care." Thus the affair was "not a private matter between two cosenting adults."

"While the RCNI would not wish to deny Father (sic) Eamonn Casey release from exile," the group said, "we do think that an acknowledgment or even recognition of the wrong doing is required."

The Galway diocese, from which Bishop Casey fled in 1992 after his affair came to light, has announced that the bishop will soon return to live there in retirement. However Bishop Casey himself has told reporters that he will not return to live in Ireland until a sex-abuse complaint, brought by another woman, is withdrawn.


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