Bishop Eamonn Casey/ Pedophile/ The Myth
It’s ironic that a few weeks ago the Archbishop of Dublin, the Most Reverend Diarmuid Martin, was talking to the Irish Times about the “darker and sadder side of Church life in a culture of careerism and nastiness.” I wonder was Archbishop Martin talking about the controversial Bishop, Eamonn Casey of Kerry and later Bishop of Galway and Kilmacduagh in the West of Ireland.
We here in Ireland have always viewed Bishop Eamonn Casey, who was deeply arrogant, albeit powerful, deeply flawed and charismatic man. He was loved in Ireland because of his all to human failings as a man and sympathy for his temporary downfall after his affair with an American woman, Annie Murphy, became widely known. Annie Murphy became pregnant with Bishop Casey’s child, Peter, who Bishop Casey was determined that his child, Peter should be given up for adoption, but Annie Murphy, Peter’s Mother resisted, and returned to the United States with their son, Peter, who was born in 1974 in Dublin. Not only was Bishop Casey cunning and deceptive, Bishop Casey made payments from stolen church funds for his Son’s maintenance. Bishop Casey admitted that he had sinned, and wronged his son and his mother, Annie. Bishop Casey resigned and fled to South America, and ended up working in Ecuador. Bishop Casey was one of the most influential and problematic Bishop in the Irish Catholic Hierarchy at the time.
Now we have an even more darker side of this devious Bishop, a charge that he, Bishop Eamonn Casey was an admitted pedophile in every sense of the word. A pedophile hiding in plain sight. I understand the importance of Bishop Casey being human, meeting as a Bishop, a grown woman and finding love with human warmth. I even understand the sexual attraction with her as both a Bishop and a man, finalising their consent to the act of consummating their fleeting love and later their love child, Peter.
But Bishop Casey had a heinous secret or secrets, according to his niece, Patricia Donovan, and one in which Bishop Casey, himself made the admission in the context of another allegation of child rape made against him. Patricia Donovan;- Describing her treatment at the hands of her uncle Bishop Casey as "horrific", - "It was rape, everything you imagine. It was the worst kind of abuse." The allegations were investigated in 2006 but the Director of Public Prosecutions ordered that no charges were to be brought on 13 sample allegations.
In fact it is now know that 13 other allegations of rape against Bishop Eamonn Casey by women who as young girls, as young as 5 years of age, have been levelled against Bishop Casey. Some of the child rape cases have been secretly settled in the Irish Courts. Bishop Casey has admitted to the Irish Police and the Irish Courts that the allegations of child rape against him, Bishop Casey, were true.
Bishop Eamonn Casey was a well known Irish media personality, as well as an Irish Bishop, who was well loved in Ireland for his eccentricities. Much of Bishop Casey's career involved working with children and young people, including visiting schools, orphanages and hospital wards. His relationship with the American Annie Murphy deflect scrutiny of his private life, and that private life was as an active pedophile, with the rape of children, very young girls, as young as 5 years of age.
Bishop Casey speaking at the time to The Irish Times, he, Bishop Casey said, he was “utterly amazed” to be told by the Irish Police in 2005 that there would be no charges, of rape against children to be brought before the Irish Courts, against him. In spite of the fact that Bishop Casey, himself admitted to the Irish Police that the allegations of rape of children against him were true. Bishop Casey also said that the Irish Police had questioned him for six hours.
This is extraordinary, and is an indictment and cover-up by both the DPP and the Irish State. Bishop Casey has also admitted to raping children in England when he worked there for many years as a young Priest, in the 1950s, in the diocese of Arundel and Brighton, in the south of England. Three women made credible allegations that they were sexually raped as children by Fr. Eamonn Casey, later Bishop of Galway, and two of the women have received financial compensation as a result. Another woman made a claim through the Residential Institutions Redress Board and was awarded compensation,” according to the Residential Institutions Redress Board, which is the Ryan Report,
http://www.childabusecommission.ie/rpt/ This woman as a very young girl of 9 years of age was raped by Bishop Pedophile Casey in an Irish orphanage in Galway.
Bishop Eamonn Casey obtained access to pre-teenage girls through his regularly visiting different orphanages in the West of Ireland. Where star stuck Nuns gave the visiting showbiz Bishop, free reign, to rape their orphan girls. Purely because he was a Prince of the Catholic Church and a well known media personality. At that time, Bishop Casey was widely praised for his charity and voluntary activities for Irish people in England. Bishop Casey never denied the sexual rape allegations of Child rape. The Irish Catholic Church and the Irish Media at the time were well aware of allegations of child rape against Bishop Eamonn Casey, we known this from the secret files collected by Archbishop McQuaid of Dublin, and yet none of them acted.
In reality Bishop Eamonn Casey targeted underaged girls, as young as 5 years old, the institutionalised, the poor, and the vulnerable, that's who the young girls were. Bishop Casey’s inappropriate interest in young girls, was well known and hidden, covered up over the decade by many of his peers. But I still don’t understand how Bishop Casey’s reputation as a humanitarian remains undiminished, when you consider his admitting to raping children.
Another case of child rape of a girl by Bishop Casey, who we should call the Jimmy Seville of Galway, who at the time served as a Curate in St John’s Cathedral in Limerick from 1950s, this child rape case was again settled very recently through the Irish High Courts.
Which now bring me to the last place that Bishop Casey worked, and that was in South America, once a pedophile always a pedophile. Poor South America is a paradise for Pedophiles, such as Bishop Casey, he had admitted to the rape of children, both in England and Ireland. The Missionary Society of St. James in which Bishop Casey worked is Based in Boston and is an international organisation of diocesan missionary Priests who mostly work in poorer countries in South America. Like Peru, Bolivia and Ecuador.
It was catastrophic mistake not to arrest and prosecute Bishop Casey at the time, or even later, especially when he admitted to his crimes of multiple rape of children, including his 5 year old niece. Also the shame of the Irish Press and Media not to print Bishop Casey’s story of admitted pedophilia on their front pages. I heard both the Catholic Church and the Irish Police say -“ That you didn't talk about those things then.” It now appears that many people including state and religion institutions knew about Bishop Casey’s rapes of children for over five decades, but all had turned a blind eye to it.
Bishop Eamonn Casey was "a well-organised prolific, serial pedophile, who used his great power, as both a Priest and Bishop, his sacred authority, his influence to procure innocent children and rape them. This was a man, hiding in plain sight who used his position in Irish Society, celebrity status and fundraising activity to gain uncontrolled access to vulnerable people across five decades. A Prince of the Roman Catholic Church who got his sexual gratification in the Rape and defiling of Children. We must also remember that Bishop Eamonn Casey used his position to shield other pedophile Priests operating throughout Ireland. Bishop Eamonn Casey was the head of the Galway pedophile ring.
Maybe If he, Bishop Eamonn Casey was exposed sooner as a pedophile, maybe a few hundred vulnerable children would have been spared their childhood rapes and lifetime humiliations. After all this was a man, a Bishop of the Catholic Church who used his celebrity status and outwardly well-intended good works to gain access to and ultimately rape and sexually exploit children.
While he, Bishop Casey was still alive, 13 women reported being raped by Casey under the age of 11 and 5 of those were under the age of 7. And that is in Ireland alone, that we know of so far, I reckon that number will be higher, once women break their secret church agreements and the media do their jobs.
In England where Fr. Casey worked in the 1960s we knew that he raped children there as well, we also know that secret church payments were made to settle some of these rape cases, very recently. As for South America, we haven’t as of yet had any reports, but I ask, please watch this space.
What I don’t understand is why the Irish Police and Irish Prosecutors had not prosecuted, in the light of the fact that Bishop Eamonn Casey had admitted to the rape of children. I believe that the actions of the Irish Prosecutors was unjustifiably cautious in their approach. I have always called for mandatory reporting which would compel all professionals such as teachers, doctors and social workers and all the Clergy to report suspicions of child abuse and rapes or face legal consequences in our Law Courts. There should be no immunity for the rape of Children or any rape of people, especially by the Clergy of the Cult.
Eamonn Casey, like Jimmy Seville may be best defined as a tragic hero, according to many of his enablers in both the Irish Press and in Government circles. One quality of the classical tragic hero is that he is not perfectly good and that his defeat is caused by a tragic flaw, and was at first defined by his affair with Annie Murphy, which caused both this downfall and the eternal damnation of his fellow fallen Priests despite his dedication to his Priests. In addition, perhaps, lack of completely defined morals compound his tragic nature.
Bishop Casey was depicted as being quite versatile in that he was shown as having the capacity to do real evil and real good while retaining his characteristic sympathetic qualities as a humble churchman. An image he worked hard on to cultivate, his image as a simple man, but in fact we now know, in spite of his enablers, and by his own-utterance, that he, Bishop Eamonn Casey was a pedophile, a corruptor of stolen childhoods, a spoiler of innocents.
It is fitting that the remains of the former, deeply arrogant, Bishop of Galway Eamonn Casey is interned at the Cathedral in Galway City, the same Cathedral that his processor, Archbishop Michael Brown also of Tuam, in Galway, built with stolen orphan funds. While orphans were starved, beaten, raped and flushed as rejects into convent Septic Tanks.
This is where a pedophile Priest, Bishop Casey, like other pedophile Bishops are buried, in the Cathedral crypt. Long may they reign in hell, those infernal Serpents, however, the fallen Bishops become hideous snakes, and soon enough, the Pope himself turned into a snake, deprived of limbs and unable to talk. Thus, they share the same punishment, as they shared the same guilt, the Catholic Church’s pedophiles, enablers of child rape. Owen Felix O’Neill