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POPE'S EVIL BISHOP; u Magee covered up sickening child sex abuse in his diocese u Many of priests' assaults were not reported to gardai u Cleric claimed to have spoken to suspect but hadn't.

Byline: SARAH BARDON

a lEaDING bishop covered up sick allegations of sex abuse in his diocese, a shocking report revealed last night.

Bishop John Magee, who was private secretary to three popes, lied to the Government when he told them he was following strict guidelines to prevent abuse.

A damning dossier found he didn't report allegations by victims and ignored a 2002 report which found he wasn't protecting kids.

In one shocking cover-up, Bishop Magee deliberately misled authorities when he created a false account of a meeting with a priest suspect.

He gave free rein to his second-incommand Monsignor Denis O'Callaghan, who has admitted he cared more about protecting perv priests than victims.

The 400-page report slammed: "It's a remarkable fact that Bishop Magee took little or no active interest in the management of clerical child sexual abuse cases until 2008."

A woman who was raped by a priest in Cloyne told last night how she still has horror flashbacks.

She said: "I am trapped because wherever I go the nightmares haunt me."

The ex-Bishop, who was holed up in a foreign holiday home yesterday, apologised for failing the victims of abusive priests under his authority.

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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Jul 14, 2011
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