Seán Fortune

St. Peter's Basilica, the largest Catholic church in the world

Catholic priest from Ireland, and child molester, who allegedly used his position to gain access to his victims.

- Seán Fortune

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St Peter's College, Wexford

Irish secondary school and former seminary located in Summerhill, overlooking Wexford town.

The main entrance to St. Peter's College
Outside the 'old' section of St. Peters College

Seán Fortune – (1954 – 13 March 1999) Catholic priest accused of child molestation.

Ferns Report

Official Irish government inquiry into the allegations of clerical sexual abuse in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Ferns in County Wexford, Ireland.

Saint Aidan's Cathedral, Enniscorthy

Fr Seán Fortune ministered in the village of Poulfour in Co. Wexford, in Belfast and in Dundalk. Allegations of abuse were made against him in all three places.

Suing the Pope

Suing the Pope is a March 2002 documentary by Colm O'Gorman and the BBC which details the abusive activities of priest Sean Fortune and the response of the diocese of Ferns to his activities over the years.

Fethard-on-Sea boycott

Controversy in 1957 involving Sean and Sheila Cloney , a married couple from the village of Fethard-on-Sea, County Wexford, Ireland.

Sean Cloney was one of the people from the area who complained about the behaviour of Father Sean Fortune, including child sexual abuse and stealing money.

Brendan Comiskey

Roman Catholic Bishop Emeritus of the Diocese of Ferns.

St. Peter's Basilica, the largest Catholic church in the world

He resigned on 1 April 2002, over charges that he had failed to deal adequately with allegations that Fr. Seán Fortune and others were sexually abusing children.

Fortune (name)

Both a surname and a given name.

Seán Fortune (1954–1999), Irish priest and alleged child molester

Catholic Church sexual abuse cases

There have been many cases of sexual abuse of children by Catholic priests, nuns, Popes and other members of religious life.

Theodore Edgar McCarrick (born 1930), ordered in 2018 by Pope Francis to a life of prayer and penance. Found guilty of sexual crimes against adults and minors and abuse of power, he was dismissed from the clergy in February 2019. He is the most senior church official in modern times to be laicized and is the first cardinal laicized for sexual misconduct.
Pope Francis making a speech in the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile (2018). The Catholic Church in Chile in 2018 suffered one of the worst of the worldwide Catholic sexual abuse cases, including the Fernando Karadima case, resulting in several convictions and resignations.
Catholic Church percentage by country
2011 graffiti in Portugal depicting a priest chasing two children
Rome, 2007. March organized by Facciamo Breccia against the interference of the Catholic Church in Italian Politics. The placard says: If Ratzinger really wants to play inquisitor that much, why doesn't he go deal with his pedophile priests?

In the wake of the broadcast of a BBC Television documentary, Suing the Pope, which highlighted the case of Seán Fortune, one of the most notorious clerical sexual offenders, the Irish government initiated an official inquiry into the allegations of clerical sexual abuse in the Irish Roman Catholic Diocese of Ferns.

Colm O'Gorman

Executive director of Amnesty International Ireland.

As an adolescent in County Wexford – between the age of 15 and 17 – O'Gorman was sexually abused by Fr Seán Fortune.

Catholic Church sexual abuse cases in Ireland

From the late 1980s, allegations of sexual abuse of children associated with Catholic institutions and clerics in several countries started to be the subject of sporadic, isolated reports.

A study funded by the USA National Institute of Drug Abuse found that "Among more than 1,400 adult females, childhood sexual abuse was associated with increased likelihood of drug dependence, alcohol dependence, and psychiatric disorders. The associations are expressed as odds ratios: for example, women who experienced nongenital sexual abuse in childhood were 2.83 times more likely to suffer drug dependence as adults than were women who were not abused."

In March 2002, a BBC documentary, titled Suing the Pope, highlighted the case of Seán Fortune, one of the most notorious clerical sex offenders.