In 1970, a ten year old girl, Bernadette Connolly was abducted, raped and murdered in County Donegal.
The crime has never been solved.
The known facts of the case are that a van was seen by several people in the vicinity of the abduction. That van was owned by the Passionate Order of monks, who had a house in the area. Suspicion centred on a Father Columba who was a member of the Passionate Order.
Naturally, detectives wanted to interview this Fr Columba, and here is where the mystery begins.
An alibi was provided for Fr Columba by another monk, who said Columba was in Dublin at the time. Yet an eyewitness said they saw that monk in the van with Columba near the scene of the abduction at the time of the crime. In the early stages of the investigation, Columba was transferred to Africa. At every turn, detectives were met with silence and non-cooperation. Vital evidence, such as Bernadette’s bicycle went missing. The investigation was eventually stopped at the highest level.
Why did the monastery fail to cooperate? Why did the Church stop the investigation?
To my mind, there can be only one reason.
We know that the Church are quite willing to shield abusers, paedophiles and rapists. We know their policy of protecting themselves against any investigation, no matter how guilty they are.
Has the Church sunk so low into the depths of depravity that they will knowingly shield and protect a child murderer?
I thought the Murphy report was bad.
But this just defies all belief.