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An abridged version of this article will appear in Studies.


This article draws on data from survey undertaken by the author of this article. The survey was entitled ‘A Window on Murphy’…the perspective of Clergy of the Archdiocese of Dublin. The survey set out to gain an insight into the life and ministry of the priests of the Archdiocese at the time of the publication of the report of the Commission of Investigation into Child Sexual Abuse in the Archdiocese of Dublin; 1975-2004 commonly known as The Murphy Report. The report was published in November 2009; two chapters were withheld and were released at later dates. This article reflects on some of the initial findings of the data provided by the clergy of the Archdiocese of Dublin who responded to the survey. The Murphy Report was a significant event in the history of the diocese. For the first time in its history, a Government investigation was carried out into the functioning of the diocese and a report of this investigation was published in the public domain. The report highlighted instances of abuse and the handling of that abuse within and by the Archdiocese and other agencies. The report was available in full via the internet and the Government Publications Office.