Car­di­nal at cen­tre of Ire­land’s clergy abuse scan­dals dies

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Car­di­nal Des­mond Con­nell, whose ten­ure as Dublin’s Ro­man Catholic arch­bishop was dom­i­nated by rev­e­la­tions of pe­dophilia in the pri­est­hood, has died at the age of 90.

The Dublin Arch­dio­cese said Con­nell died Tues­day in his sleep af­ter a long ill­ness. He over­saw the arch­dio­cese from 1988 to 2004 and was el­e­vated to car­di­nal in 2001.

Con­nell, who spent 35 years as a Univer­sity Col­lege Dublin the­olo­gian be­fore his ap­point­ment, said in 2002 that the child abuse scan­dals then sweep­ing through the Catholic Church in Ire­land had dev­as­tated his time in of­fice.

State-funded in­ves­ti­ga­tions of the church’s ef­forts to con­ceal child abuse within its ranks found that Con­nell typ­i­cally shielded priests from pos­si­ble crim­i­nal in­ves­ti­ga­tions and faulted him for try­ing to keep the arch­dio­cese’s own records on abuse cases se­cret.

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