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Tony O’Dwyer

Location: Dublin Ireland
Facilitates workshops.
Speaks at events.
Speaks to writer groups.
Speaks to book clubs.

Bio

Tony O’Dwyer, PhD, Bradford, worked as a Missionary in the Philippines in the 1960s-1970s. After leaving the priesthood, he supervised the training of 10,000 Irish overseas development workers and missionaries, in the skills of accountability. His newly published book, Betrayal by Silence, is for sale in Hodges Figgis, Rathfarnham Book Shop, Dubray’s Shops, Dublin, Kennys and Charlie Byrne’s, Galway, Liber in Sligo, and Castle in Castlebar. He has two daughters and six grandchildren and lives in Dublin.

Books

Betrayal by Silence, the Collapse of the Irish Catholic Church–has it a Future?

During the last two centuries, the Irish Catholic Church expanded into a powerful socio-political-religious institution. It reached a peak of 34,000 religious personnel in 1967, supported each year by hundreds of millions of Euros, in today’s values. Though already in decline, the church went into a precipitous collapse following reports between 2005 and 2010, from four Government Inquiries which exposed extensive clerical and institutional child abuse and its cover-up by bishops and religious leaders. This book argues that the abuse would have been exposed and the collapse avoided, if the church had practiced public accountability.

It is recommended that the laity campaign to church leaders to practice accountability to the laity, for the resources the church applies to its mission. This is to be done through public audit and evaluation reports. Such initiatives should help restore the laity to their rightful place in the church.

The book is for sale in Hodges Figgis, Rathfarnham Book Shop, Dubray’s Shops, Dublin, Kennys and Charlie Byrne’s, Galway, Liber in Sligo, and Castle in Castlebar. For more info, contact odwyertony@eircom.net

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