February 09, 2005

Cardinal may face public grilling on abuse scandals

IRELAND
One in Four

By Mary Dundon, Political Reporter - Irish Examiner

SENIOR clerics such as Cardinal Desmond Connell could be questioned in public about their responses to abuse complaints against priests in their charge under plans to be brought to Cabinet within a month. The proposals, drawn up by Justice Minister

Michael McDowell, are part of the fast-tracking of public inquiries under an alternative to tribunals which will investigate child sexual abuse by priests in the Archdiocese of Dublin.

The latest figures show that the Archdiocese of Dublin has recorded complaints against 60 priests over the last 40 years, one of which has now been established as false. It has paid out 2.5 million in compensation to 38 victims.

Posted by kshaw at February 9, 2005 08:23 AM