March 15, 2005

Man suing church over sex abuse

BBC News

A 34-year-old man became mentally ill after a catalogue of "horrendous" abuse at the hands of his parish priest in Coventry, the High Court has been told.

The man, known as "A", is suing the Archbishop of Birmingham in his role as head of the Church in the area.

A's barrister said Father Christopher Clonan sexually abused his client for 10 years when the priest worked at Christ the King Church in Coundon.

Fr Clonan died in Australia in 1998 while on the run from British police.

Robert Seabrook QC said A was molested by Fr Clonan between 1978 and 1988, after the priest had ingratiated himself with his client's devout Roman Catholic family.

Posted by kshaw at March 15, 2005 09:22 AM