May 10, 2005

Sex scandal priest cash 'lies' slammed

Belfast Telegraph

By Clare Weir

10 May 2005
A parish priest today slammed "untruths and lies" surrounding a collection for a curate accused of sexual assault.

Fr Andrew McCloskey took leave of absence from St Patrick's church in Dungiven earlier this year after it emerged that 19,000 was awarded in an out of court settlement following an allegation that he assaulted an 18-year-old in 1992.

It then emerged last week that parishioners had invited Fr McCloskey back to present him with the proceeds of a collection held on his behalf.

Over 2,000 churchgoers had already signed a petition of support for the clergyman.

However the presentation, to be held at St Canice's Hall was cancelled after media claims that the collection amounted to a five figure sum - which caused outrage among survivors of sexual abuse and support groups for victims of abuse.

Posted by kshaw at May 10, 2005 01:14 PM