October 25, 2005

Ferns to be named 'one of worst in the world'


25/10/2005 - 14:35:01

The diocese of Ferns is expected to emerge today as one of the worst in the world for clerical child abuse.

Up to 30 priests based in Co Wexford are expected to be criticised in the explosive 271-page Ferns Inquiry Report, which is published this afternoon.

Minister for Children Brian Lenihan presented the dossier to the Cabinet this afternoon and the Attorney General gave legal advice on its publication.

The report is expected to disclose details of allegations made since the 1960s against 25 to 30 priests in Ferns, eight of whom are dead.

The only priests who will be named will be those convicted in the courts, those deceased and those against whom allegations are deemed proven.

Posted by kshaw at October 25, 2005 01:02 PM