October 25, 2005

Irish probe finds abuse cover-up in Catholic Church


By Paul Hoskins and Kevin Smith

DUBLIN (Reuters) - The Roman Catholic Church in Ireland covered up the sexual abuse of young people by priests over several decades in one diocese, a state probe has concluded.

The 270-page report, which stems from an investigation begun in 2002, was published on Tuesday and details the Church's handling of 100 allegations of abuse against 21 priests in the diocese of Ferns in County Wexford dating back to the mid-1960s.

"It is clear from the report that effective action was not taken to protect vulnerable children over a period many years," Minister for Children Brian Lenihan said in a statement.

"On behalf of the government I want to condemn in the strongest possible terms the repeated failure and gross dereliction of duties of those in positions of trust in the Dioceses of Ferns," the minister added.

Posted by kshaw at October 25, 2005 01:07 PM