October 26, 2005

Bishop to make statement on abuse

BBC News

A statement on clerical sex abuse is to be issued by the Catholic Bishop of Derry, Dr Seamus Hegarty.

It follows publication of a report which found that 21 priests had abused children in County Wexford over the past 40 years.

Fr Michael Canny, administrator of St Eugene's Cathedral, said he expected the statement "to be significant".

He said the bishop wanted to reject the impression the country was "crawling with priests who are paedophiles".

"The context of this statement is that there may well be an impression among people that the country is crawling with priests who are paedophiles and all of them, like Fr Sean Fortune, and that no doubt people are today going to chapel and people are going about their business talking about this," he said.

Posted by kshaw at October 26, 2005 08:06 AM