October 26, 2005

Church negligent, says abuse victim

Belfast Telegraph

By Claire Regan

26 October 2005
A Belfast man who was sexually abused by the notorious paedophile priest at the centre of a damning report into the horror of clerical child abuse in the Diocese of Ferns in the Republic, today branded the Catholic Church as "negligent and irresponsible".

Damien McAleenan said Fr Sean Fortune may have been prevented from moving on to abuse more victims in the Co Wexford diocese if two allegations of sexual abuse made against him while in south Belfast had been treated differently by the Catholic Church.

The 39-year-old, who met the pervert cleric when he was an altar boy at Holy Rosary Parish on the Ormeau Road, spoke out after the Republic government's probe into the activities of pervert priests in the diocese of Ferns over a 40-year period.

Former Supreme Court Judge Frank Murphy's damning report found that the church lied, deceived and covered up to protect 21 priests in the diocese who had faced more than 100 allegations of child sexual abuse.

Posted by kshaw at October 26, 2005 12:57 PM