October 27, 2005

Rape probe priest is still practising

Irish Independent

A PRIEST under investigation for allegedly raping a young pregnant woman is continuing to serve in the same diocese.

A spokeswoman for the Garda Press Office last night confirmed gardai are investigating allegations of a sexual assault and are currently preparing a file for the DPP.

The priest at the centre of the allegations confirmed he will be saying Mass this morning but refused to comment on the allegations.

He is carrying out his full range of parish duties.

The Archbishop of Tuam, Dr Michael Neary, has declined to answer several questions put to him by The Irish Independent or to clarify why the priest is continuing to serve.

This lack of action by the Church authorities directly contravenes assurances given over the last 48 hours following the Ferns Report.

Posted by kshaw at October 27, 2005 09:33 AM