October 28, 2005

Revelations don't go far enough, says cleric

Belfast Telegraph

By Sarah Brett

28 October 2005
A Catholic priest, who was cleared of sex abuse charges, today said the report revealing the extent of paedophile priest allegations in Derry does not go far enough.

Father Edward Kilpatrick - who was cleared abuse charges in the 1990s - was speaking after the Bishop of Derry revealed that around 40 child sex abuse allegations have been made against 26 priests in the Derry diocese over the last 50 years.

Around 13 of those are still working in the Catholic Church, some in the Derry diocese.

In an unprecedented move to allay fears following the devastating findings of the Ferns report into child sex abuse in the Republic, the Bishop of Derry and Raphoe Seamus Hegarty held a Press conference yesterday to reveal the findings of investigations into the diocese.

To protect the identities of both priests and victims, the bishop said he would not be naming any of the men involved in the allegations, nine of whom are now dead.

Posted by kshaw at October 28, 2005 08:08 AM