October 28, 2005

Sex abuse figures released by Down and Connor diocese


Fifteen priests have been accused of sex abuse in a 50-year period in the North's largest Catholic diocese, according to figures published today.

Down and Connor released the statistics following a similar move by the Derry diocese in the wake of the publication of the Ferns Inquiry.

According to the latest revelations:

:: Three priests have been convicted.

:: Five priests were dead at the time the allegations were made.

:: 102,000 (150,000) was paid to 10 people because of two clergymen.

:: Two civil actions against one priest are pending.

:: Two other priests have been suspended.

:: A further two have retired.

Posted by kshaw at October 28, 2005 08:39 AM