October 29, 2005

Catholic Church hit by fresh sex abuse shame

Belfast Telegraph

By Deborah McAleese

29 October 2005
Further details of sex abuse within the Catholic Church were unfurled last night with the disclosure of abuse allegations within Armagh and Dromore dioceses - the final dioceses covering parts of Ulster to unveil the information.

According to Armagh diocesan records allegations of sexual abuse have been made against eight priests over the past 50 years.

And the Bishop of Dromore Rev John McAreavey confirmed that allegations have been made against five priests within his diocese.

These new figures potentially raise the total number of priests in Northern Ireland dioceses to have faced sex abuse allegations since the 1950s to around 60.

Three of Northern Ireland's diocese - Clogher, Derry and Down and Connor - revealed yesterday that at least 43 priests have faced sex abuse allegations over the past 50 years.

Posted by kshaw at October 29, 2005 08:42 AM