October 30, 2005

Priest talks about abuse ordeal

BBC News

A priest who worked in parishes in Belfast and Lisburn has been speaking of the abuse he suffered at the hands of another clergyman.

Fr Paddy McCafferty, who is a priest of the Diocese of Down and Connor, said he was abused by the priest when he returned to Belfast for his holidays.

"In the system, you really had no rights. There was no-one to turn to for help," he said.

"I felt that I would have been the one who was in trouble and be blamed."

Fr McCafferty, who is now studying for a theology degree in Dublin where he is a parish chaplain, said he felt he could do nothing to stop the abuse.

Posted by kshaw at October 30, 2005 06:57 AM