November 04, 2005

Cleric recalls his 'worst nightmare' of false child abuse claims

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A PRIEST falsely accused of child abuse and moved out of ministry has told how the experience was his worst nightmare come true.

The priest, who does not use his name, described how he was summoned to a meeting with his religious superior to discuss a "serious" matter.

The cleric described the ordeal in the latest issue of the religious monthly 'Intercom'.

At the meeting he was told a woman had made an allegation that he had abused her 30 years before, and that he was being suspended from ministry while the case was investigated by Gardai and the Church.

Posted by kshaw at November 4, 2005 11:07 AM