November 04, 2005

Ledwith laicised, church confirms

Ledwith's status:

Micheál Ledwith, former president of St Patrick's College, Maynooth, and a senior Catholic theologian, has been laicised by the Catholic Church.

Church sources confirmed last night that, as recounted in the Ferns inquiry report, Dr Ledwith's "position as a priest of the diocese of Ferns was not resolved until September 2005". His laicisation, initiated by the church some time ago, was not completed until last month.

In June 2002 the 17 trustee/bishops of St Patrick's College, Maynooth acknowledged that before Dr Ledwith's abrupt departure from his post as president there in 1995, there had an allegation of sexual abuse involving a minor made against him, which he strenuously denied. They said he made a settlement with the claimant, without admission of liability.

Posted by kshaw at November 4, 2005 11:09 AM