November 07, 2005

Fortune swore on oath sex charges were false

Irish Independent

N THE day that paedophile priest Fr Sean Fortune was appointed as a curate in Wexford he signed a sworn statement in front of an Oaths Commissioner denying sex abuse allegations made against him.

Diocesan files obtained by the Irish Independent cast more light on the mishandling of paedophile priests in the Ferns Diocese.

On the day that Bishop Brendan Comiskey appointed him curate in Ballynurn and assigned him to catechetical work at Bridgetown Vocational School, Fr Fortune swore the statement denying charges made against him by a named individual.

In a letter dated September 1, 1989, Bishop Comiskey informed the priest - who committed suicide in 1999, just days before he was due in court on child abuse charges - that he was to be appointed for a year to Ballymurn.

Posted by kshaw at November 7, 2005 06:56 AM