November 11, 2005

Diocese rejects calls for public meeting

Irish Independent

The diocese has confirmed it will not hold a public meeting in Ballindaggin despite requests made by a number of parishioners.

The requests were made following protests at recent weekend masses where three parishioners heckled Parish Priest Fr. John Sinnott and demanded to know 'who knew what and when' since he took over from the late Canon Martin Clancy, a serial abuser of young girls who fathered a child by a 14-year-old.

Spokesman John Carroll said the Bishop, the delegate and the outreach support person has made contact with individuals from the parish and the diocese remains committed to meeting with individuals who suffered abuse (and their families) as the priority at present.

'An invitation remains open for persons affected by abuse, or representative groups, to come forward to discuss concerns,' he added.

Posted by kshaw at November 11, 2005 08:44 AM