November 15, 2005

Bishop let cousin in sex probe work on as priest

Irish Independent

A BISHOP knew for three years that an allegation of sex abuse had been made against one of his priests, who is also his cousin.

He only asked him to stand aside two weeks ago.

The bishop also took three years to order an examination of diocesan files to determine whether or not any other allegations had been made against him.

In addition, neither the Garda nor the local health authority was told about the allegation until two months ago.

The Archdiocese of Los Angeles has confirmed to the Irish Independent it informed the Bishop of Elphin, Dr Christopher Jones, that an allegation of sex abuse had been directed against the priest.

The priest served in Los Angeles between 1957 and 1964.

Posted by kshaw at November 15, 2005 02:15 AM