November 18, 2005

State 'must probe Elphin sex claims'

One in Four

THE STATE has been told it must investigate the handling of clerical sex abuse claims in the diocese of Elphin, writes David Quinn.The call from Colm O'Gorman, the head of victim-support group One in Four, came after it emerged that the Bishop of Elphin, Dr Christopher Jones, knew about a sex-abuse allegation against one of his priests three years ago.

He only asked him to stand aside from his ministry last month following consultations with the Health Service Executive.

Mr O'Gorman said: "A case like this suggests that the diocese isn't properly abiding by the 1996 framework document" - which outlines how bishops should deal with such allegations. "The case demands an investigation by the State into how the diocese is dealing with sex abuse allegations generally."

Posted by kshaw at November 18, 2005 10:42 AM