January 13, 2006

Priest granted trial after 20 years.

The Tablet

ONE OF the most prominent priests to fall victim to the American sex abuse scandal, Mgr Charles Kavanagh, has won his battle for a canonical hearing.

“I am absolutely delighted that the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith has granted my request for a full and fair trial,” said Mgr Kavanagh.

A spokesman for the Archdiocese of New York, Joseph Zwilling, said: “This is the first case of its kind that we’ve had. Because this is something new, we really don’t know what it means.”

Judicial investigation of clerical abuse remains a rarity. It used to be common for American bishops simply to transfer a priest accused of sexual misbehaviour with a minor, sometimes lying to the new parish about his record.

Posted by kshaw at January 13, 2006 07:53 AM