RAPHOE ABUSE REPORT DELAYED YET AGAIN

first_imgAN audit of child sex abusers within the Catholic Church in Raphoe may not be published until ‘the end of November at the earliest’, a church source has told donegaldaily.com.Between 15 and 20 priests and lay people are understood to feature in the report, with dozens of victims right across the county. It will not however deal with up to ten suspected paedophile priests prior to 1975.This is the fourth delay in the publication of the report and it’s understood the Diocese has sought the advice of public relations executives on how to handle the expected media frenzy surrounding it. RTE’s Prime Time, TG4, BBC Spotlight and a number of foreign television channels are planning major reports on the audit.The report has been compiled by a church-run National Board for Safeguarding Children in the Catholic Church.Under strict rules the report will be edited by Bishop of Raphoe Philip Boyce.Donegaldaily.com has learned that the vast majority of priests in the Diocese are annoyed at the delays in the publication of the audit. And one of them told us that this was aired at a recent meeting of most priests in the county.“We must be honest and true and we must publish this report,” said the priest.“Our church has been involved in a public relations disaster and this is a chance to change things. We (the priests in the Diocese of Raphoe) are gutted by what has happened and we want our people to know that we are as horrified as they are,” he added.We also understand that there have been a number of new allegations against both priests and lay people concerning alleged attacks several years ago.This may be adding to the delays in the report’s publication. No-one from the Diocese was available for comment despite numerous attempts to contact the Church.RAPHOE ABUSE REPORT DELAYED YET AGAIN was last modified: October 12th, 2011 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more