Kindermissbrauch: Diözese Kerry mit 67 Anklagen 21 Priester betreffend – thejournal
Kindermissbrauch: Diözese Kerry mit 67 Anklagen 21 Priester betreffend
THE DIOCESE OF Kerry has dealt with 67 allegations of abuse about 21 priests since 1975, the review by the National Board for Safeguarding Children in the Catholic Church (NBSCCCI) reveals.
All 67 have now been reported to the gardaí and the HSE. There has been just one conviction.
Of the 21 priests accused of sexual offences, eight are still alive and one is still in ministry. Another is out of ministry but still a member of the diocese, while another is retired. Five have left the priesthood – four were laicised and one was dismissed through an application to the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith in Rome.
The NBSCCCI said the priest who is still in ministry was investigated and all safeguarding issues addressed.
The body apologised to one priest who was falsely accused of sexual abuse. It noted:
The NBSCCCI received notification of a complaint against this priest and misunderstood the complaint to relate to sexual abuse when the complaint which was subsequently determined to be unfounded, had related to psychological abuse only.
The NBSCCCI acknowledges that this priest was entirely innocent of any such accusations and he was caus ed to suffer further unnecessary stress and anxiety as a result of this misunderstanding. His good name and character were eventually restored when the person who made the allegations made a public admission in the High Court that the allegations were fabricated and without foundation.
The board said that there was one case which caused it concern involving a priest who requested dismissal from the clerical state. He then moved to another part of the country where he took up a job in which he would have contact with children. ……….
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