Wednesday, October 26, 2005
Irish Sex Abuse Report Criticizes Church and State Handling of Complaints – Government Concerned Over How Report is Released
The Irish Government has expressed concern over how a report on sex abuse in that country will be released. The report contains the details of the handling by Church and State authorities of allegations from more than 100 complainants against between 25 and 27 priests of the Ferns diocese dating back to the mid-1960s. Proportionally, the number of priests accused of sex abuse in Ferns is believed to be among the highest uncovered in any Catholic diocese world-wide. At least six priests are expected to be named in the report, with the remainder given coded names as allegations against them have not been proven in the courts. As of Tuesday, there were no plans to "black out" the names of those identified. The Oireachtas Committee on Health and Children is expected to be asked by the Government to examine the report and its recommendations. The report is expected to severely criticise Church authorities in Ferns over its handling of the complaints and is also expected to raise concerns about the response of church authorities outside Ferns. Source. The Irish Times, Ireland.com. For more information, please click here (last visited October 25, 2005, reo).