One of Ireland‘s leading Catholic bishops admitted on Wednesday that “poor judgments” had been made on how paedophile priests were dealt with.
Responding to a damning report into clerical child sex abuse in the diocese of Raphoe, County Donegal, Phillip Boyce said it had highlighted a “significant level” of paedophile crimes over the past decades.
A separate report for the Derry diocese in Northern Ireland said it had dealt with 23 allegations of sex abuse against priests. Six reports are due out on Wednesday on the extent of clerical abuse in dioceses in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.
The Raphoe report pointed to “significant errors of judgment” by “successive bishops”. The report concluded that “judgments were clouded, due to the presenting problem being, for example, alcohol abuse and an inability to hear the concerns about abuse of children“.
The report said allegations were made against 14 priests between 1975 and 2010. [more]