Church watchdog reports on protection

Published Monday, 12 May 2014
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Reviews of child protection measures in a number of church diocese across Ireland are being issued by the Catholic Church's watchdog.

Church watchdog reports on protection
The report looked at protection measures in the diocese. (© UTV)

The reports see the National Board for Safeguarding Children in the Catholic Church in Ireland commend church dioceses for improving protection.

However the board also issued a warning that "progress appears slower" for religious congregations and missionary societies.

Teresa Devlin, chief executive of the board, said: "There has been a sea change in that all are now conscious of their obligations around reporting, (but) unfortunately in two cases we saw that priests continued in ministry even though admissions were made and in another order cases against deceased brothers, former brothers and lay teachers were not always notified to the Gardai."

The audit is the latest to follow a series of allegations of abuse within the church, this time focusing on the Archdiocese of Dublin, the Dioceses of Meath, Cloyne and Killaloe.

It also looks at the Presentation Brothers, the Patrician Brothers, Benedictine, Glenstal and the Missionary Societies of the Columban Missionaries and the Society of Divine Word.

It found that almost 6,000 people were Gardaí vetted in the Dublin archdiocese over the past year.

Over 400 allegations of child sexual abuse were made against 101 priests of the Dublin Archdiocese over the past 38 years, it said.

The review is one of eight which have been carried out in the Dublin region, including the Murphy report, an HSE audit and three Gardaí inspections.

It examined the files of 40 local priests or former priests about whom safeguarding concerns had arisen since that time and found that the Archdiocese acted to significantly restrict or terminate the ministries of 27 of those 40 priests.

Among the recommendations for improvement is that the diocese looks at increasing awareness of safe practice where online communications and social media are concerned.

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