Sunday 26 March 2017

Bishop defends post for voyeur priest

THE Bishop of Raphoe Philip Boyce last night defended his decision to promote a priest convicted of voyeurism, writes Greg Harkin.

Fr Patrick McGarvey was appointed parish priest of Fanad, Co Donegal last month.

Six years ago he was banned from a shopping centre in Derry after pleading guilty to spying in men's toilets.

Bishop Boyce said: "He has apologised for his actions in the past, which did not constitute child sexual abuse, and he has paid a high price for it. Not to appoint him parish priest now could be construed as further punishment which would be unwarranted," he said.

Irish Independent

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