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Irish paedophile priest was 'volunteer' in Dutch church

Published 26/04/2010 | 05:00

AN Irish-born defrocked paedophile priest documented in a film has been volunteering at a church in the Netherlands.

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The congregation at the church where he helped at Masses -- including christening ceremonies -- were unaware of Oliver O'Grady's prior conviction.

A parishioner at the Church of the Holy Heart, Christ Our Redeemer, in Rotterdam said the congregation was "shocked" after O'Grady's true identity as a convicted sex offender emerged.

"They were so shocked, they couldn't get over it. No one knew, not even in the community," she said.

A spokeswoman for the committee of the English-speaking Catholic community said: "He was a parishioner, who sorted out our hymns every Sunday and helped prepare the altar."

The community learnt of the true identity of the man they knew as Francis, after the documentary 'Deliver Us From Evil' was aired on Dutch television.

"The very next morning we contacted the local police. They reassured us that they were aware of his whereabouts and that we had nothing to worry about," the spokeswoman added.

It is understood the defrocked priest had already left by that time.

O'Grady was deported to Ireland in 2000 after spending seven years in a US prison for sexually abusing two boys.

Irish Independent

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