Wednesday 18 October 2017

Sometimes sorry is just not enough

Bishop John Magee yesterday made an unequivocal apology to victims of clerical sex abuse in his former diocese of Cloyne, expressed his shame and horror at what had occurred there, and fully accepted the findings of the Cloyne Report, which severely criticised his handling of events.

The apology, like the criticism, centred on his failure to implement -- in his words, "fully implement" -- the guidelines on the issue laid down in 1996.

If thereby he had made any victim suffer more, he said, "on my bended knee I beg for forgiveness."

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