Hasty bishop should wait to see report
Published 12/08/2011 | 05:00
Bishop of Raphoe Philip Boyce responded in public, in a very hasty manner, to the front page story in the Irish Independent on August 11 under the headline 'Hundreds of children abused by 20 priests' and declared it to be alarmist.
Indeed, this story is very alarmist. But the bishop also states that it is inaccurate and misleading and that he intends to complain that the Irish Independent news report is therefore not in the public interest.
Interestingly, the bishop advises that he has not received the final report on what has occurred in Raphoe over a 40-year period, although he assures us that he co-operated with the audit, which checked the procedures to mitigate the risk of children being abused, that he and his predecessor devised and supervised.