Tuesday 21 November 2017

Church works off same old script

Fr Padraic McCarthy comes to the defence of his fellow priest Fr James Chesney, and in the process attacks the integrity of John Cooney, your religious affairs correspondent (Letters, August 25).

There is no doubt in the mind of the Northern Ireland Police Ombudsman that "the RUC decision to seek the Government's assistance through an engagement with senior figures in the Catholic Church and then to accept an understanding that was reported back to them failed those who were murdered and injured".

In ordinary language, there was a blatant cover-up to protect Fr Chesney's involvement in this terrible crime and, like the clerical sex abuse scandal, the church used the same process to protect Fr Chesney, which was to move him to another parish outside the jurisdiction of the RUC.

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