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Wednesday 23 October 2019

Friar believes more revelations to come

DROGHEDA'S outspoken cleric Fr Iggy O'Donovan believes the Catholic Church is facing more damning revelations relating to child sex abuse.

At Sunday mass in the Augustinian Church Fr O'Donovan questioned why Bishop John Magee had not resigned over his 'failure to adequately deal' with clerical sex abuse allegations in the diocese of Cloyne.

Speaking to the Drogheda Independent, Fr O'Donovan said he believes the reason Cardinal Brady supported Bishop Magee's decision not to resign is that 'there is more to come'.

The Augustinian friar said he is aware of a number of outstanding cases but he stressed that 'none of them are in Cardinal Brady's diocese'.

Fr O'Donovan criticised what he called the church's failure to 'admit and repent' its own sins.

He spoke about the 'atmosphere of anti-sexual terrorism' the clergy had imposed on the laity in the past.

However, he maintains the institution 'which constantly speaks of personal sin' now cannot bring itself to 'admit and repent institutional sin'.

'Irish bishops simply have no experience of expressing public regret, never mind resign for institutional defects and misconduct,' he said.

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